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The Cake Eaters (2007)

Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.

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Jayce Bartok (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Avery Rak ... Young Guy
Andrew George Jr. Andrew George Jr. ... Young Beagle (as Andrew George)
Dan McCabe ... Teenage Boy #1
Conor Romero ... Teenage Boy #2
Jeffrey Spiegel Jeffrey Spiegel ... Teenage Boy #3
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Storyline

'The Cake Eaters' is a quirky, small town, ensemble drama that explores the lives of two interconnected families coming to terms with love in the face of loss. Living in rural America, The Kimbrough family is a normally odd bunch; Easy, the patriarch and local butcher, is grieving over the recent loss of his wife, Ceci, while hiding a secret ongoing affair for years; Beagle, his youngest son who was left to care for his ailing mother, works in the local high school cafeteria by day but has a burning passion inside that manifests itself through painting street signs; and the eldest son, Guy, has been away from the family for years while pursuing his rock star dream in the big city until the day he learns of his mother's passing and that he's missed the funeral. Upon Guy's return home, relationships between the characters begin to unravel; Beagle's pent up emotions connect with Georgia Kaminski, a terminally ill teenage girl wanting to experience love before it's too late; Easy's long ... Written by The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (BNFF), 2008

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life can be as sweet as you make it... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual material involving a teen | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doces Encontros See more »

Filming Locations:

Catskill, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin both went on to star in "The Flash" on CW. See more »

Goofs

After Georgia spends the night in bed with Beagle, when she sits up to leave the bed, you can see bra strap marks on her back. Supposedly, she had been naked all night, so she shouldn't have any bra strap marks. See more »

Quotes

Marg: What are you thinking about my angel?
Georgia: Sex.
Marg: Whoa.
Georgia: It's supposed to be this huge deal right?
Marg: Uh huh.
Georgia: But is it really?
Marg: It can be really beautiful. And it can be very not beautiful.
Georgia: How old were you when you... when you first... when you lost it.
Marg: Georgia, where is this going? I mean, I was seventeen... sixteen... ok, I was fifteen. It was in an alley behind my parents house in upper St. Clair with a boy named Johnny Usiff. He was Russian. Very handsome. I was drunk so I don't remember a whole lot ...
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Diamond Ring
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Performed by The Rosewood Thieves
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Gets inside you, and gets in good
7 September 2008 | by jamesfilmoreSee all my reviews

In this superbly rendered drama from Mary Stuart Masterson, two small-town families find their lives unexpectedly intertwined when the quiet, socially awkward Beagle Kimbrough (Aaron Stanford) invites the romantic attentions of Georgia Kaminski (Kristen Stewart), a young girl with a rare but terminal nervous disease who knows her window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Much to the chagrin of her domineering mother, and the chilly audits of her otherwise zesty grandmother, Georgia decides to follow her feelings to wherever it is they lead her. Meanwhile, Beagle's older brother Guy (Jayce Bartok), the wayward son, returns from a dead-end bid to become a musician and struggles to reconcile himself with estranged father Easy (Bruce Dern) the town butcher, whose wife (Guy and Beagle's mother) has recently passed away.

There are so many points in this movie where a less steady hand might have foundered the effort, either by overplaying the sentiment card, or by trying to hard to push the tragic undertones, but the film finds an immaculate balance, that golden middle-of-the-road equilibrium that just gets rarer the more time goes by. The characters are so genuine, their stories so real, that the film exacts an impact that is no less raw, and no less memorable, than the trials and tribulations of families we know in life.

The first scene offers a perfect illustration of everything that's right with the movie: Beagle and Easy sit across from each other at the breakfast table, Easy contemplating such bold measures as changing his breakfast cereal, Beagle listening, responding in monosyllables, almost without thinking, and from this one tiny encounter we glean the whole spectrum of what their relationship has become – perfunctory, habitual, and void of energy.

With writing this precise, and with performances so nuanced and natural that all of Hollywood's clichés are swept under the carpet without so much as a whimper, the stage is set for perfection.

Which is what this movie is – perfection.


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