The Cake Eaters

2007

The Cake Eaters

Critics Consensus

Though light on theme and craftsmanship, The Cake Eaters relies on fine performances and brisk direction to provide an affecting tale of small-town life.

64%

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Reviews Counted: 25

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48%
Average Rating: 3.1/5

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Actress Mary Stuart Masterson makes her feature directorial debut with this drama detailing the manner in which three generations of men deal with the death of the family matriarch. Evicted from his New York City apartment, starving musician Guy Kimbrough (Jayce Bartok) makes his way back upstate for the first time in three years. Upon returning to his hometown, Guy does his best to deal with the recent death of his mother while desperately attempting to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Stephanie (Miriam Shor) -- who has since moved on and found happiness with another man. Meanwhile, as Guy does his best to win Stephanie back, his shy brother, Beagle (Aaron Stanford), falls deeply in love with Friedreich's Ataxia-stricken high school student Georgia, and their father, Easy (Bruce Dern), attempts to rekindle his relationship with Georgia's grandmother Marg (Elizabeth Ashley). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Cake Eaters

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  • In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen The Jerry Springer Show), and often endearing.

    Apr 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4
  • There are only so many story threads an ensemble cast can hold.

    Mar 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Stand out performances, interesting character dynamic but overall, kind of a flat film that really doesn't have you too emotionally invested.

    Mar 23, 2009 | Full Review…
  • I think there is a future in directing for Mary Stewart Masterson.

    Mar 23, 2009
  • These are people whose company you enjoy, in good times and bad. Taking place over a short period of time, it's a small slice of life, yes. But as the title implies, it's a tasty one as well.

    Mar 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD. But such is the sad state of the movie business.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cake Eaters

½

I think Kristen Stewart played her role great.. never seen her do this kind of acting before and I thought she did a great job.

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½

The Cake Eaters: Yet another flick that showcases that Stewart is barely half as blessed in acting (Yeah, she sucks here too. Just because she gets to play an unusual role doesn't mean she does great.) as she's in looks. And yet another flick that showcases that hope comes by letting go, and sometimes the first thing you gotta let go is hope itself. Hell's bells, whatever that means. Coming back to the movie, it's a mediocre family drama which offers nothing of the sort that you need to go out of your way to watch it. In short, it's an avoidable emotional fare.

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familiar stranger

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½

Dull drama. Kristen Stewart has almost no screen presence and since hers is the main story there is not much to hold the viewer's interest. The only actors really registering at all are old pros Dern and Ashley.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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½

Very strong performances and beautiful silent moments. I hear Kristen Stewart received accolades for her portrayal, and while she's good, she's not great. She has the physicality down - the limping, the lisping - but she doesn't change her gaze or her voice timbre. She still plays with her hair, albeit with a crippled hand. The movie's main problem is its scant development as to why Georgia is so desperate for sex. Is it merely because she doesn't have much time to wait? Does she truly not care if Beagle doesn't like her? Does it make a difference that he does? When does she realize she likes him too?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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