Cake (2014) - Drama

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Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: Daniel Barnz
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 28 out of 144 found boring (19.44%)

One-line Reviews (83)

Therefore, such unremarkable content took its toll and by the end of the film succeeded in engendering lacklustre feelings verging on boredom, i.

It is a slow paced but extremely engaging film with a haunting score and a very realistic cinematography.

The story is gritty and compelling.

It's tough to make a good one (movie or cake), but when you get it right, people can find it pretty enjoyable.

This minor change in a character trait would have yielded further analysis into the connection between emotional and physical pain in a really smart but engaging manner.

Worth watching this only for her performance, not for the story.

It truly took me on a journey and I highly recommend it!

It was intense, funny, sad, and uplifting.

I totally understand why she is depressed but from an entertainment point of view, it does get a bit boring after a while.

The story is simultaneously boring and frustrating.

The plot is formulaic and standard, but the first hour, though slow, is relatively good cinema.

Many of these comedic parts come at a very unpredictable moments at the movie's earlier parts, and they become more predictable as viewers begin to have a picture of how Claire's character work.

But to be fair, the movie's very engaging nonetheless.

I highly recommend it.

So, without giving away any of the plot, I have to admit the pace of this film is slower than molasses on a hot summer's day.

Good low budget film with A-list actors, definitely worth the watch.

In conclusion, Cake isn't a very commercial film, and it doesn't offer false optimism or easy solutions to the impossible disjunctives which torture Claire, and as a consequence, it occasionally feels a bit dull...

There is no plot, just the quest for keeping herself numb via drugs and keeping her distance from any meaningful relationships.

I was also impressed by Adriana Barraza, who gives a stunning tirade in Spanish after Jennifer Aniston's ordeal on the train tracks.

"Cake" is an utterly heartbreaking yet breathtaking look at the pain of loss, both physical and emotional, and the seemingly impossible task of finding the strength to go on.

It was the most tedious 102 minutes of my life.

For this reviewer the first response after watching this mesmerizingly fascinating film was 'how could Jennifer Aniston not have been nominated at least and won at best the Oscar for best performance by an actress for her impossibly difficult role in this film?

The trailer hyped it up too much, setting the expectation of a very intense drama.

I thought the movie was entertaining enough to watch once.

despite not being very memorable due to its trite subjects and simplistic manufacture.

A main character constantly grunting and wheezing in pain could easily have quickly become tedious, but JA's performance is so compelling and realistic that these details didn't annoy me at all.

Finally she meets Roy (Sam Worthington), which is the start of a slow recovery.

I found the plot rather disjointed, and because of that I became disinterested in the story, the people, and their interactions.

The story itself was dull and again...

By the end of Cake's 1hr and 43 minutes, I was begging from relief from the tedious pain.

Maybe if she bore some of the blame for the accident it would have added umami - life is like that.

Until the actual cakes are mentioned or seen, the title is an emblem of her self-indulgent pain.

Although this was a novel role for Ms Aniston and to her credit, she did manage to capture some degree of authenticity, many of the scenes were just too repetitive and did not contain enough emotional depth to draw the viewer in.

My perspective is that she does a fine job in a role that is stunning in its variance from her typical fluffy rom-com roles.

Her character isn't developed too much, but we know she has a family of her own, and she dedicates a lot of her time to a women who she obviously cares so much for, even though Aniston can be rather snappy with her over trivial things.

Cake gets dramatic but without becoming heavy-handed, so I'd say it's most definitely worth the watch.

Long and boring .

A decent movie with a decent story and even though the story was predictable still they made it so beautiful and enjoyable to watch.

If you are bored a Saturday night and can't find anything else to watch, id still recommend you check it out!

She understands Claire's loss and confusion enough to retrieve the boxes of toys Claire gives the handyman.

She's barely a character here, but few others could still make such an empty soul so interesting, if on a surface level.

It is a slow starter.

She is simply stunning in a well-written movie with interesting plot that keeps you stuck to the screen and you can not believe that she is she.

You can see the pain in that tired look and those languid eyes.

I found myself waiting for this movie to become a gripping movie and it almost got there.

Jennifer Aniston is, for the most part, fantastic in Cake - unflattering, grouchy and depressed and delivers the film's formulaic story with passion.

There are plenty of average movies of which the actors' brilliant performances have won many awards, but This was quite predictable of the Academy which robbed Sean Penn of his Oscar in 1995 for "Dead Man Walking".

Tobin completely bisects this compelling potential subplot by creating a character who has a discernible cause to her pain – scars and pins from a life-saving emergency surgery.

-The film is slow, so that's a downside.

On the whole this was not a masterpiece, but to me it was one of Aniston's best and a movie worth watching.

In fact I enjoyed it.

Confusing .

In terms of pace and movement, this film was slow.

" Stringing together simultaneously random and clichéd scenes and character dynamics meant to be "edgy" - a bore through and through - and slapping the "chronic pain" label on this vapid concoction to make it more "marketable" to the cinema snob crowd is...

And then there's also the unbearable pain caused by the loss of her son.

Even if you don't like this film's subject matter, it is worth watching simply to see the far reaching capability of Jennifer Aniston's acting range with her character Claire.

Strangely empty .

Waste of time .

Surprisingly brilliant - gripping and moving.

I guess the dream character personified the compulsion to commit suicide in response to seemingly unbearable pain in life.

Its worth a watch if your into your deep dramas about dealing with the lose of a loved one but the pace is quite slow and nothing major happens throughout the movie.

I was ready to declare Cake as another self-indulgent chapter in the saga of "pretty people's problems", which has become quite common in independent cinema.

I really enjoyed it.

Something else was lost in that accident that the movie is slow to reveal, and one of the pleasures of Cake is that the particulars of Claire's situation are doled out slowly so we have time to get to know her before we get a complete picture of her circumstances.

Overall Cake was just a bland and quite dull with nothing really interesting to show us.

But i think it does a great job illustrating a downward spiral real intense ongoing pain can be, and how that changes a person.

The slower pace serves to draw our interest more deeply into the characters' circumstances.

Review: Although this movie is quite an emotional drama, I did get bored after a while and it doesn't really seem to go anywhere.

Not only did she show herself to be capable of a deep, compelling and very real performance, the movie itself was thought provoking and moving.

I feel however, that this movie was let down by the slow moving script, the lack of story telling, and bizarre parts of the movie that I didn't feel were completely necessary...

However, for anybody who might be interested, Cake is worth watching on Netflix!

2 empty bottles of pills out of 5

While people argue that it's pointless, even though I'm not a fan, I can see what question its driving at.

Tedious .


Instead, you will likely leave the theater still thinking about these characters.

It makes the movie incredibly realistic, because life can feel a little slow a times, especially if you have a mental health condition like depression or PTSD.

This was a deeply irresponsible product of a writer who wanted to pimp the "chronic pain" label and slap it on this trite melodrama in a pathetically transparent bid at an Oscar nod or some other form of praise from an equally uninformed source of "cinema prestige.

Tedious and one dimensional.

A dreary wallowing in depression film that could have been OK if they had kept it more about her relationship with her maid and not bothered with the outside relationship (which I won't mention so as not to spoil anything).

It's not the most unique premise, but screenwriter Patrick Tobin takes the story in unexpected directions, avoiding clichés and handling the subject matter with surprising grace.

An excellent film with an intriguing plot, delivered with a refreshingly down-to-earth storytelling.

Many reviews and critics are calling this movie grim or depressing, but for those of us who suffer with chronic pain, wow, it is refreshing to see a movie that rings true to the intense struggle that occurs when chronic pain sets in.