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PostSubject: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:27 am

Our goal is to compile as exhaustive a list of positive The Cake Eaters reviews as we can.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:28 am

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Kristen Stewart's Lovely Performance As Georgia
At the heart of the film are young lovers Beagle and dying Georgia (Stewart). Fifteen-year-old Georgia appears at first to be an ordinary pretty girl, until you realize she can't walk without assistance and suffers from spasms. She speaks as if permanently drunk -- symptoms of her condition, Friedreich's Ataxia. Georgia chooses Beagle, a manchild who is crippled in his own ways, to take her virginity. Rather than a gift, however, she's is putting an awful burden on the already burdened young man, encouraging him to love her, even though the sad outcome is so clear.
Maybe this sounds terrifically maudlin; Stewart's performance is anything but. The young actress achieved A-List stardom as Bella Swan in Twilight. She deserves it. Like Masterson, Stewart has been acting since childhood. She is wonderful in a franchise film about young vampire love, but she's even better in The Cake Eaters. Look for her opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Greg Mottola's Adventureland, opening on March 27. The role of Georgia asks a lot of the young actress, and Stewart does it all: shakes as she walks, slurs every line of dialogue, and manages still to be utterly believable as a fifteen-year-old seductress. She is lovely, as is Masterson's beautifully crafted first film.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:29 am

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... the most sustained flickers of life come from Marg's granddaughter, Georgia, played by Kristen Stewart two years before her star burst with "Twilight," no doubt the impetus for the film's current limited release to the big screen. ("The Cake Eaters" was shot in 2006 and made the round of festivals starting in 2007.)

In her first film as a feature director, Mary Stuart Masterson brings a sympathetic eye to the lives of her characters. As for Stewart, it's clear her beginnings have come to an end. There's a reason she's booked for eternity.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:30 am

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...Georgia (an outstanding Kristen Stewart), who suffers from Friedreich's ataxia, a neural disease, struggles to lead as independent a life as possible. She's hampered by her mother, Violet (Talia Balsam), who is both overly protective and ultimately self-centered. She's hoping that nude photos she takes of Georgia will bring attention to the disease - and to her.

... It could be an exploitative plot line, but it's not, largely because of the strength of Stewart's performance. She is determined to experience as much of life as she can in the time that she has left. Her single-mindedness is admirable, if unorthodox.

...The strength of the movie lies in its small moments, played to perfection, particularly by Stewart and Dern.

...But it's Stewart who really shines. The role is demanding, both physically and emotionally. She excels at both aspects of the performance, giving Georgia a strength that defies any sort of pity one might feel for her, without letting us forget her vulnerability.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:30 am

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...When wandering musician Guy Kimbrough (screenwriter Jayce Bartok) learns his ailing mother has finally died, he stumbles back home to the passive aggressiveness of his awkward younger brother, Beagle (Aaron Stanford), who hasn't forgiven him for abandoning the clan. Grieving patriarch Easy (Bruce Dern) has been secretly schtupping the mildly kooky grandmother of Georgia (standout Kristen Stewart), a sexually curious high schooler who slurs and walks shakily as she suffers from the neural disease Friedreich's ataxia.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:32 am

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...Georgia (Kristen Stewart), a 15-year-old suffering from a terminal degenerative muscle condition who wants to have sex before she dies. Since her chances of getting laid are limited—she claims that people view her as a "freak"—she pins her hopes on Beagle and sets about seducing him. Perhaps because she plays about the only person in the film who seems to know exactly what she wants, Stewart carves out a far more successful characterization than the other actors, establishing due authority, then hinting at the hurt underneath.

But just as dopey Beagle seems a poorly suited partner for the pretty, intelligent Georgia, so too is Stamford's thesping overmatched by Stewart's and this discrepancy in acting chops sinks a handful of scenes that unfold with considerably more sensitivity than anything else in the film.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:32 am

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Kristen Stewart has been in feature films since 2003, but last year, still only 18, she became a big star as a vampire's girlfriend in "Twilight." Now comes her remarkable performance in "The Cake Eaters," made two years ago, to show her as a very different kind of lover in a very different kind of film.

