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  (in credits order)

Elizabeth Ashley ... Marg Kaminski

Jayce Bartok ... Guy Kimbrough

Bruce Dern ... Easy Kimbrough

Miriam Shor ... Stephanie

Aaron Stanford ... Dwight 'Beagle' Kimbrough

Kristen Stewart ... Georgia Kaminski

Talia Balsam ... Violet Kaminski

Tom Cavanagh ... Lloyd

Melissa Leo ... Ceci Kimbrough

Jesse L. Martin ... Judd
Avery Rak ... Young Guy
Andrew George Jr. ... Young Beagle (as Andrew George)

Dan McCabe ... Teenage Boy #1

Conor Romero ... Teenage Boy #2
Jeffrey Spiegel ... Teenage Boy #3

Elizabeth Van Meter ... Hippie Chick

Lucas Papaelias ... Mikey P.

Elisa Pugliese ... Stacy
Robert Meo ... Bobby
E.J. Carroll ... Vito
Stephen Payne ... Farmer Phil
Elizabeth Girardeau ... Maggie Lynn

Devin Ratray ... JJ
Grant Monohon ... Hipster
Dylan Denton ... Boy
Susan Gardner ... Young Pregnant Bride

Marylouise Burke ... Babe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phillip X Levine ... Bus Rider (as Phillip X. Levine)
Kara Duffus ... Flea Market Shopper (uncredited)
Dave Dyshuk ... Passerby (uncredited)
Mary E. Freeman ... Flea Market Shopper (uncredited)

Zoe Hunter ... Girl on the Bus (uncredited)
George Radel ... Flea Market Shopper (uncredited)

Nicole Signore ... Flea Market Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
Mary Stuart Masterson 
Writing credits
Jayce Bartok (screenplay)

