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Year of the Carnivore (2009)

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A romantic comedy about a girl with an unrequited crush on a boy who thinks she's bad in bed, so she goes out to get more "experience".


Sook-Yin Lee


Ken Chubb (story editor), Sook-Yin Lee (screenwriter) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristin Milioti ... Sammy Smalls
Mark Rendall ... Eugene Zaslavsky
Ali Liebert ... Sylvia
Kevin McDonald ... Mr. Smalls
Sheila McCarthy ... Mrs. Smalls
Will Sasso ... Dirk
Emily Holmes ... Kathy
Patrick Gilmore ... Todd
Eugene Lipinski ... Lloyd Zaslavsky
Linda Uyrehara Hoffman Linda Uyrehara Hoffman ... Miss Nakamura
Don Thompson ... Lazowski
Luke Camilleri ... Jie
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... Old Man
Nick Cheply Nick Cheply ... Kevin 'The Head Banger'
Bethany Brown ... Krista


Twenty-one year old Sammy Smalls has self-esteem issues. She hides behind her frumpy clothes and the slight limp she sustained from a childhood illness. She works in a dead end job as an undercover shoplifter detector at a Big Apple Food Town, her boss Dirk who has his own brand of vigilante justice for the shoplifters. And she considers her parents, although loving in their own unique way, not good role models for her. She doesn't like people touching her in an emotional manner, the ticklish feeling she gets from such being yet another thing behind which she hides. As a result, she is sexually inexperienced. However, she does have a crush on Eugene Zaslavsky, a busker musician who performs outside her supermarket. Each considers the other a friend, but their attempt to take the friendship into a sexual realm results in utter disaster. Although they vow to remain friends, Eugene won't sleep with her again due to her sexual inexperience. So Sammy goes on an expedition for advice and ... Written by Huggo

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A story about finding love... sex... love See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

10 September 2009 (Canada) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Eugene Zaslavsky: My mom ended up cheating on my dad. He was heartbroken and she was miserable. That's why she got cancer. If that's love, you can count me out.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Learning about sex is weird
26 February 2011 | by egajdSee all my reviews

I watched this, by accident last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I turned to it, I didn't know anything about it, but quickly realized that it was a Canadian film. There is some weirdness in how Canadians see sex/love, and this film captures that in spades. There is nothing clearly explicit, except for a couple of naked buttocks. However, the scenes of sexual exploration are invariably just slightly off centre and very funny. Does Sammy learn the difference between sex and love?

The acting is excellent, and I enjoyed the quirky characters and pacing of the film. In typical Canadian fashion, the denouement is surprising, but ends hopefully. Sook-yin Lee, with the delightful Cristin Milioti as Sammy Smalls, makes this a gentle film with a crunchy satisfaction to it. A surprising delight.

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