Karin M. (KarinM) from FORTUNA, CA Reviewed on 11/29/2014...
I gave this movie 1 1/2 stars for one reason. Kristen Stewart's performance. While I like the twilight saga for the story I found her acting in it to be, at best, competent. In this uninteresting movie however she shines. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to portray someone with a severe disability such as she does here. While she is no Tom Hanks, and the movie is as far from "Forrest Gump" as it could possibly get, her performance in it brings to mind Hanks' Gump. She is completely convincing in this character. The story could be a good one if they told the whole story (provided there was one in the first place). I detest movies that simply stop at the end without any sort of...well, ending. This one rambled on about the brother without really connecting him to the story, not to mention his ex-girlfriend who, beyond being Stewart's character's hairstylist had no other connection to the story. Over all I found this film entirely forgettable with the sole exception being Stewart's character, and that simply because of her performance of it.
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Dorothy M. from FEDERAL WAY, WA Reviewed on 7/25/2012...
I had only seen Kristen Stewart in the Twilight movies, and I hadn't been impressed with her acting. This movie changed my mind completely. She is one versatile actress! The story line requires your overcoming a bias, and is engaging. Mary Stuart Masterson is a good director....this story is very well told. I wondered if Kristen S reminded Mary SM of herself when MSM was in Some Kind of Wonderful.
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Bobby D. (TheVertMan) from HAZARD, KY Reviewed on 1/15/2010...
A movie that will make you look twice at the girl on the cover (Twilight star Kristen Stewart) once you've seen her heartbreaking, yet uplifting performance in this rather oddball drama. Stewart is brillant as the slowly dying girl who longs for one thing before she passes on...to feel normal. And normal means losing her virginity.
Though the movie centers on Stewart's character and her ever worsening struggles it also revolves around two families with numerous secrets and problems of their own. All coming together in the end to make a really nice movie that can be watched by virtually the entire family without a second thought.
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Life can be as sweet as you make it.
Snow White | Orange County | 04/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
I wasn't really sure if I wanted to see this film; a Twilighter friend of mine ranted and raved that it was a must watch(although she was yet to see the movie, and knew little of the plot besides "Bella"(Kristen Stewart) was in it) but being the independent and existential film enthusiast that I am, I rented it with high expectations.
The Cake Eaters is a story about 16 year old Georgia(Kristen Stewart) who lives with Friedreich's Ataxia, a disease that she knows will kill her, if her overprotective mother doesn't drive her crazy first.
While spending time with her grandmother(Elizabeth Ashley) who is her one escape from her mother, she meets Beagle(Aaron Stanford) an older boy who works in her schools' cafeteria, and has plenty of problems of his own.
Beagle is still dealing with the recent loss of his mother, when his estranged brother Guy(Jayce Bartok) comes back into town dragging his crushed dreams of being a musician along with him. And not to mention, their father seems to be handling everything just a little too positively for Beagle to manage.
Of course Georgia and Beagle turn to each other, and with the other just might be able to get through their chaotic lives. That is until Georgia pushes the fact that she wants to lose her virginity to Beagle, and now!
The Cake Eaters is my updated version of A Walk to Remember. Girl has terminal disease, boy is still dealing with loss and ability to love... but this one is just a little less cookie-cutter and a little more sundance.(and a lot less romantic!)
I can't say this will be a favorite, and I don't know if Stewart's Twilight fan base will enjoy it(based on the film alone)...but it is solid, enjoyable, just maybe not quite as eye-opening as it could have been.
A minimalist film with a maximum exposure now....
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 03/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nothing like having a $200 million exposure (this made 6 films ago from Twilight for Stewart) and an Oscar nomination (M. Leo) to highlight an unknown film. To be clear, Melissa has two minutes of non-dialogue screen time in a flashback montage and Kirsten has intermittent segments in the first 35 minutes of this 80 minute film. Bruce Dern and others have equivalent lines in this film throughout so I would consider this an ensemble piece, especially once the ending plays out.
Several stories parlay into this segment of NorEast lifestyles entailing two families' rural existence complicated by past and present loves tying said families together. The performances are nuanced and let loose an idea of what small-town romances can be like over two related generations. In plot summary, do not expect much in opening and closing; the opening discussion is about cereal and the closing discusses what to make for dinner. The middle tried to fit in three love stories with the remaining 60 minutes. The writing is inconsistent throughout, bolstered several times by moments of people needing to react differently than they should have.
The DVD quality is adequate, the supplements list a commentary, exclusive behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes and a 5.1 sound. To be honest - the supplements are completely forgettable and the film's 5.1 only gets used a handful of times. The cast interviews total three minutes of how phenomenal Kristen Stewart is (not kidding), the "exclusives" are an additional three minutes of film making and the deleted scenes were irrelevant.
The fan base of this film is fanatical, so expect lots of slams unless one reviews this film as the best thing since Don't Come Knocking on the minimalist front. But to be real, this is the story about a neurological/muscular disorder challenged teen losing her virginity, nothing more or less. Solid performances and decent music lend this a few stars above normal, that and a plethora of new Twilight fans giving this a much higher rating then other films similar in nature. A 4-star prop on Stewart alone providing an out-of-the-ordinary showing (filmed almost three years ago)."
Best things come in little packages.
Pit O'Maley | Alameda, Ca United States | 09/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If this movie was overlooked at Oscar time we have critics that cannot see beyond their teenage years. Although I was drawn to this gem on the strength of Kristen Stewart's haunting and growing library of solid acting chops to date, enlarged deservedly by "Twilight," her range of work predicts an ascent to the heights of Streep with no reservations. This film is perfectly cast and exquisitely written as it explores the territory of generational love, as well as a Camille-like subplot of Kristen's terminal condition(not the story focus),and still delivers roundhouse performances from all the ensemble cast, particularly Bruce Dern and Elizabeth Ashley, two old studio veterans, that allows them to make up for their lengthy absences from the big screen. I have not seen a film cover such wide ground of emotions in so concise a manner so completely. Every character in this small, independent offering towers in courage before your eyes with fine shadings of flawed humanity and dignity. You will find yourself in this bitter-sweet offering in one of the characters and never forget what was so well unspoken long after each character had their say about the complexities of finding love in time. I can only explain the Oscar robbery as the Mona Lisa effect, cluttering the back room until it gets truly discovered by one with an eye for greatness."
Georgia on my mind
Nidkah | Mexico | 08/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kristen stewart is magical in this film. Mary Stuart Masterson is the magic fairy in this film, Melissa Leo was marvelously seen on flashbacks but Bruce Dern is the one that tops the Cake. You will not recognize Aaron Stanford here, since he plays no X-man mutant, but a young imploding dutiful son.
The title of the film is explained in the director's commentary in case you are wondering. I won't spill it because you need to watch the film and be mesmerized by the beauty of Cake Eaters. Yes I said beautiful because there is no other way to qualify this film.
Such incredible, talented people gathered in this indie film will make you feel good about your own life. The message of the movie will leave you asking for seconds of this Cake.
Kristen Stewart's Georgia character is the best of her long career, her second being Melinda on the film Speak (also an indie film)."
S. Wilson | VA | 08/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this movie while searching for other Kristen Stewart movies. Kristen Stewart dosen't get enough credit as she is an extremely talented actress. She plays a girl with special needs and was so believable. She really makes you feel for the character Georgia who along with her special needs has a control freak tyrant for a mother. Talia Balsam stars as the mother and she made overbearing look darn good! Bruce Dern(hilarious)and Jessie L Martin from Law and Order also star so a realy good cast as well. I loved it and definitely recommend it!"