FEAST OF LOVE
Too Somber, Explicit and Confused
Release Date: September 14, 2007
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Morgan Freeman,
Radha Mitchell, Jane
Alexander, Alexa Davalos, Toby
Hemingway, Selma Blair, and
Runtime: 102 minutes
Director: Robert Benton
Executive Producer: David Scott Rubin, Eric Reid,
Harley Tannebaum, Lori
McCreary, Fisher Stevens, and
Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi
and Richard S. Wright
Writer: Allison Burnett
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Greg Kinnear plays Bradley, a die-hard romantic who owns a local coffee shop in Portland, Oregon. He is friends with Harry, a local professor and writer played by Morgan Freeman. Harry notices one day that Bradley’s wife Kathryn (Selma Blair) is enamored with an athletic lesbian who clearly wants to break up their marriage. Kathryn leaves Bradley, who eventually becomes attracted to Diana (Radha Mitchell), an edgy real estate agent having an affair with one of her married clients (Billy Burke). Harry tries to help Bradley navigate his way through this maze of relationship confusion.
While Bradley has his troubles with romantic love, the movie shows Harry’s wife Esther (Jane Alexander) trying to help Harry cope with the untimely death of their son. Meanwhile, Bradley’s young employee, Oscar (Toby Hemingway), begins an affair with pretty Chloe (Alexa Davalos). Chloe embraces marriage with Oscar, even though he is a recovering drug addict and even though a psychic strongly suggests that death is stalking her future husband.
The mixture of all these relationships comes to a head when coincidence and destiny intervene.
There’s not much life in this melancholy movie. The tone, acting and music are more gloomy and pensive than happy and actively engaging. FEAST OF LOVE also contains explicit sex and nudity.
Some of the movie’s sentiments are trite, especially one message suggesting that the best we can do in the face of loss or tragedy is just to begin again. At one point Harry doubts the benevolence of God, but Bradley defends God. Other than that, there is no religious content in FEAST OF LOVE, unless you count the movie’s support for occult practices like astrology, palm reading, fortune telling, and Tarot cards. The movie does, however, contain some positive compassionate moments. It also lifts up the ideas of having children, family and finding the right person to marry. Thus, the movie’s worldview is somewhat mixed, but mostly favors a pagan philosophy with occult mysticism about life and love, and a vague concept of God without reference to biblical revelation.
As MOVIEGUIDE® and other scholars have written about often, the evidence in nature (including human nature) and in world history shows that a personal God exists. And, since we are personal beings made in God’s image, then it seems logical that God is able to communicate to us and through us. That’s exactly what the Bible tells us, so there really is no need to look beyond the Bible for the truth about God and His message to human beings. Therefore, if you really want to know the truth about life, love, God, and Jesus Christ, it’s best to look there first and foremost rather than consult occult psychics, kindly professors, coffee shop owners, or the stars.
The title FEAST OF LOVE sounds like it would be a jaunty comedy about different kinds of love, but it’s mostly a somber journey about all the bad things that can come when flawed people love. The tone and the music are more gloomy than happy. FEAST OF LOVE also contains explicit sex and nudity. Finally, the worldview is mixed, with elements of paganism, Romanticism, occultism, compassion, and one positive reference to God.