I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
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Naturally there is a love story of sorts in this new millennium version, and Silverman plays Beth, an off-kilter, sexually voracious ice cream parlor server who takes him on an underwear shopping spree. Their best scene together is in his favorite convenience store where they improvise different characters in different aisles. Hunt plays a lonely elementary school teacher who shares a passion with James for jazz saxophonist Ben Webster.Read more ›
OK, now that I've gotten that off my chest, I'll admit I enjoyed "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With."
"Cheese" communicates in a very innocent, direct and quirky method, that is entirely endearing. Its difficult not to develop some affection for Jeff Garlin. This movie is essentially a "stream of experience" about Jeff's life as an nice, aimless, affable, funny, fat jewish guy.
Sarah Silverman delivers a performance that could (or will) be right out of "The Sarah Silverman Program." Bonnie Hunt is wonderful as the school teacher, and Dan Castellaneta is great as the store owner.
I'm going to watch it again to make sure I don't miss any of the great humor, like when the homeless guy refuses to wear the pirate costume saying, "I'm a homeless guy. All I have left is my dignity."
This would have been five stars, but as the movie begins to build toward what I thought might be the most important scenes, it suddenly ends. Perhaps demonstrating my interest in the film, I felt ripped-off, like someone had just deleted a huge chunk somewhere in the second half of the DVD. The last scene, which was supposed to be very meaningful, was probably set up by the missing material, so it just seemed to appear out of nowhere.
Its as if the producer of the movie, like Jeff Garlin's character, full of talented self-doubt, got off to a great start but suddenly loses his nerve just before closing the deal with the audience.
Still, you can't discount the good intentions and honesty of this little film. Basically, Jeff is someone I'd like to meet, I think he'd be a lot of fun.
Oh well. I'd be inclined to try a Jeff Garlin production again, hoping for some of the same quirky honesty.
Although not well directed, the movie does have that Larry David/CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM style of quirky observational humor... and the film has a charm... All in all, a nice film to watch one time, though not sure I'd want to see it over and over - - My guess is that had Garlin stuck to writing and acting and the script and cast were virtually the same, but a Christopher Guest or Woody Allenesque director were pulled in, it really would have worked...
As for the story, its about an aspiring actor/compulsive overeater who at age 39 still live with his mother...
His life is falling apart, until he meets Beth (Silverman's character)... a cheerfully yet somewhat mentally ill/sexually uninhibited chubby chaser who work's at her sister's ice cream parlor. The film unfolds at its own pace, but is held together by Garlin, Silverman and company... (Most interestingly, Garlin pretty much plays a character similar to the one in CURB, and Silverman is definitely herself, so fans of both will enjoy, though sometimes its a bit awkward.)
In conclusion... quite a few laugh out loud scenes, but don't expect to be blown away...
Includes a cameo by Amy Sedaris as well as many other recognizable faces.
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I first found this movie while on vacation, stuck indoors on a rainy day. I wasn't able to finish watching it, so, I bough it on DVD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elijah
This independent, fairly low-budget and small-scale movie was clearly intended as a relationship comedy. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karl Weaver
I bought this because I watched part of it on television but was never able to watch the whole thing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Super Clerk Jr.
DVD was excellent. I am a big fan of Sarah Silverman. I like her approach to acting
She is very honest and attractive.
If your a Jeff Garlin fan you'll enjoy this. And don't miss his podcast. And be sure to catch Steve Dahl in this, it's an Oscar performance.Published on September 21, 2013 by B. Fingerhut