The Cake Eaters
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Actress Mary Stuart Masterson makes her feature directorial debut with this drama detailing the manner in which three generations of men deal with the death of the family matriarch. Evicted from his New York City apartment, starving musician Guy Kimbrough (Jayce Bartok) makes his way back upstate for the first time in three years. Upon returning to his hometown, Guy does his best to deal with the recent death of his mother while desperately attempting to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Stephanie (Miriam Shor) -- who has since moved on and found happiness with another man. Meanwhile, as Guy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen The Jerry Springer Show), and often endearing."
‑ Michael Esposito, Chicago Tribune
"I think there is a future in directing for Mary Stewart Masterson."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"[W]hat seems at first like a lean, spare psychic space in which much is left unspoken swells to burn white-hot."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The story is so wispy that it feels only half-written; basically, nothing much happens here. Not a total washout, but it seems more like a TV movie."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Kristen Stewart is lovely, as is Masterson's beautifully crafted first film."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"There are only so many story threads an ensemble cast can hold."
‑ Erin Meister, Boston Globe
"These are people whose company you enjoy, in good times and bad. Taking place over a short period of time, it's a small slice of life, yes. But as the title implies, it's a tasty one as well."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"formulaic tripe, catharsis-by-the-numbers."
‑ Jason McKiernan,
"As directing debuts from actors and actresses go, Masterson's falls somewhere on the upper-end of the middle, a better-than-respectable effort given the difficulty of the material and the constraints of the budget."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"A small movie in every way, but solidly crafted and respectably acted."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Stand out performances, interesting character dynamic but overall, kind of a flat film that really doesn't have you too emotionally invested."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD. But such is the sad state of the movie business."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The Cake Eaters mistakes characters and story quirks for character and story development."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Pleasant, low-key drama about two small-town families with secrets. Though familiar in many respects, Mary Stuart Masterson's feature directorial debut has a quiet charm."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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