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Eating -- On the occasion of her 40th birthday, Helene (Lisa Richards) has decided to throw herself a birthday party at her home and to invite several of her closest friends.
Eating -- 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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Release Date:
30 November 1990 (USA) See more »
A very serious comedy about women & food.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Film Review: ‘The M Word’
 (From Variety - Film News. 2 May 2014, 3:43 PM, PDT)

Nil by mouth
 (From Roger Ebert's Blog. 8 January 2010, 4:00 PM, PST)

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turgid, sexist, self-indulgent, and boring See more (4 total) »


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Nelly Alard ... Martine

Lisa Blake Richards ... Helene (as Lisa Richards)
Frances Bergen ... Whitney

Mary Crosby ... Kate
Gwen Welles ... Sophie
Elizabeth Kemp ... Nancy
Marina Gregory ... Lydia
Daphna Kastner ... Jennifer
Marlena Giovi ... Sadie

Beth Grant ... Carla
Taryn Power ... Anita
Catherine Genender ... Lily
Hildy Brooks ... Mary

Jackie O'Brien ... Janet (as Jacqueline Woolsey)
Sherry Boucher ... Maria (as Sherry Boucher-Lytle)

Savannah Smith Boucher ... Eloise
Aloma Ichinose ... Joanna

Toni Basil ... Jackie
Jeanette Balsis ... Party Guest
Ann Bell ... Party Caterer / Naomi

Claudia Brown ... Party Guest / Leslie

Rachelle Carson ... Party Guest

June Christopher ... Party Guest

Anne E. Curry ... Party Guest
Donna Germain ... Caterer / Connie

Lori Hoeft ... Party Guest
Teresa Johnston ... Party Guest

Kim Watkinson ... Party Guest (as Kim Knode)

Claudia Lonow ... Party Guest
Juliette Marshall ... Party Guest
Rita Martinson ... Party Guest
Maureen McGrath ... Party Guest

Margot Rose ... Party Guest

Mindy Seeger ... Party Guest
Lisa-Marie Soble ... Party Guest
Darlene Van der Hoop ... Party Guest
Katherine Wallach ... Party Guest

Carole White ... Party Guest (as Carole Ita White)

Directed by
Henry Jaglom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Henry Jaglom 

Produced by
Judith Wolinsky .... producer
Cinematography by
Hanania Baer 
Film Editing by
Michelle Hart 
Henry Jaglom (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Molly Mitchell .... makeup artist
Art Department
Andrea Mae Fenton .... set dresser (as Andrea Fenton)
Sound Department
Sunny Meyer .... sound recordist
Michelle Riley .... boom operator
Laurie Seligman .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Combs .... key grip
Dan Elsasser .... first assistant camera
Chris Fenney .... electrician
Neil Montone .... grip
Deborah Morgan .... second assistant camera
Madelyn Most .... assistant camera
Marilyn Most .... first assistant camera
James Rosenthal .... gaffer
Randy Shanofsky .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Gwen Welles .... casting consultant (as G.M. Welles)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Mitchell .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mary Pritchard .... first assistant editor
Ruth Wald .... script supervisor
Other crew
Barbara Berkowitz .... creative consultant
Amy A. Blanc .... craft service (as Amy Blanc)
Elicia Laport .... craft service

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Rated R for language
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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After a successful stint in many television roles, this was one of the first feature films in which renowned character actress Beth Grant appeared before her roles in hit movies such as Speed (1994), A Time to Kill (1996), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and The Artist (2011/I)See more »
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Featured in Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997)See more »


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6 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
turgid, sexist, self-indulgent, and boring, 28 June 2004
Author: scrybbler from Austin, TX

Travesties like this give indie film a bad name.

Jagblom had his cast improvise most of the material, with a rough scripted story structure. Sometimes this works; here, it's a dismal failure.

The riffing about weight gets old fast, and is laughably preposterous to anyone who isn't an LA actress (i.e., most of his cast). Jagblom's "woman-sensitive" directing is almost immediately exposed as lecherous posturing, as his beautiful star is trotted out topless for no reason within the first 15 mins. Nice rack, Henry, but what about the movie?!?

Worst of all, it's just horribly boring. None of the characters seem worth following, and the film does a terrible job focusing on a few so you can get a toehold on some drama. For comparison, I enjoy female-friendly films like "Mystic Pizza," "Moonstruck" and "Clueless." I love foreign films. I would've walked out on "Eating", but sadly it was a rental.

Central conflict? Woman vs. pastry. Cinematography? Bland and undistinguished. Best use for Eating? Doorstop.

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