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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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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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(3 articles)
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)

Review: Henry Jaglom's New Play Rocks
 (From Huffington Post. 31 October 2009, 3:45 PM, PDT)

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Too much, too many, too repetitive 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 Knode ... Party Guest

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 Ita White ... Party Guest

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 .... assistant editor
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 9 people found the following review useful.
Too much, too many, too repetitive, 19 November 2004
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

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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