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I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  28 April 2006 (USA)
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About a man who has trouble with his job, trouble with women, and uses food to deal with it all.

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James Aaron
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Dick
Mina Kolb ...
Mrs. Aaron
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Charlie Perlman
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Car Dealership Receptionist
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Bill Bjango
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Fake Daughter
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Andrea Hope (as Rebecca Allen)
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Myra
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Luca Giancarlo
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Philippino Woman
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Larry
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Hot Dog Lady
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Poncho Boy
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Life has its downs for James, living with his mom in Chicago at 39, an aging performer at Second City, eating and weighing too much. A woman he's been dating drops him, as does his agent, her brother. James turns down roles in local TV, roles that make him sad. Someone's remaking his favorite movie, "Marty," a role he'd love, but he doesn't even get an audition. He has a minor meltdown when talking at a grade school career day. Things look up when he meets the quirky Beth at an ice cream shop. Can James make a career for himself, move out from mom's, and find someone to eat cheese with? Or is he destined to watch Jackie Gleason and be Marty for the rest of his life? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes love is just a big bowl of wrong.

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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Alguém Que Me Compreenda  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,317 (USA) (7 September 2007)

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$194,568 (USA) (4 January 2008)
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Mina Kolb and Jeff Garlin also played mother and son on Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999). See more »

Quotes

Beth: Mmm. I want someone to eat cheese with.
James Aaron: [Excitedly] That's what I want! That's so simple. That's perfect. Although I'd probably prefer rice pudding. I love - I'm telling you, you have no idea what you're missing. It's so good.
Beth: You wanna' come with me to buy some underwear?
James Aaron: [Excitedly] I was just thinking that!
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Written by Harold Adamson; Mack Gordon; Vincent Youmans
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I like mozzarella, she likes provolone
11 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In an early scene, Luca (David Pasquesi) and James (Jeff Garlin) are walking down a neighborhood street in Chicago, admiring the bucolic architecture, when a woman, angrily arguing in French on a cell phone, passes by them, prompting James to remark, "There's nothing hotter than an angry French woman." A few blocks later, they pass an old Filipino woman, also angry, also arguing on a cell phone, and Luca remarks, for referential effect, "There's nothing hotter than an angry, elderly Filipino woman."

The humor in Jeff Garlin's I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With is best characterized by the word quotidian. The film is a conversation. We might as well be eavesdropping. Rather than go for antics, the film relies on character flaws and human curiosity to deliver laughs. While it's not innovative, it is far from banal, and even if James views himself as being rather jejune, we know that he is fairly average, and this endears him.

Self-betterment is the primary theme of the movie. Sarah Silverman, who plays Beth, is excellent as the catalyst of change; she revitalizes James, and so reminds him to live a better life. Even so, achieving some idyllic dream is not the end of these characters, but rather something simpler: that they might pick up what pieces there are of the life they love, just to keep for themselves at least enough to carry on.

A movie about life lessons can be overwrought, as it can forget to connect with its audience. I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With is subtle and winsome, and while its moral may not be inspiring, it is still resonant. This is low-key comedy, but it will stick with you.


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