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I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With -- About a man who has trouble with his job, trouble with women, and uses food to deal with it all.


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  (in credits order)

Jeff Garlin ... James Aaron

Dan Castellaneta ... Dick
Mina Kolb ... Mrs. Aaron

Paul Mazursky ... Charlie Perlman

Rose Abdoo ... Car Dealership Receptionist

Tim Kazurinsky ... Bill Bjango

Jessy Schram ... Fake Daughter

Rebecca Sage Allen ... Andrea Hope (as Rebecca Allen)

Henriette Mantel ... Myra

David Pasquesi ... Luca Giancarlo
Kate Merrill ... French Woman
Cita Orendain ... Philippino Woman

Joey Slotnick ... Larry
Patti Vasquez ... Hot Dog Lady
Josh Rosenblatt ... Poncho Boy
Steve Dahl ... Father

Larry Neumann Jr. ... Bum
Alison Lyon ... Huxley Girl

Phyllis Smith ... OA Lady - Marsha

Cindy Caponera ... OA Lender

Sarah Silverman ... Beth

Richard Kind ... Herb Hope

Bonnie Hunt ... Stella Lewis

David Hoke ... Record Store Clerk
Nancy Schnoll ... Lingerie Saleswoman

Elle Fanning ... Penelope
Even Kettelsen ... Bored Student

Amy Sedaris ... School Therapist - Ms. Clark

Roger Bart ... Burl Cannalo
B. Johnson ... Casting Director Assistant (as Bill 'B' Johnson)
Richard Laible ... Neil Kelly
John M. Watson Sr. ... Cabbie (as John Watson Sr.)

Wallace Langham ... Claude Clochet

Scott Adsit ... Big Galoot
Golde Starger ... Mrs. Schwartz

Helen Slayton-Hughes ... Mrs. Moskowitz (as Helen Slaton-Huges)

Gina Gershon ... Herself as Marty's Mother

Aaron Carter ... Himself as Marty

Brian Boland ... Second City Actor
Antoine McKay ... Second City Actor

Maribeth Monroe ... Second City Actor

Jean Villepique ... Second City Actor

Claudia Michelle Wallace ... Second City Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Lynn Lance ... OA Meeting Member

Preston Thompson ... Student
Niko El Santo Zavero ... Student (uncredited)

Michael Stailey ... Moviegoer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Garlin 
Writing credits
Jeff Garlin (written by)

Produced by
Jeff Garlin .... producer
Craig Horwich .... co-producer
Rob Kolson .... executive producer
David Miner .... executive producer
Megan Murphy .... associate producer
Erin O'Malley .... producer
David Albert Pierce .... co-executive producer
Steve Pink .... producer
Harold Ramis .... executive producer
Jeff Rosenthal .... co-executive producer
Johanna Stein .... co-executive producer
Mark Stein .... associate producer
Misty Tosh .... line producer
Ryan Westheimer .... line producer
Cinematography by
Peter Biagi 
Film Editing by
Steven Rasch 
Casting by
Marla Garlin 
Production Design by
Margaret M. Miles 
Art Direction by
Chris Cleek 
Michael Levinson 
Makeup Department
Jenna Garagiola .... makeup department head
Brent Keene .... key hair stylist
Minnie Krishnan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael Kolko .... unit production manager
Abby Gail Palanker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hansson .... first assistant director: Los Angeles
Jonathan Harris .... second assistant director
Charles Leslie .... second assistant director
Hakeem Smith .... first assistant director
Erica Spano .... first assistant director
Dale Stern .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Gajda .... art department and props
Jaclyn Marshall .... on-set dresser
Adam Sumner .... swing
Sound Department
Mick Davies .... boom operator (as Michael B. Davies)
Steve La Fayette .... boom operator: Chicago
Mike McGrath .... sound utility: Chicago
Alex Riordan .... sound mixer: Chicago
Scott Stolz .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Taylor Black .... grip
Brad Budde .... electrician
Andrew Chojnacki .... grip
Geoffrey Fingerhut .... key grip: Chicago
Daniel Herman .... electrician
David Howard .... first assistant camera
Janet Jensen .... electrician
Matt Johnson .... electrician: Chicago
David 'Louie' Lukasik .... best boy electric: Chicago
Andrew Meyers .... electrician
Jason Puliti .... additional best boy electric
Christopher Rejano .... gaffer: Chicago
Aaron Schuh .... camera loader
L. Andrew Sigler .... key grip
Jerry Tran .... grip: Chicago
Chris Wittenborn .... camera loader: Chicago (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifré DuMont .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Marion Grau .... digital colorist
Music Department
Nena Hsu Erb .... music editor (as Nena Hsu)
Ralph Sall .... executive music producer
Transportation Department
Richard 'Bongo' Mitchell .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Sam Alvelo .... production assistant
Lisa Colangelo .... location manager: Chicago
Dayna Danika .... production coordinator
Tova Dann .... production assistant
Charles de Bernier .... accountant
Jillian Giacomini .... script supervisor
Jeff Goldman .... international distribution
Matt Hickey .... production assistant
Ryan Janata .... office production assistant: Chicago
Ryan Karten .... location manager: Los Angeles
Chezne McArthur .... production coordinator
Chad Ortis .... production assistant
Michael Petrella .... production assistant
David Albert Pierce .... production counsel
Kristin Schaack .... production assistant (as Kristin Drummond)
Mary Tallman .... script supervisor: Chicago
Geno Tazioli .... production assistant
Adam Wilkins .... assistant: Jeff Garlin

