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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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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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30 great minutes! 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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Did You Know?

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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
30 great minutes!, 30 May 2014
Author: oruboris from United States

There are 30 minutes of this film that will fascinate you, hold you spellbound, totally engage your empathy and emotions.

Unfortunately, these moments are scattered randomly in a movie that's 110 minutes long, and the remaining 80 minutes leave a lot to be desired, with stilted, rushed dialog that almost seems like it's being read from cue cards, characters who come and go so quickly that even when what they say touches you, no lasting sense of connection is forged.

The big issue is the structure itself: 'Martine' is shooting a documentary about the relationship between women and food at her friend's birthday party, giving the characters a chance to deliver monologues straight to the camera that are often fascinating, even riveting. But there are too many people, too many words, too much going on between the characters outside what the documentary camera sees. This could easily have been addressed by giving Martine an assistant, someone to actually work the camera and spy on the party's goings on when Martine is elsewhere. But without that convention, we are often uncertain what is documentary and what is 'real' life.

There is so much here that doesn't matter-- why a triple birthday, for women turning 30, 40 and 50 when the issues of age and aging are largely in the back ground? Why so many people? Why so many conflicts and love stories when the central love affair between women and food is far more interesting than any of the interpersonal stuff?

Several fine performances here-- notably Frances Bergen and Beth Grant, though Mary Crosby at her radiant best is given little to do.

Worth seeing for the 30 good minutes, but sadly disappointing in so many ways... ultimately, it's a man putting words in women's mouths about what it's like to be a woman, and it's certainly not a comedy. I hope a woman film maker chooses to make the actual documentary at the center of this movie-- that's a film I'd love to see.

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