Food of Love (2003)



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Adapted from David Leavitt's book The Page Turner, Food of Love tells the story of a cross-generational romance between two men. Paul (Kevin Bishop), a sexually repressed teenager, is an aspiring pianist who gets an opportunity to work as a page turner for Richard Kennington (Paul Rhys), a renowned pianist who also happens to be Paul's idol. A flirtation ensues between the two men after a concert one night, but further possibilities are thwarted by the meddling of Paul's neurotic mother Pamela … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Directed By:
Written By: Ventura Pons
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004
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as Richard

as Izzy

as Receptionist

as Gypsie

as Hustler

as Student No. 1

as Student No. 2

as Carolyn

as Boyfriend
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Critic Reviews for Food of Love

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

This is mild-mannered, been-there material given a pedestrian spin by a director who needed a touch of the flamboyant, the outrageous.

February 6, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The performances and tight direction from Ventura Pons keep the film from descending into cheap melodrama.

Full Review… | December 13, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Plays like a glossy melodrama that occasionally verges on camp.

November 15, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's the extra layer that makes this one, the movie's understanding of how disillusion and inner compromise can gradually separate a young artist from his divine spark.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I suspect that there are more interesting ways of dealing with the subject.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

An elegant work, Food of Love is as consistently engaging as it is revealing.

Full Review… | October 31, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Food of Love

This movie had to be the dullest piece-of-crap I've ever seen. Wait-- that would be Gods and Generals. But this would be high up there on my list of crappy movies. It has nothing to do with it being gay-themed (I loved Brokeback Mountain and Touch of Pink). It's just that the script is a thin shroud for a softcore gay porn flick. It is truly horrendous and there's no character development at all. The lead is a page turner for a pianist or something. That's it. No cinematography to redeem it (good cinematography can actually make a really shitty movie good enough for me to like), and there's no great performances by females (which is usually the case and only saving grace for actresses in gay men movies). Stay away from this atrocious production. Don't even watch it out of morbid curiosity.

Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer


I really enjoyed this film. There were many flaws though. The acting seemed disjointed, especially the lead character. The mother was really way over the top, I wish she would have been just a little more tame. The ending was really way open. So, much so that I almost rated this lower

Dave Smith

Kevin Bishop, a fairly new actor plays an outstanding lead part in this movie. Based on the novel The Tale of Love, its a story of an 18 year old man and his much older mentor as he studies to be a classical pianist.

Bruce Peters

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