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The Cake Eaters (2007)

Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.

Writer:

Jayce Bartok (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Ashley ... Marg Kaminski
Jayce Bartok ... Guy Kimbrough
Bruce Dern ... Easy Kimbrough
Miriam Shor ... Stephanie
Aaron Stanford ... Dwight 'Beagle' Kimbrough
Kristen Stewart ... Georgia Kaminski
Talia Balsam ... Violet Kaminski
Tom Cavanagh ... Lloyd
Melissa Leo ... Ceci Kimbrough
Jesse L. Martin ... Judd
Avery Rak Avery Rak ... Young Guy
Andrew George Jr. Andrew George Jr. ... Young Beagle (as Andrew George)
Dan McCabe ... Teenage Boy #1
Conor Romero ... Teenage Boy #2
Jeffrey Spiegel Jeffrey Spiegel ... Teenage Boy #3
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Storyline

In a small town in the countryside, Georgia Kaminski is a fifteen year-old girl with Friedreich's ataxia, a genetic disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system resulting in clumsy movements, speech problems heading to heart disease. While in a flea market selling goods with her grandmother Marg, Georgia meets the shy twenty-years old Beagle Kimbrough, who works in the cafeteria of her school and is the son of the local butcher Easy. Beagle spent the last years taking care of his ill mother while Easy and Marg have secretly been lovers for many years. Georgia feels that she will have few years of life and decides to lose her virginity with the sensitive Beagle. Meanwhile, Easy's older son Guy returns from New York for the funeral of his mother and seeks out the hairdresser Stephanie, who was his fiancée that he left behind when he moved to New York chasing the dream of becoming a successful musician. During the reunion, the lives of members of both families experience ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

For everything we lose... there's someone we find See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual material involving a teen | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin both went on to star in "The Flash" on CW. See more »

Goofs

When the hairdresser Stephanie is kissing Guy, the tattoo encircling her upper arm is faded out towards its ends, an unmistakable sign of a temporary tattoo. See more »

Quotes

Judd: Beagle. Anything happen to that girl and I'm gonna kill you.
Beagle: Ok.
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Crazy Credits

"Currently, there is no cure for Friedreich's Ataxia. For more information about Friedreich's Ataxia please contact: Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (F.A.R.A.). www.curefa.org See more »

Soundtracks

Prom 78
Written and Performed by Jayce Bartok
Courtesy of Vinyl Foote Productions
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Gets inside you, and gets in good
7 September 2008 | by jamesfilmoreSee all my reviews

In this superbly rendered drama from Mary Stuart Masterson, two small-town families find their lives unexpectedly intertwined when the quiet, socially awkward Beagle Kimbrough (Aaron Stanford) invites the romantic attentions of Georgia Kaminski (Kristen Stewart), a young girl with a rare but terminal nervous disease who knows her window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Much to the chagrin of her domineering mother, and the chilly audits of her otherwise zesty grandmother, Georgia decides to follow her feelings to wherever it is they lead her. Meanwhile, Beagle's older brother Guy (Jayce Bartok), the wayward son, returns from a dead-end bid to become a musician and struggles to reconcile himself with estranged father Easy (Bruce Dern) the town butcher, whose wife (Guy and Beagle's mother) has recently passed away.

There are so many points in this movie where a less steady hand might have foundered the effort, either by overplaying the sentiment card, or by trying to hard to push the tragic undertones, but the film finds an immaculate balance, that golden middle-of-the-road equilibrium that just gets rarer the more time goes by. The characters are so genuine, their stories so real, that the film exacts an impact that is no less raw, and no less memorable, than the trials and tribulations of families we know in life.

The first scene offers a perfect illustration of everything that's right with the movie: Beagle and Easy sit across from each other at the breakfast table, Easy contemplating such bold measures as changing his breakfast cereal, Beagle listening, responding in monosyllables, almost without thinking, and from this one tiny encounter we glean the whole spectrum of what their relationship has become – perfunctory, habitual, and void of energy.

With writing this precise, and with performances so nuanced and natural that all of Hollywood's clichés are swept under the carpet without so much as a whimper, the stage is set for perfection.

Which is what this movie is – perfection.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cake Eaters See more »

Filming Locations:

Catskill, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,820
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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