Three sentence movie reviews: The Cake Eaters
While sometimes grabbing an unfamiliar movie from the library works out, sometimes it means 90-120 minutes of “ugh”. So was the case for this movie which despite starring Kristen Stewart (who I like) and being directed by Mary Stuart Masterson (who was good in some key movies in my life) was not a very good movie at all. Aside from the fact the title never bothers to connect itself to the movie,* the plot itself has many confusing attributes** that were just annoying.
*No cake was eaten, no discussion was made about cake, frosting or any desserts at all.
**Here’s a partial list:
- Kristen Stewart’s illness was never really explained. If you are going to have a rare disease in a movie, it pays to let your audience know what’s the deal.
- They live in a tiny town and yet these people seem to have no idea of the existence of each other.
- “Intricately plotted” should only be used when the plot is, well, intricate. This was just members of the same two families sleeping with each other.
- If you are going to have a “very sad realization” happen to one of the characters, you need to spell out a little better what the heck the realization is.
- Movies where hair is cut in a dramatic fashion should manage the wig situation well enough so that the audience can’t tell there is a wig involved.
Cost: Free from library (thank goodness)
Where watched: at home.
(note that the cover of the DVD had a big picture of Kristen Stewart unlike this original poster. I think this film was picked up because of Twilight.)