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Better Than Chocolate (1999)

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Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced ... See full summary »

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Anne Wheeler

Writer:

Peggy Thompson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Lila
Karyn Dwyer ... Maggie
Christina Cox ... Kim
Ann-Marie MacDonald Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Frances
Marya Delver Marya Delver ... Carla
Kevin Mundy ... Paul
Tony Nappo ... Tony
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Marcus
Beatrice Zeilinger Beatrice Zeilinger ... Bernice
Peter Outerbridge ... Judy
Gerald Varga ... Skin Head 1
Robert Parent Robert Parent ... Skin Head 2
Corrine Koslo Corrine Koslo ... Safe Sex Advocate
Veena Sood ... Religious Zealot
Tony Marr Tony Marr ... Lila's Boss
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Storyline

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household. Soon after, Lila is befriended by Judy, a transsexual about to undergo a sex-change operation. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Taglines:

A Delicious Comedy

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Maggie & Lila See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,584, 15 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,011,254, 7 November 1999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title of film comes from a lyric in Sarah McLachlan's song called "Ice Cream", "Your love is better then chocolate". See more »

Goofs

After Judy and Lila have their duet in the condo, the boom mic dips briefly into the top of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Frances: Seriously, Mr. Marcus, the Supreme Court has declared that anal sex is to gay male sex what Mozart is to classical music.
Mr. Marcus: Miss Turner, we are not here to discuss classical music. I myself am a huge Mozart fan, but...
Frances: Look, the fucking Supreme Court has declared this natural. It is not obscene.
Mr. Marcus: In case you haven't noticed this is not the Supreme Court. We're here in Customs and I have a job to do.
Frances: We're just following orders, are we? Asshole.
Mr. Marcus: From your perspective, that must be a compliment of ...
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Crazy Credits

No humans were harmed in the production of this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Little Sister's vs. Big Brother (2002) See more »

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A beautiful celebration of life, love, and diversity.
15 April 2004 | by gaburuSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie rich in both love and life. Maggie, a worldly yet closeted twenty-year-old runs into her new girlfriend Kim, a similarly aged artist-on-the-road, the day before her mother and brother come to live with her and romantic adventure ensues. Maggie's mother, Lila, believes the only pleasure left in the world after her divorce is chocolate, but soon finds there still is more to life. This film covers all the bases of the LGBT spectrum and, while occasionally using stereotypes, is a beautiful way to celebrate diversity. This is one of my favorite movies for the subtle humor and beautiful theme of the movie and I, personally, give it an A+!


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