...You might think with all of these plot lines and colorful characters, the movie turns into a carnival. Not at all. I won't say why. I'll only say it all leaves us feeling good about most of them. Masterson, like many actors, is an assured director even in her debut; working with her brother Pete as cinematographer, she creates a spell and tenderness and pushes exactly as far as this story should go.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:33 am

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Mary Stuart Masterson assembles a powerful cast for her directorial debut—including stars Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) and Aaron Stanford (“X-Men: The Last Stand”), and supporting stars Bruce Dern and Elizabeth Ashley—and none of them let her down in this tale about the sometimes fleeting nature of love in a small town.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:34 am

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Masterson draws beautifully modulated performances from her strong ensemble cast, particularly Stewart and Stanford as the unsure but indomitable young lovers. Stewart blends delicate emotions with strength of character in a subtle performance that focuses on the character’s wicked wit, without ignoring her physical infirmity. Stanford makes Beagle both inexperienced and sincere, a guy who is pleasantly surprised to discover that a girl’s expectations of him match the ones he has for himself but has kept hidden for too long.

“The Cake Eaters” balances sweetness and sadness without ever leaning too heavily on either quality. It’s unfortunate that the market seems to willfully ignore nicely etched little films such as this one – and a feat to be celebrated that this one has broken through for a theatrical run at last.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:34 am

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WHEN last seen on the big screen, in "Twilight," talented actress Kristen Stewart was playing a high school student in love with a hunky schoolmate who happened to be a vampire.

Now, in "The Cake Eaters," she's Georgia, a high schooler with a progressively deteriorating terminal disease of the nervous system, which causes slurred speech and spastic movements.

With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD. But such is the sad state of the movie business.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:35 am

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...the acting quality is at a high level throughout. The leads, Stanford (the X-Men series) and Stewart (Twilight), are the most touching in their portrayals of troubled young love. Dern and Ashley, as the older lovers, are always welcome.

Technically, The Cake Eaters is better-than-average, from Pete Masterson’s darkly lit cinematography to David Stein’s convincing production design. The director’s very spare use of music (mostly just one composition by Duncan Sheik) is also highly effective.
Even if it lacks originality and its title suggests another kind of movie, The Cake Eaters represents a neat little package.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:35 am

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... Georgia (Kristen Stewart) is a lonely teen with a terminal muscular disorder called Friedreich’s Ataxia, determined to lose her virginity to the kind, unselfish Beagle before she dies.

... It feels good to see a movie that takes its time introducing you to its characters. Ms. Masterson watches them live out the nuances of their daily routines until you feel like you’re not watching a movie, but hanging out with friends. The fine cast is immensely likable and the director’s own experience as an actor pays off. She makes the histrionics feel comfortable. Of course, it’s always fun to watch Elizabeth Ashley chew the flowers off the wallpaper, and Mary Stuart Masterson maintains the healthy balance between honey and vinegar necessary to save The Cake Eaters from turning into As the World Turns.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:36 am

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An old-fashioned minor key drama, "The Cake Eaters" is the exact type of film that is the cornerstone of modern American Independent cinema. Seasoned actress Mary Stuart Masterson makes a notable directorial debut with Jayce Bartok's story about two small-town families in upstate New York. The impossibly romantic Kristen Stewart plays Georgia Kaminski, a terminally ill 15-year-old girl whose over-protective art photographer mother insists on using Georgia as the sole model for her photographs.

... Naturalistic performances from its terrific ensemble of actors, concise camerawork and elegant storytelling coalesce to form a truly inspired independent film.

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PostSubject: Re: The Cake Eaters Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:37 am

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... Georgia (scene stealing Kristen Stewart) develops a special interest in Beagle.

...The verdict: A small movie in every way, but solidly crafted and respectably acted. The filmmakers touch on straightforward themes of love and loss, without wallowing in excessive sentimentality or stooping to tear-jerking plot twists. The well-played twin romances between Easy and Marg/Beagle and Georgia make the film something of an emotionally restrained variation on “The Notebook”...

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