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I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

3.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin is James, a frustrated underappreciated Chicago actor who lives with his mother. James wants three things in life: someone to love him, a great part and to lose some weight. Unfortunately, he is 0 for 3. When he bails on Overeaters Anonymous for a trip to the ice cream parlor, he meets Beth who quickly wins his heart, but will this cause James more problems than it solves? Or has he finally found someone to eat cheese with? A brilliant ensemble cast makes this story of romance quite the comedy!

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A romantic comedy with a meandering, almost conversational feel, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With is a movie about overweight actor James Aaron (Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin) who lives with his mother (Mina Kolb) and hasn't had a relationship with a woman in five years. Incredibly picky about the roles he plays, James hasn't landed many acting jobs recently either, although he is the host of a junk television show. Finding solace in conversations with his friend Luca (David Pasquesi) and through eating junk food, this societal misfit walks out of an Overeaters Anonymous meeting in search of satisfaction and meaning only to enter a random ice cream parlor where he encounters Beth (Sara Silverman), an oversexed woman who takes an immediate liking to him. Thoroughly smitten, James' initial ebullience soon fizzles out and his strange relationship with Beth throws a whole different light on a chance encounter with a jazz-fan and teacher (Bonnie Hunt) in a local record store. In the end, James achieves a certain degree of independence, but the viewer is left in doubt about his relative sense of happiness and fulfillment. --Tami Horiuchi

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  • Actors: Hunt, Garlin, Silverman
  • Directors: Jeff Garlin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B00125WASW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With" on IMDb

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By Ed Uyeshima HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 6, 2008
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Any movie that offers Bonnie Hunt, Sarah Silverman and Amy Sedaris in the supporting cast has to be well worth watching, and comic actor Jeff Garlin takes advantage of the terrific talent he recruited for his 2007 directorial debut, a sad-sack comedy about an overweight man who feels out of step with the world around him. Familiar as Larry David's manager Jeff on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Garlin plays James, a still-struggling, 39-year old Chicago actor who lives with his widowed mother. His self-esteem is so low that he can't meet women, but he's a likable guy and it's the comical way he views his single status that makes his dilemma involving. If the storyline sounds a bit familiar, that's because the film is partially a tribute to the 1955 Ernest Borgnine classic, Marty, about a lonely Bronx butcher living with his meddlesome mother. In fact, Garlin uses Marty as the play which James is desperate to do since he is so empathetic to the character's situation.

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.
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This independent, fairly low-budget and small-scale movie was clearly intended as a relationship comedy. Sarah Silverman is at times screamingly funny, and Jeff Garlin who wrote, directed and starred in this piece, has a natural gift for comedy too, so I had hopes it would be both romantic and amusing. I was a little disappointed on both counts; the movie is funny and serious in equal parts. There were no belly-laughs here, although there are some amusing lines and dialog. Lastly I was somewhat disconcerted by the ending, which came so abruptly it made me wonder if he had suddenly ran out of budget or time. I assume there was a more artistic concept: that life is an ongoing story and any "end" is in some sense artificial. C'mon: if you want to entertain, package it up with a nicely designed ribbon at the end, please? Go ahead, sell out! Pander to your audience!!
I suppose I should mention that although no rating is provided, you can rest assured that there is no real nudity (nothing more than you would see on a beach in the summer time) and the language is also kept tame. To me, this would qualify for a PG-13 rating if it were given one.
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Many people will be upset by this movie. Unlike most movies, it doesn't centralize around a single theme. It is a little like Napoleon Dynamite in that way. It is kind of a day-in-the-life kind of thing. It focuses on Jeff Garlin's career, his relationship with his mother, his friends, his love life, and his bad eating habits all equally. I was expecting it to focus all on his love life, so it's a breath of fresh air to see some variety. It is very dry, but I love dry movies and comedies. It plays a lot like a Christopher Guest movie.

For me Sarah Silverman made the movie. She dropped her potty mouth humor for this role and played a crazy, seductive ice cream lady. They have a confusing relationship, and what happens between them is hard to predict until the scene near in the end when he takes a taxi to her apartment. Without spoiling the plot, I will just say that the movie is realistic. No happily ever afters here (although it does end in a happy way). The movie doesn't exactly have an ending. There is no closure to life when you're 40, so there isn't one in the movie. It works well, but it could be better, because it leaves unanswered questions.
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Or like the French (and some ugly Americans like me) say, "Qui couper le frommage?"

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.
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