I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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 job on a sleazy prank show, his girlfriend (Rebecca Sage Allen) breaks up with him, and his agent (Richard Kind) dumps him. When he visits his friend's daughter's elementary school for Career Day, he embarrasses himself in front of the attractive teacher (Bonnie Hunt) by rambling inappropriately about his personal problems in front of the kids. He hears about a Chicago-based remake of Paddy Chayefsky's Marty, one of his favorite movies, and the role he seemingly was born to play, but he can't even get an audition. One day, after giving up on Compulsive Eaters Anonymous, he seeks solace in an ice cream parlor, where he meets Beth (Sarah Silverman), who quickly wins his heart by offering him free ice cream, and asking him a sexually provocative question. But his attraction to the sexually aggressive and somewhat demented Beth may bring James more problems than it solves. The film, which features appearances by Amy Sedaris, Dan Castellaneta, Wallace Langham, Roger Bart, Paul Mazursky, David Pasquesi, and Joey Slotnick, had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Garlin
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On DVD: Apr 15, 2008
IFC First Take


Bonnie Hunt
as Stella Lewis
Mina Kolb
as Mrs. Aaron
Richard Kind
as Herb Hope
Gina Gershon
as Mrs. Pilletti
Elle Fanning
as Penelope
Steve Dahl
as Father
Roger Bart
as Burt Canasta
Wallace Langham
as Claude Clochet
Amy Sedaris
as Ms. Clark
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Critic Reviews for I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (22)

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
Top Critic

It's a nice little movie.

October 22, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Cheese is such a small, endearing and well-observed piece -- sort of Curb Your Enthusiasm without the excruciating bits.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The cameos and local details, and even some of the gags, keep it perky.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Sarah Silvermann is my Idol.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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