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Better Than Chocolate (1999)

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Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced ... See full summary »



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Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household. Soon after, Lila is befriended by Judy, a transsexual about to undergo a sex-change operation. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends. Written by Eric Sorensen

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A Delicious Comedy


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 1999 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Maggie & Lila  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$84,584 (USA) (13 August 1999)


$2,011,254 (USA) (5 November 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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The title of film comes from a lyric in Sarah McLachlan's song called "Ice Cream", "Your love is better then chocolate". See more »


After Judy and Lila have their duet in the condo, the boom mic dips briefly into the top of the frame. See more »


Carla: Ouch, it's the plight of the bisexual. Gay girls won't play with you.
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Filmed entirely on location on Earth See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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The problem with Canadian cinema...
12 August 2000 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

The problem with Canadian cinema is that most of the time it is pretty good, pretty different from those ugly Hollywood formulas. Another problem is we don't have the chance to see these movies in Canadian theatres, because it is filled with USA. Director Anne Wheeler is from west Canada. It's the third of her movies I see : Loyalties (1986, with fantastic Indian actress Tantoo Cardinal) Bye bye blues (1989) These two have a Canadian cultural edge to it. Not this one : it is universal, but set in Canada. What the three movies have in common is the FEELINGS! They are also very feminine. This one is a romantic comedy, with good acting by Christina Cox and charming Karyn Dwyer. It's fun, human, intelligent. Did I have to say this is a movie about lesbians? Not really : it's just a pretty good romantic comedy. I'd like to see more of Anne Wheeler because I'm sure she's a great talent from Canada. By the way, I'm sure that Canadians from the west don't really know about Quebec's films. Very sad! We make a pretty good lesbian picture too : Revoir Julie. Thanks to miss Wheeler and all the cast.

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