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Australia:PG | Portugal:M/12 | UK:12 | USA:R (Original rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)
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Mina Kolb and Jeff Garlin also played mother and son on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (1999).See more »
Mrs. Aaron:You're not gonna wear that shirt, are you?
James Aaron:Don't you see that's not even a question?
Mrs. Aaron:That shirt makes you look fat.
James Aaron:That's because I am fat.
Mrs. Aaron:You're not fat!
James Aaron:If anything, I make the shirt look fat!
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Modest Comedy About a Lonely Sad Sack Boasts a Smart Cast to Overcome Its Familiar Premise, 9 September 2007
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Any movie that offers Bonnie Hunt, Sarah Silverman and Amy Sedaris in the supporting cast has to be well worth watching, and comic actor Jeff Garlin takes advantage of the terrific talent he recruited for his 2007 directorial debut, a sad-sack comedy about an overweight man who feels out of step with the world around him. Familiar as Larry David's manager Jeff on "Curb Your Enthusiasm", Garlin plays James, a still-struggling, 39-year old Chicago actor who still lives with his widowed mother. His self-esteem is so low that he can't meet women, but it's the comical way he views his single status that makes his dilemma involving. If the storyline sounds a bit familiar, that's because the film is partially a tribute to the 1955 Ernest Borgnine classic, "Marty", about a lonely Bronx butcher living with his meddlesome mother. In fact, Garlin uses "Marty" as the play which James is desperate to do since he is so empathetic to the character's situation.

Naturally there is a love story of sorts in this new millennium version, and Silverman plays Beth, an off-kilter, sexually voracious ice cream parlor server who takes him on an underwear shopping spree. Their best scene together is in his favorite convenience store where they improvise different characters in different aisles. Hunt plays a lonely elementary school teacher who shares a passion with James for jazz musician Ben Webster. They meet accidentally in a record store and then again at a career day at her school where he hilariously exposes his sexual neuroses in front of a classroom of first-graders, including his best friend Luca's pert daughter Penelope (played by Dakota Fanning's look-alike baby sister Elle). In a wedged-in cameo and looking quite a bit like Jerri Blank, Sedaris plays the school's counselor who speaks to James after his inappropriate monologue. David Pasquesi plays Luca, a retirement home manager, and his scenes with Garlin have an easy rapport that makes their friendship easy to believe. Almost stealing the movie is character actress Mina Kolb, who plays James' pixilated mother with pluck and heart.

There are also unexpected cameos from teen idol Aaron Carter and Gina Gershon (don't ask…but the set-up is funny), as well as sharply played bits by director Paul Mazursky (as the snaky director of a candid-camera-type show, "Smear Job"), Tim Kazurinsky (as the unsuspecting victim of that show) and Dan Castellaneta (as the tough-love convenience store owner). With his rueful bouts of insecurity and self-loathing, Garlin's comic sensibilities resemble those of Albert Brooks, and the casual dialogue at its best reminds me of "Modern Romance" and "Defending Your Life". The one persistent problem I had with the film is pacing as some scenes dragged out longer than necessary. The problem is more evident in the first half when Garlin is trying to establish the right tempo, and the lack of real conflict adds to the sluggishness. Regardless, what he does well is capture that gnawing sense of desperation one feels upon the revelation that life is not what it is supposed to be, that a significant other may be out of reach, and that a steady diet of junk food eaten on a car hood is the only sure thing when it comes to gratification.

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