Better Than Chocolate (1999) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hohum Score

9

Engaging

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced ...

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Anne Wheeler
Stars: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 99 found boring (13.13%)

One-line Reviews (34)

They were very formulaic, predictable, and usually not entertaining.

Generally lesbians are considered to be more boring than gay men.

I caught this movie on one of the many channels I had back when I had digital cable, and I have to admit, it was rather enjoyable...

What is fascinating is that "coming out" as an artist, in the film, is nearly equated with coming out as a lesbian.

The love making scenes are intense and erotic.

Having good actors and actresses really make the whole movie more enjoyable.

The movie gets bogged down in politics toward the end, but for the most part it's quite entertaining.

Unfortunately the ending came off as being cliche'd and tacked on.

I think of myself as very open-minded and was looking forward to an interesting piece on freedom of expression, parent-child relationships, coming out, coming of age, etc. Some hot action as in Bound would have been nice, too.

The director, Anne Wheeler, is one of the most consistently interesting film makers at work in Canada, and she's in top form here; much of the credit must also go to the production team of Sharon McGowan & Peggy Thompson, who also made the very entertaining "Lotus Eaters" several years back.

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE is just like a ballad by Leonard Cohen: it starts of slow, seems to be going nowhere, then inexplicably arrives at a place of romantic power and beauty.

Add to this the fact that neither character has any distinguishable personality traits, and you wind up with a serious lack of plot.

Entertaining and Amusing .

As a heterosexual, I think it's an entertaining and a very amusing movie.

i highly recommend it as a lesbian date flick.

That Canadian lesbians are boring.

As with "Bar Girls," this movie at times has better intentions than great movie material, but as with that movie (more so actually) the cast is game, and we applaud them for a pretty enjoyable effort all the same.

Chocolate presents confusing and mixed messages about women's, more specifically queer women's sexuality and politics (IE The movie over-sexualized lesbians in a pornographic way as to entice straight male viewers while trying to instill pro-queer values in the same viewers).

Francis was awesome and the ending was totally unexpected (well, most parts!

The relationship between Kim and Maggie was quite intense, and their scenes of passion were brilliant and realistically acted.

The story is incoherent, forced moralistic and very predictable with lots of stereotypes.

Lesbian love conquers all, even when dewily formulaic as it is here, where all character arcs end in a firestorm aftermath's embrace.

At least I'm hoping it's a cliche.

All the same, the movie is enjoyable because of the very things some find problematic -- joyfully promoting all things in a cheerful way.

This movie just bounced between embarrisingly lame & cliche to simply boring.

It is very relaxing, entertaining, and funny, too.

This was an enjoyable and, for me at least, eye opening movie.

And formulaic, predictable and still not entertaining.

most of the characters don't develop (with the exception of judy the transgender and lila the mother), and most of the dialogue is uninteresting.

Every concept in this film is tightly wrapped in an emotionally pleasing package of love and its unexpected nature.

a dirty movie that's worth watching .

There were definitely too much cliché and stereotypes for my likes.

Besides that flaw, the movie progressed you through a story about love, infatuation, and with a great comedic presence that you could definitely leave the theater with a smile.

The film is very boring in fact.