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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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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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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
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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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
don't offer these women a cherry pie!, 11 November 2001
Author: petershelleyau from Sydney, Australia

One has to wonder about Henry Jaglom's mother, when he dedicates a film about women suffering from eating disorders to her. This is one of Jaglom's more successful efforts since there is some dramatic conflict amongst the cinema verite talkfest that is his trademark. One might even mistake this film as a documentary with all the to-the-camera discourse. Otherwise his camera is thankfully still, aided by the excuse of a Frenchwoman making a documentary at an exclusively female (and enormously populated) birthday party. Maybe it's a very "L.A." thing but it's shocking how so many beautiful women have food issues, and the association they make with food and sex, and food and love, makes for a compelling (for Jaglom) social study. He begins uncertainly, as the women gather. Jaglom gets a little carried away with cross-cutting, and there is a definite lesbian subtext which turns out to be misleading. But as the film develops our initial judgment of the women presented, as shallow and stupid gives way to depths of feeling and marvel at the openness and emotional accessibility of the female species. As the eldest of the group and the mother of Helene (Lisa Richards), who resides in the house where the celebrations occur, Frances Bergen represents the voice of reason and the sounding board for the confessions. Jaglom cleverly maintains our empathy for her, aided by Bergen's wonderful naturalness, even when her reaction to news of an infidelity defines the survival strategies of women of her generation. In spite of the heaviness of the subject, there is much humour to be found, partly from the women's own insight into their behaviour, and also from the idea of having Helene seek out the mistress under the guise of mingling. Richards' performance improves considerably after she stops pecking. As her predatory best friend, Gwen Welles adds some amusing spite to the proceedings. Her demonstration of the use of a present of anger-releasing padded poles gets a big laugh. It's no surprise to learn of Welles' bulimia since she looks anorexic, and she is about the only one who doesn't seem to think they are "fat". When the birthday cake is cut, no-one wants to eat it. Since the cast is so large some actors get lost in the mosaic, but mention should be made of Toni Basil in Carmen Miranda get-up as an actress quitting her agent ("If Michael Jackson can fire his father ..."); Aloma Ichinose who has a great riff about smoking; and Mary Crosby looking like a fawn and being very I-shot-JR in a bathroom confrontation. I particularly liked the line "I'm looking for a man who can excite me as much as a baked potato".

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