Saturday, October 24, 2009

I don't really have a lot of time to wait

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

Kristen Stewart has probably become best known as Bella Swan in Twilight but she has been acting for a while in many different roles. Probably one of best acted and most away from the norm was in a 2009 independant drama called the cake eaters.

The cake eaters has nothing to do with cake...not a single plot point and those words are never mentioned in the script. Im pretty sure its one of those ambiguous titles that makes you really think about what it means once youve seen it.

The cake eaters however IS about a mom. A mom and her husband and two kids, Guy and Beagle. But its not about the mom but what happens AFTER she dies. She is the catalyst for this whole movie. Beagle is shy and reserved...a bit of a mamas boy. Guy is a drifting muscian and Easy (the husband) has been having an affair with family friend Marg. But after she dies they all change. Beagle starts to fall in love with Georgia who has Frederick's Ataxia, a physical and neurological disorder.

Georgia is played by Stewart and its a very different performance for her. She has the walk, talk and feel of a crippled person but it never feels cliched and feels more natural than if some other actress would have done it. It is in my opinion a real stepping stone for Stewarts career.

The movie does have its cliches and it has a Napoleon Dynamite way of telling a story but the acting and writing, as well as a great debut performance for director Mary Stuart Masterson makes this a real feel good drama that is at least worth a look.


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