The Cake Eaters **
Directed by Mary Stuart Masterson
Written by Jayce Bartok
This Film Is Not Yet Rated-Probably a PG-13 for some light sex, and language.
"The Cake Eaters" repersents the directorial debut for Mary Stuwart Masterson, and she certainly doesn't go for any extroadinary lengths to try and make a name for herself. "The Cake Eaters" is a rather uninspired family drama that centers around three men in the Kimbrough clan. There is the patriarch Easy, played lovingly by Bruce Dern, who lives with his son Beagle, who works in the lunchroom in the local school. The two lead a peaceful life recovering over the death of their wife and mother. They get by selling her things in a field with other vendors, including Marg, who turns out to be having an affair with Easy, and her granddaughter Georgia, a young teenager with a muscle disease that makes her want to do a few things before she dies-and one of them involves Beagle. Also entering the picture is Guy Kimbrough, played by writer Jayce Bartok.
There is no real pressing reason for this story to be told, and none of the characters really standout. With the exception of the scenes with Kristen Stewart's Georgia, almost everything throughout the film fell flat. And the character of Guy Kimbrough was the most extra considering Bartok gets second billing. I suppose he wrote himself in for the sole purpose of writing himself into the movie, even though his silent presence makes his scenes boring, and the lack of any development with the character makes him utterly useless. I simply did not get much enjoyment out of "The Cake Eaters," found it somewhat dull and a little bland. The script does not really care about bringing out dimensions in any of the characters, and Masterson's directing is standard and extremely basic. Mary Stuwart Masterson was present at the screening for a Q and A after the film, which I sadly had to miss because I had to take quite a trip to the next screening. Perhaps she would have shed some light and made me reconsider my position on the film.