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Writer:
Peggy Thompson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 July 1999 (Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Delicious Comedy
Plot:
Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A lesbian midsummer night's dream See more (98 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
101 min | USA:102 min (unrated version)
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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Judy:I'm Jeremy.
Lila:You're a man?
Judy:No, no, no, no, no, not really. Not ever. I was born into a man's body but I've always been a woman and well, after the final surgery...
Lila:I think I need a little drink.
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soda PopSee more »

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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A lesbian midsummer night's dream, 24 July 2005
Author: smoothhoney1265 from Germany

Well, what can one say about this film? You could just agree to all the bad critics that have been written about it – that "Better than chocolate" is nothing more but a cliché and an unrealistic fairy tale. Fairy tale's the word: What is cinema supposed to be if not a fairy tale? It's unrealistic; it helps us forgetting our daily troubles and allows us to dream and to bathe in romantic feelings. And these are exactly the reasons I recommend "Better than chocolate" and think that it's a splendid movie, a hilarious comedy and a love story so sweet you just get enchanted by it.

It's a classic: The sweet princess, Meggie, just quit university and preferred becoming part of Vancouver's gay scene, performing in a gay bar (and she's so great in it!) and working in a lesbian book store. Things seem to go pretty fine until the day when Maggie's Mum Lila calls and informs our princess that she just left her current husband and wants to move in with Maggie, bringing Maggie's teen brother Paul with her. The problem is: Mum doesn't know (or doesn't want to know) that her little daughter is gay. Things get even more problematic when one night, after her performing at the club, Maggie meets her knight, who does not wear an armour or ride a white horse, but who is an attractive, tough and cool girl named Kim, rides a funky van and lives on the road, earning her money with drawing portraits. When all the characters mentioned above finally find themselves living under the same roof some days later, things become chaotic and almost grotesque cause it's so obvious that Kim and Meggie are a couple but Lila is simply blind for it.

Mind you, the movie also deals with other interesting characters. We get to know Frances, the neurotic owner of the book shop Maggie works in. There is also Judy, who once was Jeremy, but now is a woman and hopelessly in love with Frances. And don't forget Carla, whose favourite pass of time is sex, who seduces almost every person crossing her way, is an expert in the newest *toys* and digs on Maggie as well as her brother Paul.

Of course it's one or two clichés, I mentioned it before. But if you see how lightly and heart-warmingly the story is told, if you hear the hilarious jokes and one-liners, follow the soft filming of the camera you just can't help forgetting about those clichés and falling in love with this movie. For in the middle of this colourful chaos the love story between Kim and Maggie is the calm and comforting pole, it's told in silent pictures and gentle sounds (which become a bit louder when it comes to … well, the making love part). And this beautiful love story has highlights of its own, and I don't want to reveal even one of them. I can only say that much: A lot of colour and … goddesses ;) (everyone who's seen the movie of course knows what I'm talking about) There is also something else I love about this film: Although it's a fairy tale and most parts of it are simply utopic, "Better than chocolate" can be inspiring and show possibilities: The possibility of an alternative life style and that you can be comfortable with it, no matter what others might think, the possibility to break out of certain expectations society burdens us with and the possibility to love differently. For example when Maggie quits her finance studies to live her dream of being an author. So, besides allowing us to dream, this film also gives incredible hope and this might be its greatest strength.

A word on the cast which is simply – brilliant. And before concentrating on one of the protagonists, who in my opinion stood out, I'd like to compliment the others. There is this young actor playing Paul, who up to "Better than chocolate" has had no acting experience but is very good at what he's doing. There is the sex-ridden but likable Carla. The neurotic Frances – Canada's currently probably most famous lesbian actress and author Ann-Marie MacDonald (and according to director Anne Wheeler the only openly gay actress participating in this movie). The icing on the cake in this film are two profound Canadian actors – Wendy Crewson as Lila and Peter Outerbridge as Judy. Wendy (who is probably most familiar as Harrison Ford's wife in "Air Force One") is just outstanding as the confused, sweet and clueless Mum with a weakness for chocolate. Peter Outerbridge is just incredible as Judy and you really have a hard time to believe that this is his first transsexual performance – he's so great in this role and just a beautiful woman. And now let me point out the person who impressed me most with her performance: Christina Cox as Kim. She's hot, she's sexy, she's tough and cool but at the same time so soft and feminine. I think only few actresses can add so many different facets to their role. I mean, she could have easily played a simple butch, but she adds such charisma and dignity to her character – it's just amazing. There, enough said, she's just great.

The movie's soundtrack is a highlight of its own – Sarah McLachlan with "Ice Cream" for example – and perfectly mirrors the film's young spirit, it's modern, it's sexy, it's dreamy and it rocks. And with this I'd like to give "Better than chocolate" three thumbs up – a summer movie with heart, soul, humour and a lot of love.

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