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A Delicious Comedy
Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wendy Crewson ... Lila

Karyn Dwyer ... Maggie

Christina Cox ... Kim
Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Frances
Marya Delver ... Carla

Kevin Mundy ... Paul

Tony Nappo ... Tony

Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Marcus
Beatrice Zeilanger ... Bernice (as Beatrice Zeilinger)

Peter Outerbridge ... Judy
Gerald Varga ... Skin Head 1
Robert Parent ... Skin Head 2
Corrine Koslo ... Safe Sex Advocate

Veena Sood ... Religious Zealot
Tony Marr ... Lila's Boss

Colleen Wheeler ... Woman in Real Estate Office
Jenn Griffin ... Woman in Washroom
A.J. Bond ... Courier (as A. J. Bond)

Directed by
Anne Wheeler 
Writing credits
Peggy Thompson (screenplay)

Produced by
Christopher Adkins .... associate producer
Sharon McGowan .... producer
Rosamond Norbury .... associate producer
Peggy Thompson .... co-producer
Wolfram Tichy .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Graeme Coleman (original score composed by)
Cinematography by
Gregory Middleton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alison Grace 
Production Design by
David Roberts 
Art Direction by
Kate King 
Set Decoration by
Penny A. Chalmers  (as Penny Chalmers)
Costume Design by
Brad Gough 
Makeup Department
Johnny Bellas .... hair stylist
Gina Hole .... key makeup artist
Linda Mackie .... assistant hair stylist
Linda Mackie .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Kim Steer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Debra Herst .... third assistant director
Patrice Leung .... additional assistant director
Kelly Marcusson .... second assistant director
Seanna McPherson .... first assistant director
Ben Rhames .... third assistant director
Art Department
J.C. Almeida .... carpenter (as JC Almeida)
Robyn Badger .... assistant set decorator
Jonathan Blackshaw .... signwriter
Susan Bouley .... carpenter
Jennifer Broose .... visual artist
Mary-Ann Charney .... set dresser
Lincoln Clarkes .... visual artist
Richard Cole .... painter
Jo Cook .... visual artist
Tony Devenyi .... set decorator: prep
David N. Dorrington .... construction coordinator
Troy Eirich .... on-set props
Ide Foyle .... set dresser: prep
Chris Gilpin .... set decorating assistant
Tami M. Greer .... set dresser (as Tami Greer)
Lori Hagan .... painter
Kate Kashetsky .... on-set dresser
Denise Kenney .... set decorating assistant
Cosi McGovern .... set decorating assistant
Steve Miller .... set decorating assistant (as Stephen Miller)
Carel Moiseiwitsch .... artist: Kim's drawings
Sacha Moiseiwitsch .... props master
Jim Munro .... carpenter
Sheila Norgate .... visual artist
Gord Peterson .... painter
Carol Phiniotis .... set decorating assistant
Tim Rose .... head carpenter
Kim T. Searow .... buyer
Kim T. Searow .... set dresser
Kevin Wanjoff .... set decorating assistant
Sound Department
Thor Andersen .... boom operator
John Boe .... sound assistant
Hennie Britton .... foley artist
Dean Giammarco .... re-recording engineer
Matt Hale .... post-production sound assistant
Don Harrison .... foley artist
Patrick Haskill .... sound effects editor
Heidi Holm .... post-production sound assistant
Philip Hunter .... dialogue editor
Allison Lewis .... adr supervisor
Gael MacLean .... sound designer
Jonathan McCleery .... post-production sound assistant (as Jon McCleery)
Timothy Mehlenbacher .... adr recordist
Gina Mueller .... dialogue editor
Maureen Murphy .... foley artist
Iain Pattison .... re-recording engineer
Richard Patton .... location sound mixer (as Rick Patton)
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording engineer
Daniel Sperry .... technician: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
David Drainie Taylor .... shooter guy
John R.S. Taylor .... post-production sound assistant (as John Taylor)
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor
Rusty Dunn .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tony Lazarowich .... special effects
W.A. Andrew Sculthorp .... special effects (as Andrew Schulthorp)
Marny Eng .... stunt coordinator
Fiona Roeske .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Baxter .... best boy electric (as Billy Baxter)
Jay Clennan .... dolly grip
Reid Cohoon .... grip
Jesse Deacon .... lamp operator
Stan Dim .... daily grip (as Ivan Stanley Dim)
Jason Dryden .... best boy grip
Danielle Dutch .... camera trainee
Wayne Giles .... lamp operator
Kevin Haverty .... second assistant camera
John-David Hutchison .... gaffer
Heather London .... key grip
Stephen Maier .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Rosamond Norbury .... still photographer
Avron Sher .... lamp operator
Guy Skinner .... lamp operator
Shawn Soucy .... lamp operator
Matthew Walkley .... lamp operator
Peter Webster .... daily grip
Ann Wraith .... generator operator
Casting Department
Gail Carr .... casting: Toronto
Lynne Carrow .... casting: Vancouver
Claire Hewitt .... casting: Toronto
Greg Milton .... extras casting
Audrey Skalbania .... extras casting
Carole Tarlington .... casting: Vancouver
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marnie Ander .... wardrobe set supervisor
Cathy Darby .... wardrobe assistant
Tracey Pincott .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
David Armstrong .... color timer (as Dave Armstrong)
Earl Fudger .... assistant editor
Ryan Hogan .... colorist: dailies
Ingrid Rosen .... negative cutter: Original Conforming Services
Gary Shaw .... video colorist
Nicole Thompson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dayna Manning .... composer: original music
Matthew Safran .... assistant source music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Janet York .... source music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Transportation Department
Jon Bak .... transport coordinator: prep
Murray Brown .... driver
Darren Collins .... driver
Darrell Fundytus .... driver
Ron Steele .... transport coordinator
Chris Wild .... driver
Other crew
Christopher Adkins .... unit publicist
Gregory Astop .... assistant location manager (as Greg Astop)
George Baptiste .... intern to producer
Andrea Bastin .... production coordinator
Barbara Beeby .... extras craft service
Barbara Beeby .... extras first aid
Tammy Bentz .... stand-in
Jana Berengel .... stand-in (as Jana Burge)
Jennifer Bishop .... choreographer
Jessica Blackbourn .... location production assistant
Andrew Boutilier .... location production assistant
Bryan Boyd .... caterer
Ronit Cohen .... researcher
Derrick Craig .... location production assistant
Carol DiPasquale .... office production assistant
Jennifer Donoghue .... location production assistant
Walter Donohue .... story editor
Heather Douglas .... assistant to director
Judith Downes .... legal counsel
Vicki Egilsson .... accounting assistant
Al Farman .... security coordinator
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Patti Henderson .... script supervisor
Barbara Hodgson .... title designer
Wendy Hyman .... production accountant
Bruce C. Jones .... security coordinator (as Bruce Jones)
Sharon McGowan .... presenter
Brad Medhurst .... location production assistant
Terry Mialkowsky .... location production assistant
Ed Nesling .... locations: preparation
Ana Oparnica .... location production assistant
Mark Overland .... office production assistant
Len Peterson .... office production assistant
Theresa Puskar .... stand-in
Brian Quigley .... assistant coordinator
Neil Robertson .... location manager
Katherine Roussos .... craft service (as Kat Roussos)
Katherine Roussos .... first aid (as Kat Roussos)
Roz Shakespeare .... consultant
Peggy Thompson .... presenter
Shane Travis .... location production assistant
Michael Tse .... caterer
Sam Virag .... location production assistant
Ron Wakaluk .... location scout
Peter Eliot Weiss .... story editor
Anne Wheeler .... story editor
Jason Williams .... location production assistant
Tracey Bell .... thanks
Darleen Blaeser .... thanks
John Boe .... thanks
Diane Boehme .... thanks
Heather Campbell .... thanks
Sandra Deeth .... thanks
Jim Deva .... thanks: Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium
Siobhan Devine .... thanks
David Dewar .... thanks
John Dippong .... thanks
Janine Fuller .... thanks: Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium
John Fulton .... thanks
Ian Gardner .... thanks (as Ian Gardner [Afrodesia])
Louise Garfield .... thanks
John Genzel .... thanks
Robin Hand .... thanks
Bob Hunka .... thanks
Luben Izov .... thanks (as Lubin Izov)
Arvi Liimatainen .... thanks
Leah MacFadyen .... thanks
Wendy MacKeigan .... thanks (as Wendy McKeigan)
Richard Martin .... thanks
John McCullough .... thanks
Charlotte Mickie .... thanks
Stephen Miller .... thanks (as Stephen Miller [Vel Veeta])
Jim Murphy .... special thanks: Motion International
Tracy Napier .... thanks (as T. Napier)
Jane O'Hara .... thanks
Rino Pace .... thanks
Alexandra Raffe .... thanks
Helen Ryane .... thanks
Regine Schmid .... special thanks: TiMe Medienvertribs GmbH
Ingrid Sheer .... thanks
Jay Sheer .... thanks (as Jay)
Beck Shields .... thanks
Bruce Smythe .... thanks: Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium
Bonnelle Strickling .... thanks
Harold Tichenor .... thanks
Wolfram Tichy .... special thanks: TiMe Medienvertribs GmbH
Saeko Usukawa .... thanks
Kate Weiss .... thanks
Laura Wheeler .... thanks