Produced by
Allen Bain .... producer
Jayce Bartok .... co-producer
Carrie Fix .... line producer
Darren Goldberg .... producer
David Morris Kelly .... production executive
Mary Stuart Masterson .... producer
Patrick R. Morris .... executive producer (as Patrick Morris)
Elisa Pugliese .... producer
Jesse Scolaro .... producer
Original Music by
Duncan Sheik 
Cinematography by
Peter Masterson (director of photography) (as Peter C.B. Masterson)
Film Editing by
Joe Landauer 
Colleen Sharp 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
David Stein 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Scoppa 
Costume Design by
Marina Draghici 
Makeup Department
Jill Astmann .... key makeup artist: second unit
Jason Hayes .... key hair artist
Paul Huntley .... wig maker: Kristen Stewart
Pamela May .... key hair artist: second unit
Stacey Panepinto .... key makeup artist
Kami Steele .... additional makeup artist
Taurance F. Williams .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Louise Lovegrove .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director (as Shahrzad 'Sheri' Davani)
Sarah Gottlieb .... second assistant director: second unit
Scott Larkin .... second second assistant director
Paul 'Big Mac' MacDonald .... second assistant director
Josh Newport .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Steven Algaroba .... construction grip: New York City
Pastor Alvarado III .... assistant property master
James Baratta .... construction grip: New York City
Scott Canfield .... leadman
Angelique Clark .... art department shopper: second unit
Brian Douglass .... art production assistant
Kristin Emery .... charge scenic
Nicole Emmons .... construction grip: New York City
Haden Garrett .... art assistant
Kenneth W. Hoare .... art consultant (as Ken Hoare)
Greg Izzo .... set dresser
Joe James .... art production assistant (as Joseph James)
Robert Jean-Pierre .... art production assistant
Doro Klusmann .... on-set dresser: second unit (as Dorothea Klusmann)
Joe Kudlack .... construction grip: New York City
Roger Lang .... key carpenter: New York City
Greg Mazzola .... construction grip: New York City
Ron Mazzola .... construction grip: New York City (as Ron Mazzola Jr.)
Corinne Merrell .... art assistant
Miles Michael .... on-set dresser
Nicholas J. Mongelli Jr. .... construction grip: New York City (as Nicholas Mongelli)
Will Pangman .... art production assistant (as William Pangman)
Paul Pitalo .... set dresser: New York City (as Gerald Pitalo)
Allison Robin .... art department supervisor
Duke Scoppa .... property master (as Edward P. Scoppa Jr.)
Stephen Shapiro .... carpenter: New York City
Amy Small .... set dresser: second unit
Richard Tenewitz .... construction coordinator: New York City
Daniel Tonkin .... construction grip: New York City
Frankie Tonkin .... construction grip: New York City
Girolamo Tuzzolino .... construction grip: New York City
James Walker .... shop craftsman: New York City
Kenneth Walshak .... shop craftsman: New York City (as Ken Walshak)
Lee Whittier .... property master: second unit (as Vernon Lee Whittier)
Sound Department
David Briggs .... dialogue editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Rusty Dunn .... sound designer
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Jack Hutson .... production sound mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Allen Lau .... assistant sound editor
Rich Macar .... sound recording mixer
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jeanne Sison .... audio post producer
Visual Effects by
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Healer .... visual effects supervisor
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Gene Harrison .... stunt coordinator
Don Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Kevin Rogers .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Alexeev .... grip
Abraham Altbuch .... best boy grip
Cesar Baptista .... dolly grip
Cesar Baptista .... key grip
Sandi Bohle .... additional electrician
Ray Collins .... camera operator
René Crout .... first assistant camera
Nicole Emmons .... grip
Darren Frohlich .... additional electrician
Keith Gordon .... additional grip
Robert Lau .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Deborah Lipman .... first assistant camera: second unit
Stephen Long .... additional electrician
William Lucia .... grip
Nick Maczka .... best boy grip: second unit
Tim Marotta .... additional grip
Nestor Medina .... electrician
Jamie Merritt .... additional electrician (as James D. Merritt)
Simeon Moore .... best boy electric
Jeff Panessa .... additional grip
Karin Partin .... camera intern
Christopher Piazza .... second assistant camera
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Rachael Saltzman .... electrician
David Satin .... digital imaging technician
John Schwartz .... gaffer
Chad Strohmayer .... generator operator
Josh Wilber .... grip: second unit
Andrew Wonder .... second assistant camera: second unit
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Robert Oppel .... extras casting assistant
Marny Smith .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erin Byrne .... costumer
Jane Friesen .... costume production assistant
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe supervisor
Lauren Miller .... costume intern
Editorial Department
Anthony Brandonisio .... additional assistant editor
Jeffrey Dye .... editorial assistant
Pat Kelleher .... on-line editor
Jordan Lindblad .... assistant editor: avid
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Jim Black .... music supervisor
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Barnaby Greenberg .... music consultant
Michael Tudor .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Gabe Turiello .... camera car driver
Other crew
Michele Baker .... location manager
Rebecca Bernard .... production assistant: first team, second unit
Brette Billow .... assistant production coordinator
Anna Bowers .... additional set production assistant
Stefan Bozydaj .... production assistant: first team
Robert Broder .... set medic
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor: second unit
Wendy Cohen .... product placement supervisor
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Megan Denver .... assistant location manager
Frank Dianda .... location production assistant
Christina DiCerbo .... set production assistant: second unit
Jacob Eben .... set production assistant
Diana Encheva .... intern
Max Fourny .... set production intern
Tom Ganjamie .... set production assistant: second unit
D.G. Gonzalez .... location unit manager (as Daniel Gonzalez)
Jim Hartz .... studio teacher: Kristen Stewart
Jason Herman .... intern
Jennifer Hoopes .... location scout: New York City
Heidi Hoyt .... caterer
Michael Hoyt .... caterer
Borjan Jovanovich .... key set production assistant
Louis Katz .... medical services (as Dr. Louis Katz)
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Nelson Khoury .... location scout: New York City
Eric A. Knapp .... office intern
Andrew Kornhaber .... set production assistant
Mark Lake .... location manager: New York City
Sam Lisenco .... set production intern
Benjamin Logan .... production assistant
Benjamin Logan .... set production assistant (as Ben Logan)
Maria Elena Lopez-Frank .... assistant: Ms. Masterson
Casey Madigan .... additional set production assistant
Trinidy McMahon .... key set production assistant: second unit
Matthew Monaco .... additional set production assistant
Gideon Moncrieffe .... additional set production assistant
Ali Moussavi .... office production assistant
Kory O'Donnell .... production office coordinator
Paul Pangman .... production office intern
Kikuyo Polk .... accounting assistant
Minico Roberts .... accountant filer
Allison Robin .... product placement coordinator
Vernon Rodriguez .... parking coordinator
Sarah Rubenstein .... production accountant
Brendan K. Russell .... office production assistant (as Brendan Russell)
David Henry Schneider .... assistant: Mr. Dern
Otto Stockmeier .... location intern: New York City
Amy Teitter .... additional location production assistant
Nicole Tripp .... additional location production assistant
Adam Watt .... office production assistant
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Steven Yap .... set production intern
Tiffany Bartok .... special thanks
Jeremy Davidson .... special thanks
Leo Redgate .... special thanks
Nicole Signore .... additional thanks

