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Isn't It Delicious (2014)

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A fractured family of misfits finds - and tries to fix - themselves - in this hilarious and heartbreaking story of a mother who seeks understanding in her tarnished relationships, while finding personal peace, self-forgiveness and love. (C) Official sIte

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Cast

Kathleen Chalfant
as Joan Weldon
Keir Dullea
as Bill Weldon
Alice Ripley
as Caroline Weldon
Mia Dillon
as Molly Weldon
Malachy McCourt
as Father Bob
Nick Stevenson
as Bobby Weldon
Jonah Young
as Teddy Weldon
Suzanne Hayes
as Rosemary
Ger Duany
as Limo Driver
Jay Patterson
as Dr. Buckley
Kathleen Wise
as Christine
Leanne Hayward
as Young Caroline
Tina Balthazar
as Young Woman From Bar
Colleen B McGloin
as Honking Woman
Brandon Hunter
as Young Bobby
Loic Seznec
as Young Teddy
Rich Vaughn
as AA Meeting Leader
Paul F. Aquavia
as Attendee at AA Meeting
Jim Klein
as Hospital Security Guard
Elliot Crown
as ICU Doctor
Ken Burmeister
as Young Father Bob
Phil Hynes
as Policeman
Kevin Lesko
as Funeral Director
Sandy Maranesi
as Oxygen Tank Woman
Marie Preteska
as Admitting Nurse
Paula Villegas
as Diner Waitress
Marianne Morehouse
as Betty Herman
Howard Enquist
as Liquor Store Clerk
Tim Herbst
as Yum Yum Executive
Mary Ann Meier
as Yum Yum Executive #2
Kimberly Dorsey
as Yum Yum Executive #3
Erica-Madri Alexander
as Madri Alexander-Dressing Room Stripper
Valerie Viramontes
as Primping Stripper
Lisa Avila
as Nurse #4
Natalie Chernicoff
as Brunette at Rooftop Party
Chrystal Elizondo
as Exotic Dancer #3
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Critic Reviews for Isn't It Delicious

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Despite Chalfant's typically stellar work as a flinty, dying matriarch of a highly dysfunctional Irish-Catholic family, Michael Patrick Kelly's clumsily executed, low-budget feature is an unfortunate misfire.

Full Review… | December 16, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

"Isn't It Delicious" has so little nuance that it's sad in unintentional ways.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Kelly's first narrative feature registers low on the cinematic-oomph scale, the production's low budget sometimes all too evident. Its aim is true, though, and Kathleen Chalfant infuses the lead role with an elegant ferocity.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Too much of Isn't It Delicious is either sketchy or hokey, trading an honest exploration of Joan's destructive self-absorption for a family finding peace through dispassionate compassion.

Full Review… | December 9, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Though it's a bit pat, Isn't it Delicious is nevertheless a lyrical, touching comedy-drama about seizing the day.

Full Review… | December 12, 2014
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Isn't It Delicious

½

I loved the film for many reasons. I felt it told a realistic story about a family dealing with death and not in the way we would expect. The stellar cast, which includes Kathleen Chalfant, Keir Dullea, Alice Ripley, Malachy McCourt, Mia Dillon, Nick Stevenson, just to name a few, deliver performances that left me thinking about living large in the face of death. The movie was made on a very low budget, and while some may bemoan the lack of polish in some scenes, I wasn't taken out of the story at all. In fact, it made it that much more real for me. While some may think this is just another film about dysfunction and dealing with death- it isn't. Dark humor was used in a very artful way. The director, Michael Kelly, takes a non-sentimental approach to the material, and as a result, we are allowed to experience the humor and sadness without a filter. The film is raw and real. Moreover, Isn't It Delicious addresses a very taboo subject in our society: death. Unlike some of the films that whitewash death, with soaring music and fairy-tale endings, this film takes a heads-on approach and leaves us uplifted. I can say with certainty I hope I go out blazing like Joan Weldon.

denise colette
denise colette

I went into a film festival showing of this film with guarded expectations. This low budget film exceeded its limitations on so many levels. Kathleen Chalfant's performance is pitch-perfect as the dying matriarch of a typically dysfunctional upper-class family. Keir Dullea, Alice Ripley, and a wonderful cast fills the screen with extraordinary performances. And the production values far outweigh what the budget ($200K) would indicate. Several scenes were shot aboard a beautiful fifty-foot sailboat, with DP Axel Fisher providing sumptuous photography. Ably directed by Michael Patrick Kelly, this is his first narrative film, and I'm already looking forward to his next feature. Kathleen Kiley wrote a screenplay that addresses grownup issues with humor and drama. Sadly, we see too few films of this nature, but there is definitely an audience for films like this.

Connecticut Bob
Connecticut Bob
½

sn't It Delicious is a thoughtful film for Baby boomers (and others) dealing with family end-of-life issues, as well as family dysfunction - including addiction and co-dependence. But that doesn't mean the film is a downer. The dialogue is sharp and crackles with intelligence. The principal actors -- Kathleen Chalfant, Keir Dullea, and Alice Ripley, as well as sharp-as-a-tack Malachy McCourt -- all bring depth and understanding to their roles, and Jonah Young stands out as younger brother Teddy. Although made on a shoestring, Delicious takes viewers on an emotional ride that quite a few more accomplished filmmakers seem unwilling to undertake. The director, MIchael Kelly, executive producer Alfred Caiola and producer Suzanne Hayes, have worked intelligently with the material to create a rich and satisfying film experience.

Bryce Morris
Bryce Morris

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