Eating (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  30 November 1990 (USA)
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A group of young and middle-aged women gather for the birthday party of a friend and talk about their lives and food they cook for their husbands, boyfriends, or themselves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelly Alard ...
Helene (as Lisa Richards)
Frances Bergen ...
Gwen Welles ...
Elizabeth Kemp ...
Marina Gregory ...
Daphna Kastner ...
Marlena Giovi ...
Taryn Power ...
Catherine Genender ...
Hildy Brooks ...
Janet (as Jacqueline Woolsey)
Sherry Boucher ...
Maria (as Sherry Boucher-Lytle)


At a spacious house in Los Angeles, Helene is turning 40-years old and her friends whom include French filmmaker Martine, house guest Sophie, and Lydia throw her a party. But also there is Kate a friend turning 30, and Sadie a Hollywood film agent turning 50. So, all of Helene's, Kate's, and Sadie's friends arrive for the party where Martine films the events with her movie camera and the shocking secrets revealed by Helene's mother Whitney, and her younger sister Nancy whom confide in their interviews about their obsession with food, and their roles in life. Written by matt-282

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A very serious comedy about women & food.


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Rated R for language

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Release Date:

30 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eating - Le dernier secret des femmes  »

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$2,100,538 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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Too much, too many, too repetitive
19 November 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Too many actresses - it was very confusing being inside Henry Jaglom's head. This mockumentary style movie obsesses on food and women all intertwined with sexuality.

Even Frances Bergen who plays a type of baffled sane matriarch looks as if she has had her problems with food in the past but in this movie she is astonished at the obsessive compulsive behaviour around food at this party she attends for her daughter's fortieth birthday.

Maybe she doesn't get out much in the shallow body-and-youth culture that is California. I would say that Henry was deliberate in keeping this movie without any depth. He just stockpiled it with far too many women (I lost track, they all looked vaguely alike and whined in the same sad key).

Go read a book, ladies, visit an art gallery, recite poetry, read for the blind. Far too much time on your hands. Get interesting. Maybe that was the point?

7 out of 10 for its daring - though it had to be a flop at the box-office.

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