Eating 1990 R CC

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On the occasion of her 40th birthday, Helene (Lisa Richards) has decided to throw herself a birthday party at her home and to invite several of her closest friends.

Starring:
Nelly Alard, Lisa Blake Richards
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Eating

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Henry Jaglom
Starring Nelly Alard, Lisa Blake Richards
Supporting actors Frances Bergen, Mary Crosby, Gwen Welles, Elizabeth Kemp, Marina Gregory, Daphna Kastner, Marlena Giovi, Beth Grant, Taryn Power, Catherine Genender, Hildy Brooks, Jackie O'Brien, Sherry Boucher, Savannah Smith Boucher, Aloma Ichinose, Toni Basil, Jeanette Balsis, Ann Bell
Studio Rainbow Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Shelley on October 26, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
One has to wonder about Henry Jaglom's mother, when he dedicates a film about women suffering from eating disorders to her. This is one of Jaglom's more successful efforts since there is some dramatic conflict amongst the cinema verite talkfest that is his trademark. One might even mistake this film as a documentary with all the to-the-camera discourse. Otherwise his camera is thankfully still, aided by the excuse of a Frenchwoman making a documentary at an exclusively female (and enormously populated) birthday party. Maybe it's a very "L.A." thing but it's shocking how so many beautiful women have food issues, and the association they make with food and sex, and food and love, makes for a compelling (for Jaglom) social study. He begins uncertainly, as the women gather. Jaglom gets a little carried away with cross-cutting, and there is a definite lesbian subtext which turns out to be misleading. But as the film develops our initial judgment of the women presented, as shallow and stupid gives way to depths of feeling and marvel at the openness and emotional accessibility of the female species. As the eldest of the group and the mother of Helene (Lisa Richards), who resides in the house where the celebrations occur, Frances Bergen represents the voice of reason and the sounding board for the confessions. Jaglom cleverly maintains our empathy for her, aided by Bergen's wonderful naturalness, even when her reaction to news of an infidelity defines the survival strategies of women of her generation. In spite of the heaviness of the subject, there is much humour to be found, partly from the women's own insight into their behaviour, and also from the idea of having Helene seek out the mistress under the guise of mingling. Richards' performance improves considerably after she stops pecking.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Renee Thorpe on March 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This low budget, thoroughly entertaining look at a group of women gathering for a luncheon party is a rare critique of how women have come to be obsessed with food. Quasi-documentary in form, actresses in this film seems to teeter between acting and reality. Certainly many lines are blurred, and the result is fascinating.
While something of a "chick flick", men will come away from this film with plenty to think about. Whole film is a real conversation-starter, highly amusing and never gets too heavy. Excellent and very unique in subject matter. Amazing how seldom we see people eating and enjoying their food in movies, yet it is such an important part of our lives. Hollywood sense of beauty is blasted between the lines.
Only aspect I objected to was the lack of polish in the production itself. It could have been visually smoother in parts. But Jaglom films always look like this, I suppose. Still a winner.
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By pristine on February 22, 2008
Format: DVD
Certainly not the standard Hollywood movie. In "Eating", a wide range of attitudes towards food are expressed, from normal to neurotic. Altogether, it is beautiful. Probably partially improvised, done very well. The fictionalized documentary style makes it more natural and intimate. If you like this, see also "Last summer at the Hamptons", "Babyfever", and "Going Shopping".
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By Gerald Duchovnay on August 24, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Interesting take on 36 women and their views of food and its impact on their lives. Some will love this docu-drama and some will hate it. That's the way with Jaglom films.
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