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Cake (2014)

R | | Drama | 23 January 2015 (USA)
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Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Claire Bennett
... Silvana
... Nina Collins
... Roy Collins
... Bonnie
... Annette
... Leonard
... Jason Bennett
... Nurse Gayle
... Becky
... Carol
... Stephanie
... Arturo
... Tina
... Buddy
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The acerbic, hilarious Claire Bennett becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. As she uncovers the details of Nina's suicide and develops a poignant relationship with Nina's husband, she also grapples with her own, very raw personal tragedy. Written by Ben Barnz

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Forgiveness is a bitter pill to swallow. See more »

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Rated R for language, substance abuse and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cake: Una razón para vivir  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$916,179, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,873,547, 8 February 2015
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2.35 : 1
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The film is Britt Robertson's first collaboration with Jennifer Aniston. They later worked together in Mothers Day. See more »

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Although there is a working Drive-In Theater in Riverside (California), the closest train tracks are about a mile away; making the scene showing a train passing near the screen impossible. See more »

Quotes

Claire Bennett: I'm not a stalker, at least not in the traditional sense.
Roy Collins: I don't care either way; I'm not bothered.
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Featured in The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) See more »

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John and James
Written by Herbert Frederick and Arthur Stanley Reid
Performed by New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble
Courtesy of Ska-Jazz Productions
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A surprisingly good film - and an excellent Aniston
20 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

An excellent film with an intriguing plot, delivered with a refreshingly down-to-earth storytelling. The buzz about Jennifer Aniston is actually true -- it takes very little time for Aniston to disappear on the screen (and after 15 years of daily Rachel, that in itself is a big achievement). It is someone new we are introduced to in the film, and well... I followed Claire with a mix of annoyance, empathy and curiosity, totally absorbed.

The central story is very good and the big answers are withheld from us in such way that you keep trying and paying attention not to miss anything, because in this film, there is much beauty in the detail. Much to Aniston's credit, it's her performance that grabs you, and the subtlety in how the story is revealed makes our understanding of what's happening to this broken body and soul both moving and endearing. There is humour as well, dark and quick, and it does not let you soak on it for too long. Just as life.

There are some minor "deviations" in the story which don't really add much to the realism of everything else, and it somewhat pulls you back from the emotional depth you had been immersed until then - but those are brief moments.

Small budget, great script, great direction and a solid, moving performance by Aniston (which led me to tears). The remaining cast deserves praise as well, and all comes together really nicel. But it should be said, Aniston has done a brilliant job on this one. She has talent. I would hope Hollywood-land is paying attention and allow us to enjoy more of her in more of these.


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