Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin is James, a frustrated underappreciated Chicago actor who lives with his mother. James wants three things in life: someone to love him, a great part and to lose some weight. Unfortunately... more », he is 0 for 3. When he bails on Overeaters Anonymous for a trip to the ice cream parlor, he meets Beth who quickly wins his heart, but will this cause James more problems than it solves? Or has he finally found someone to eat cheese with? A brilliant ensemble cast makes this story of romance quite the comedy!« less
Matthew C. (CoopXL) from PLEASANT PR, WI Reviewed on 10/27/2009...
You can tell this was a very personal effort on Jeff Garlin's part. Funny and sad (in parts) and always sincere.
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James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/9/2009...
This is a wonderfully fun and funny movie.
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Ed Uyeshima | San Francisco, CA USA | 02/07/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Any movie that offers Bonnie Hunt, Sarah Silverman and Amy Sedaris in the supporting cast has to be well worth watching, and comic actor Jeff Garlin takes advantage of the terrific talent he recruited for his 2007 directorial debut, a sad-sack comedy about an overweight man who feels out of step with the world around him. Familiar as Larry David's manager Jeff on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Garlin plays James, a still-struggling, 39-year old Chicago actor who lives with his widowed mother. His self-esteem is so low that he can't meet women, but he's a likable guy and it's the comical way he views his single status that makes his dilemma involving. If the storyline sounds a bit familiar, that's because the film is partially a tribute to the 1955 Ernest Borgnine classic, Marty, about a lonely Bronx butcher living with his meddlesome mother. In fact, Garlin uses Marty as the play which James is desperate to do since he is so empathetic to the character's situation.
Naturally there is a love story of sorts in this new millennium version, and Silverman plays Beth, an off-kilter, sexually voracious ice cream parlor server who takes him on an underwear shopping spree. Their best scene together is in his favorite convenience store where they improvise different characters in different aisles. Hunt plays a lonely elementary school teacher who shares a passion with James for jazz saxophonist Ben Webster. They meet accidentally in a record store and then again at a career day at her school where he hilariously exposes his sexual neuroses in front of a classroom of first-graders, including his best friend Luca's pert daughter Penelope (played by Dakota Fanning's look-alike baby sister Elle). In a wedged-in cameo and looking quite a bit like Jerri Blank, Sedaris plays the school's counselor who speaks to James after his inappropriate monologue. David Pasquesi plays Luca, a retirement home manager, and his scenes with Garlin have an easy rapport that makes their friendship easy to believe. Almost stealing the movie is character actress Mina Kolb, who plays James' pixilated mother with pluck and heart.
There are also unexpected cameos from teen idol Aaron Carter and Gina Gershon (don't ask...but the set-up is funny), as well as sharply played bits by director Paul Mazursky as the snaky director of a candid-camera-type show, "Smear Job"; Tim Kazurinsky as the unsuspecting victim of that show; Roger Bart as the play's ignorant casting director; and Dan Castellaneta as the tough-love convenience store owner. With his rueful bouts of insecurity and self-loathing, Garlin's comic sensibilities resemble those of Albert Brooks, and the casual dialogue at its best reminds me of Modern Romance and Defending Your Life. The one persistent problem I had with the film is pacing as some scenes dragged out longer than necessary. The problem is more evident in the first half when Garlin is trying to establish the right tempo, and the lack of real conflict adds to the sluggishness. Regardless, what he does well is capture that gnawing sense of desperation one feels upon the revelation that life is not what it is supposed to be, that a significant other may be out of reach, and that a steady diet of junk food eaten on a car hood is the only sure thing when it comes to gratification."
T. Gates | USA | 07/08/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie starts off slow and you think it might get better but it never does it felt like the movie just suck the life out of me. Comedy it is NOT you end up feeling sorry and depressed after the movie. If you want to feel sorry and depressed this is your movie."
WITTY DIALOGUE AND A GREAT CAST MAKE THIS FAMILIAR STORY WOR
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 02/03/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am always amazed at how well good dialogue can carry an otherwise familiar theme in a film. 'I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With' is just such a movie. The film is about an overweight man who wants to find his soul mate. He comes across several quirky characters and it is his encounters and the witty dialogue that keep this film rolling along. It's an amusing and sweet tale, but it does seem to end rather abruptly and may not fully satisfy every viewer. I kind of liked it for being different."
Perhaps the worst comedy ever - yuck!
Big Hairy Joe | 01/16/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I can't imagine why anyone would say anything positive about this self-indulgent drivel by Jeff Garlin. Not at all funny, it is incomprehensible how he was able to get so many talented performers to completely waste their talents on this terrible film. Contrary to the review quotes on the DVD cover, this film was the complete opposite of "hilarious" and "sweet." This is the story of a fat, unattractive man who whines through life and makes poor choices. None of his various encounters are at all humorous - just boring. I am just annoyed that I was tricked by reviewer comments into thinking that somehow the film was going to get better or redeem itself at the end, which never happened."
I want a better ending
Richard Ross | 09/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"For his directorial debut Jeff Garlin tells an all too familiar story. The tale is of the shy and sensitive loner who is hopeless in his search for love. In Jeff's case the guy is a fat guy who still lives with his mom. Garlin is doing what many other writer/directors have done before which is writing themselves a sympathetic character and then casting a hot actress to fall for them and adore them. In the film Jeff has a strange hobby of going to the convenience store late at night and stocking up on his favorite junk foods. He lays on the hood of his car wishfully looking up at the stars as he stuffs his face with the fattening foods. He works for a hidden camera show that plays cruel jokes on it's unsuspecting marks. His heart isn't in it so one day he quits. In his spare time he performs with the legendary Second City in Chicago. (There are some fun cameos from Second City alums.) He enrolls in a support group for over eaters but he ends up walking out of his first meeting and heads to a nearby ice cream shop. Behind the counter is the beautiful Beth (Sarah Silverman). As a conversation starter she asks him sexually risque questions that catches him off guard. He reads her forwardness as interest on her part. The two start hanging out together after Beth gets off work. On their first date they go for a walk in the park. After their walk they sit on some steps and talk about how lonely they are. There is a couple having a picnic who are feeding cheese to each other. Seeing this Beth tells Jeff that she wants someone to eat cheese with. After this touching moment she invites him to go underwear shopping with her. Silverman is very sexy and funny but her acting isn't as good as her stand up. This is her first romantic lead in a film as opposed to playing the sassy best friend in so many other movies. She makes the most of the opportunity and captures everything you could see yourself wanting in a woman like this. The romance between the two of them doesn't unfold as you would expect and it's disappointing to watch how the Silverman character handles things. I thought this part of the film was too underdeveloped and that things ended abruptly. You don't much care for the Silverman character by the end either. That isn't her fault though it's Garlin's for not coming up with a better way to end things between Jeff and Beth. Perhaps he chose to go that route so that you would feel more sympathy for his character. Bonnie Hunt gets a lot of laughs as a kindergarten teacher who Garlin meets shortly after ending things with Beth. Garlin is an extremely likable and funny guy and this film has some clever writing on his part. There are some fun performances but just as the premise is familiar the film turns into another wistful story about a romance that didn't pan out."