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Henry Jaglom's Eating - A Very Serious Comedy About Women and Food (1990)

Frances Bergen , Nelly Alard , Henry Jaglom  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Frances Bergen, Nelly Alard, Lisa Blake Richards, Mary Crosby, Gwen Welles
  • Directors: Henry Jaglom
  • Writers: Henry Jaglom
  • Producers: Judith Wolinsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0003JANX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Henry Jaglom's Eating - A Very Serious Comedy About Women and Food" on IMDb

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  • Jaglom biography

Editorial Reviews

Long before Sex and the City, Henry Jaglom (Déjà Vu) directed this chatty exposé on women and body image. Sure, there's some talk about men and relationships, but the film's upper-class California females spend most of their time discussing weight and dieting (with stops along the way for plastic surgery, bulimia, and abortion). The occasion is a multiple-birthday party for Kate (Mary Crosby), who is turning 30, Helene (Lisa Richards), who is turning 40, and Sadie (Marlena Giovi), who is turning 50. Subtitled A Very Serious Comedy about Women and Food, Eating plays like a low-budget cross between The Decline of the American Empire and The Anniversary Party. As with the rest of Jaglom's oeuvre, the tone is as self-conscious as Woody Allen, the approach as loose as John Cassavetes. If it doesn't quite hit those heights, Eating provides--if you'll pardon the pun--plenty of food for thought. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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From Henry Jaglom (Going Shopping, Last Summer in the Hamptons), recognized by the Los Angeles Times as "the definitive independent, one of America’s most important filmmakers," comes a sophisticated modern comedy about women, love, neuroses and the food that binds them all… Henry Jaglom’s EATING! At a fashionable party in Southern California, a parade of women hilariously mingle and muse on their body image hang-ups, eating disorders, and the love-hate relationship between femmes and food.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't offer these women a cherry pie! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars: What Women Think About Food 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Women and Eating August 24, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars definitely a chick flick January 26, 2013
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although it is an older movie, it is always relevant...women and their relationship with food. good dialogue even though it does ramble on and on a bit. good movie overall.
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