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Eat with Me (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 June 2014 (USA)
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When Emma moves in with her estranged, gay son, the pair must learn to reconnect through food where words fail, and face the foreclosure of the family's Chinese restaurant and a stubborn fear of intimacy.

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David Au

Writer:

David Au
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Omi ... Emma
Teddy Chen ... Elliot (as Teddy Chen Culver)
Nicole Sullivan ... Maureen
Aidan Bristow ... Ian
George Takei ... George
Jamila Alina Jamila Alina ... Jenny
Ken Narasaki ... Ray
Burt Grinstead ... Austin
Scott Keiji Takeda ... James
Sam Gibney Sam Gibney ... Band Lead Singer
Chris Moseman Chris Moseman ... Guitarist
Carlos Naranjo Carlos Naranjo ... Guitarist / Bar Patron
Art Andranikyan Art Andranikyan ... Drummer / Bar Patron (as Arthur Andranikyan)
Lucia F. Quezada Lucia F. Quezada ... Baking Class Teacher
Ben Van Cleave Ben Van Cleave ... Baking Class Student
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Storyline

Emma only knows one way how to add spice to her life... by squirting it from a bottle of hot sauce. The rest of her life is cushy but bland: scrambled egg whites, decaffeinated coffee and her husband, Ray. She's had enough and runs away from home. Her estranged son, Elliot, finds her lurking outside his restaurant with suitcase in hand. They try to start over again as mother and son in this odd-couple living situation, but she's old-fashioned, and he's gay. Between them are years of awkward moments and unspoken tensions. Feeling lonely, Emma accidentally befriends the lady next door who's so eccentric that Emma's way over her head. Meanwhile, a passionate encounter with a man in a bar turns Elliot's fear of commitment on its head. With dumplings, dessert, whiskey, and even Ecstasy in front of them, will they give in to their indulgences? And can mother and son reconcile while struggling to discover their own appetites for life? Written by Au Films

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You can't start over on an empty stomach

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

(L)egyél velem See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Trivia

Based on David Au's short film, "Fresh Like Strawberries," that aired on the LOGO network. See more »

Goofs

In the film's closing disclaimer, it states that any similarity to actual "films" is purely coincidental, when it may have meant to say "firms" instead. See more »

Quotes

Ian: [looking for relationship potential after anonymous sex] Look, we don't have to do all this if you don't want to.
Elliot: What?
Ian: I get it. You're not into it. It's okay.
Elliot: What do you mean?
Ian: Look at you. You're physically moving away from me right now. We should just walk away like nothing happened. I'm not normally that guy, but I can do it.
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No dumplings were harmed during the making of this film. See more »

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New Year
Written and performed by Unobahn
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Mom and son drama with a crazy fun neighbor
2 July 2014 | by crystalmh3698See all my reviews

I saw this film at Frameline 38 in San Francisco on June 26, 2014 at 4 pm at the magnificent Castro Theater. This is the funniest movie I have seen in years. Outstanding performances from Sharon Omi and Teddy Chen Culver as Mom and Son - who have no idea how to communicate with each other. Mom leaves Dad (because they don't know how to communicate with each other) moves in with Son and wackiness happens. Nicole Sullivan is the free spirited next door neighbor who steals every scene she is in. David Au's writing is brilliant and Nicole's comedic delivery and timing is perfect. George Takai makes a wonderful appearance and there are some dumplings thrown in the mix. This is a fabulous, fun, family film with food and everyone should see it. I saw 25 films at Frameline this year and this was my favorite.


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