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Rated R for some language and sexual material involving a teen
86 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
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Aaron Standford is nearly 14 years older than Kristen Stewart, nearly twice Kristen's age at the time of shooting.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the hairdresser Stephanie is kissing Guy, the tattoo encircling her upper arm is faded out towards its ends, an unmistakable sign of a temporary tattoo.See more »
Easy:It was a real simple ceremony. We tried to call you in New York. Your number didn't work. We couldn't get a hold of you. I'm sorry, bud.See more »
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36 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
What are we, elephants?...The Cake Eaters, 27 March 2008
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

Mary Stewart Masterson's film The Cake Eaters is a very well done piece of cinema. A slice of rural life in a sleepy town, we are privy to a period of turmoil and discovery for two families living there. The Kimbrough's have recently lost their matriarch and a second family is dealing with the hardships of raising a child with Friedriech's Ataxia. Both groups are thrust together with some chance meetings, helping each other get through the tough times and remember the good in living life. There is a lot of heart on display and subtlety in its portrayal. We see just enough of every story thread to understand the emotions going on inside the heads of all the characters—emotions that are very complicated and co-existing with their exact opposites: can love ever really exist separate from hate? The main catalyst for much of what occurs stems from the return of Guy Kimbrough, back from a three-year, self-imposed exile of rock n' roll life in NYC. It is an interesting welcome; one mixed with happiness at seeing him and disappointment in the fact that he abandoned them all when they needed him the most. Played by the screenwriter, Jayce Bartok, it is a role that bares similarities to the only other film I have seen him in, Suburbia. There he was a returning rockstar seeing how different he had become when re-connecting with old friends, here he is that same guy, only now with the realization that his dream is over. This is a one-way ticket back home to start over and hope to find what it was he lost in those years away. Needing to make amends with the father and brother he left, the girl he walked out on, and the mother he missed saying goodbye to, Bartok does well showing the sadness and regret along with the hope of rebirth.

His introduction back into the life of his brother has a very real effect on the younger Beagle. Played wonderfully by Aaron Stanford, (in a huge departure from his turn as Pyro in the X-Men films), he is reminded of how he had to put his life on hold to care for his parents, one dying and one unable to stay and watch. After meeting the granddaughter of his father's old friend/flame, he finds that he must start to live for himself. Although she is younger and afflicted with a debilitating muscular disease, the two find a bond and common ground with each other. They see someone like themselves, wanting to find a relationship and person to be with. The climax of their relationship is very strong and well played, allowing the audience to discover whether their connection was strictly of convenience or much more. Kristen Stewart is fantastic as the girl Georgia. The way she must control her body in order for the disease to be real is effective, but also her smile at the hand God dealt her is perfect. This young woman knows her fate and tries to overcome any feelings of sadness by just living.

The beauty of The Cake Eaters is that it unfolds very unassumingly, taking its story and its progression as naturally as possible. There are no twists and turns or bombastic moments to hit the audience over the head with. Instead we are allowed a glimpse into the world of this town, where flea markets, butcher shops, and outskirt motels are commonplace and well used. Each moment is completely authentic, from the acting to the relationships uncovered as the film goes on. Even some little moments shine above the rest like when Easy Kimbrough, (the always great Bruce Dern), is telling his girlfriend that he can't continue their relationship if it remains a secret. He is so heartfelt and she as well trying to keep him for herself in the way she had grown accustomed, but once the phone rings and she finds that her granddaughter has gone off with his son, she turns on him and screams that Beagle isn't good enough for Georgia. Emotion is a powerful thing and the blunt truth of that scene just rings completely true.

With subtle directing and the fearless use of quiet moments to let the actors breathe and do their thing, Masterson has crafted a gem of a film. I kept thinking of another film with similar tonal qualities and settings in Tully while watching. This is strange because I don't remember much about that film except for really enjoying it, yet somehow I just felt they had a kinship with each other. Definitely an independent feature, I hope it will be able to eventually break the festival circuit and get a proper release either theatrically or on DVD. It is definitely one worth watching for those interested in small character studies and really effective drama.

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