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Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language
101 min | USA:102 min (unrated version)
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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 »
Boom mic visible: After Judy and Lila have their duet in the condo, the boom mic dips briefly into the top of the frame.See more »
Lila:I read a study and after the age of forty a woman's chances of having sex are diminished by eighty percent. SO, after fifty, God help you. And since I probably won't be having sex again, chocolate is the only pleasure left for me.See more »
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It's Never Too Late For Love, Even If It's Battery Operated, 13 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Better Than Chocolate is a Canadian film about the relationship between mother and daughter which turns out to be a lot closer than we're originally led to believe. As the mother, Wendy Crewson appears to be oblivious to the fact that daughter Karyn Dwyer is a lesbian.

At least that's how it appears when she drops in unannounced on her daughter and a recent new girl friend, Christina Cox. The pretext is that Dwyer has dropped out of the university, but Crewson wants to check out more than that.

Acting honors in this film go to Peter Outerbridge who plays the transgender woman Judy, formerly Jeremy. Outerbridge in his own way is playing a role as much a pioneering effort as Hillary Swank in Boys Don't Cry. Had this been a major American film, we might have been talking Oscar for him.

Outerbridge is a wise old soul who's seen life from a few different perspectives. She's been cast out by her family, kind of like Michael Dunn is Ship of Fools. Just as Dunn's parents didn't want a dwarf around and gave him spending money to constantly travel, Outerbridge's parents by him a flat precisely so he can live away from them. It's quite a scene when Judy discovers that the flat is really a kiss off. Crewson and Outerbridge aid each other in their moment of crisis.

If nothing else should have tipped her off that Dwyer was not living the 'normal' life those battery operated sex toys should have said something. Of course Crewson finds they have their uses and she who has said that sex is now being sworn off for chocolate finds that even battery operated love is better than no love at all.

Better Than Chocolate is funny and sweet and endearing all at the same time. A triple threat on the emotions from Anne Wheeler in Canada.

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