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I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 14

This quirky romantic comedy's realistic depiction of a lonely guy looking for love is sure to please fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 5

This quirky romantic comedy's realistic depiction of a lonely guy looking for love is sure to please fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin.



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Jeff Garlin, best known for his role as Larry David's manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has directed standup comedy specials for Jon Stewart and Denis Leary, and makes his feature-film debut with his own adaptation of his one-man stage show, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. Garlin stars as James, an overweight, depressed actor who does improv at Second City. James lives with his mother (Mina Kolb) and constantly cheats on his diet. His life seems to be in a downward spiral. He quits his acting


Comedy, Romance

Apr 15, 2008

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All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (14) | DVD (6)

You have to like James and his outlook on life. It may not be glamorous, but it's one that eventually allows James a higher lever of satisfaction.

December 7, 2007
Miami Herald
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It's a nice little movie.

October 22, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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Cheese is such a small, endearing and well-observed piece -- sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm without the excruciating bits.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Despite Garlin's chops and cameos from a who's who of Second City alumni, the film can't find a consistent comic groove.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Garlin's directing has little pacing, and many of the borderline gags could have been salvaged with some sharper editing. And there's a shocking amount of jokes and situations that just don't work.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It celebrates its modesty, it becomes our friend, we're surprisingly touched by it even though it doesn't rock us. If there is such a thing as a must-see three-star movie, here it is.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Though the title could use some trimming too, the movie pulls off that delicate balancing act between creating a sympathetic big guy with a huge eating disorder, while keeping the fat jokes tastefully funny.

April 7, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The more James groans to an unsympathetic ear, "Why would they remake Marty--it's timeless?" we wonder why Garlin didn't take his own advice

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Offbeat indie romantic comedy for teens and up.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Garlin wrote, directed, and stars in this endearing schlub-in-Chicago movie, which is based on his solo stage show of the same title.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Some of James' adventures go nowhere, but his encounters with females ... are loaded with humor and warmth.

October 5, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

..about as small as movies get, yet often, unexpectedly, as moving.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

It may not exactly conform to what many people might expect to see from a current-day romantic comedy, it is one of the more satisfying examples of the genre to come along in recent months.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source:

This is a film that can't quite decide if it wants to be a show-business spoof, a romantic comedy or an embarrassment comedy along the lines of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The movie has a strange tone... but there's a lot to admire here.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Garlin's clearly inspired by his own experiences living as someone who's fat and funny, but being honest isn't the same thing as being perceptive.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source:

Somehow Garlin maintains a buoyant, humanistic tone throughout the parade of lonely humiliations. It's an endearing little movie with a great big heart.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is one of my favorite comedies. I love everything about it, and one night I was looking for something to watch and I came across this. It's written/directed by and stars Jeff Garlin. Garlin plays Larry David's manager on "Curb", so I figured this had to be good and figured I'd give it a shot. The movie feels like an episode of "Curb" by the way it looks, the music, and the dialogue, but it lacks the wit and charm. It's about a struggling actor who lives with his mother. He's depressed, cheats on his diet, and wants to find someone to be with. It's slow and not nearly as funny as I hoped for. It's one of those movies that doesn't know if it wants to be sad or funny, and doesn't find a good enough balance between the 2. If your a fan of Garlin's then it is worth a watch, because he is good. But if your hoping for something that measures up to "Curb", then just skip it because you will be disappointed.
February 10, 2013
Everett Johnson

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I think this was really badly marketed. From the cover it looks like a romantic comedy, only of course you expect it to have an edge as it stars Sarah Silverman, and just the title alone, you know you can expect something a little bit different.
However, it is not really that type of movie at all. It is a slight, quiet little film about an overweight man who wants to find love. Sarah Silverman is barely in it, (which is a blessing, at least from my point of view - I really don't find her endearing at all), and when she is, she turns out to be not all that nice. It is brief at 80 minutes, and thought it has it's moments, including a cameo by Amy Sedaris, it falls pretty flat and is ultimately unsatisfying on any level.
My husband compared this to a Woody Allen movie, and I think he is right. If they marketed it more in that area, I think it would have been a lot less disappointing.
February 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

Sarah Silvermann is my Idol.
December 8, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

with the number of comedians in this film, i expected it to be funny. this movie is so dull, it was unbearable to finish watching it. definitely filed in the forgettable, to-trades.
September 25, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Stella Lewis: Just kick me out and don't care about me, and we'll call it a day. And then call me another day.
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    1. Stella Lewis: The scum of the earth of Chicago has been inside me.
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    1. James Aaron: Okay, Susie von Cliche.
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    1. James Aaron: Being fat has nothing to do with being funny.
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    1. James Aaron: What is it about tents that makes people want to buy cars?
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