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Cake (2014)

R | | Drama | 23 January 2015 (USA)
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Cake is a movie starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, and Anna Kendrick. 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 »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Self-forgiveness is a painful path. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

23 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cake: Una razón para vivir  »

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Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


Lucy Punch and Anna Kendrick previously starred together in Into The Woods (2014). See more »


Claire's pain appears to be in her legs - it was said she had pins in her legs - and during the swimming sequence, they show a long scar that runs from above to below her knee. If it were this injury, she would not be able to squat down to slip into the pool and if it were as bad as indicated, she would have a harder time walking. Additionally, it wouldn't require her to lay down in the car during her travels. See more »


Claire Bennett: This thief can cook.
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Written by Randy Goodrum and Timothy Hosman
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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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