Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? 1983 R

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Zee (KAREN BLACK) is walking up & down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her.

Starring:
Michael Emil, Karen Black
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

Can She Bake A Cherry Pie?

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Henry Jaglom
Starring Michael Emil, Karen Black
Supporting actors Michael Margotta, Martin Harvey Friedberg, Frances Fisher, Anna Raviv, Robert Hallak, Daniel W. Fitzgerald, George Bacon, Joe Price, William Gross, Paul Williams, Robert Schwimmer, Madeline Silver, Ariela Nicole, Nicolo Ritolo, Sandra Timpani, Danielle Bates, Eva Vita, Larry David
Studio Rainbow Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shelley on September 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of writer/director Henry Jaglom's earlier efforts, indicative of his cinema verite style of film-making. Unfortunately it has poor sound quality, and is ponderous. Michael Emil and Karen Black play people that fall into a relationship, which seems to work inspite of them being emotional opposites. He's mind and she's spirit. Jaglom credits himself as the writer but the dialogue seems improvised, with Jaglom salvaging the "best" in the editing room, "best" being subject to one's patience. Emil improvises longer than Black, amd Jaglom throws the focus on his character when we see home movies of (presumably) his relatives, though this is unclear. He sometimes resembles a beagle, as an everyman with combed-over hair, and his hanging upside down a la Richard Gere in American Gigolo gets a laugh, as does the pulse meter he attaches to his ear during sex. Black has always been a highly idiosyncratic actress, probably best served by Robert Altman in titles like Nashville, and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean. Here she wears a funny haircut and plays a little-girl voiced ditz. Her best scene is where she has a paranoid rift of fury at a pigeon, though we do get to see her sing 3 numbers at a club. Jaglom includes TV footage of Orson Welles as a magician, and has music overlapping scenes. The use of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade nearly ruins the climax of the film where Emil and Black confront infidelities. Of note is Michael Margotta as the owner of the homing pigeon. The metaphor of the pigeon falls a bit flat, but it's amusing to see how Margotta's womanising comes around to the central couple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DB on May 12, 2006
Format: DVD
One critic commented (I paraphrase) about another Henry Jaglom film that "most films try to lift your spirits by cheering you up. This film tries to lift your spirits by telling the truth." This applies perfectly to "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" As romantic comedy, it's everything "Notting Hill" is not, and (aside from being clever and funny) nothing that it is. The characters are ordinary in their life circumstances--utterly un-glamourous. Their sole distinction is in their neuroses--Eli is an obsessive rationalizer and Zee is not a little paranoid. They also happen to be very dear and decent people, which is why it is absolutely delightful to see each one weighing in and trying to correct the other's excesses. Eli tries, with little success, to get Zee to stop smoking and to chill out about being "followed"; Zee tries to get Eli to look and listen to the world about him. Their differences, of course, amount to the stereotypical male/female rational/emotional split, which director Jaglom plays off wonderfully throughout the film. The theme music ("Can She Bake a Cherry Pie" played by a rootsy New York street band) occurs to highlight the Mars/Venus conflict, and the "Scheherezade" theme also recurs with hilarious effect. The plot resolution is an absolute triumph of high cuckooheadedness. If you like humane, intelligent, outside-the-box comedy, don't miss this. (And don't be put off by the packaging--that too is part of the game.)
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I choose this movie to make a "sentimental journey". And it worked very well for one evening with my friend.
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Improv. Ninety minutes of lame, pretentious improv, with a leading man who comes off like Jackie Mason with Asperger's, and won't stop talking about his sex life. None of the characters were likeable, none of the situations were interesting. The only reason I watched it was because it was a work assignment. I suspect that all the critics who liked it back in the '80s were high on coke.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Baranyai on May 20, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This would have to be one of the worst movie I have ever seen and believe me I have sat through some real turkeys in my lifetime. I saw it back in 1986 and as I remember it concerned Karen Black having meaningless conversations with a group of guys who could all benefit from some Derious Heavy Duty Medication and Therapy. Halfway through the movieI turned the sound off because I like watching Karen Black onscreen . After watching this movie I felt I deserved a meal of steak, eggs, french fries and a salad as a reward for sitting throiugh this piece of junk. And you won't care if Karen can bake a cherry pie after seeing this movie.
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