The Cake Eaters


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.



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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

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9)

  • 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

  • Jul 04, 2011
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2011
    A interesting and entertaining enough indie drama, with a pre kristin stewert twight, in one of the roles, here playing a kid with a disese, she comes off well as do others in the cast, theres some nice drama going on and a good enough watch
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2010
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2010
    The unassuming and well-acted "The Cake Eaters" adds a new spin to the familiar story of the sex crazed teenager. Georgia(Kristen Stewart) is a 16-year old suffering from neuromuscular degeneration. Knowing she is getting worse and time is short, she would like very much to lose her virginity soon which gives her a sense of control over her life which she is clearly lacking. One day, she attends a local flea market with her grandmother(Elizabeth Ashley) where she meets Beagle(Aaron Stanford), a cafeteria worker at her high school, who is there with his father Easy(Bruce Dern), the local butcher, to try and sell his mother's(Melissa Leo, seen in flashbacks at the beginning and end) clothes. Beagle took care of his mother until she died and may also still be a virgin. Beagle and Georgia hit it off and agree to meet at her house later. Just missing this and his mother's funeral is another son, Guy(Jayce Bartok, who also wrote the screenplay), who has been out of town and touch pursuing his dreams of being a musician. While home, Guy takes the opportunity to reunite with his ex, Stephanie(Miriam Shor), a hairdresser, whom he dumped. All of these characters live in a small town where some of their actions could be perceived in the wrong way if taken out of context, especially Georgia's mom(Talia Balsam) taking tasteful photographs of her in an attempt to be the next Sally Mann and dispel any stereotypes about her daughter's condition. While all of that is nice and good, just don't bring these photographs with you to the flea market next time.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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