"Candy-Coated Politically Correct Comedy"
CUPCAKES is an Israeli movie about an eclectic mix of neighbors who form a band and compete in a European music competition.
As six friends in a Tel Aviv apartment complex gather one evening to watch the annual UniverSong competition, they are appalled at Israel’s poor showing among the other countries. Anat, a middle-aged baker, is in sad spirits because her husband has just run out on her and her children. In an effort to cheer her up, the other five spontaneously sing her a song, which gets recorded on one of their phones.
Ofer, the only male of the group, is encouraged by his boyfriend to enter into the UniverSong competition. He puts the recorded video out there, and the UniverSong judges come across it. They beg the group to represent Israel at the next UniverSong competition in Paris. After some reluctance, the girls go along with him, and they suddenly find themselves being managed by professional band-makers who transform them into something they’re not.
With new resolve, they shed their false image, but this jeopardizes their funding to get to the competition. The wealthy parents of Ofar’s boyfriend offer to provide the necessary funds if they’ll keep their homosexual relationship a secret. Ofar agrees, but is angered by the request. The band finally gets to Paris and goes head-to-head with strong favorite, Russia, in the finals. They manage to conquer their fears, reach for their dreams, and realize that love and friendship are what matters most.
CUPCAKES is a bit of a parody on popular music competitions like American Idol and maintains a light, humorous tone throughout. The music is quite catchy, though definitely European in flavor. Perhaps the movie’s biggest flaw is that it never builds up to a satisfying level of suspense, nor does it delve much farther than the surface. Perhaps there are simply too many characters to follow in order to achieve more depth. There are some serious moments, but these are treated too succinctly to provide any real emotional connection with viewers.
CUPCAKES features a Romantic, liberal, politically correct take on Jewish culture, along with a very strong pro-homosexual message. Two of the band members are in a relationship with same-sex partners, living with them as well. Jewish traditions are made light of, but there is one moment when the group offers up a prayer before they go onstage to perform. Love and friendship are some moral elements that end up prevailing in the end. The movie also has some partial nudity and minor foul language. Depictions of homosexuals kissing happen in several scenes, and there is also an implication of two homosexual men about to sleep together as well as a married man who’s a closet homosexual. Finally, a divorced man brags about sleeping around with women. Media-wise viewers will reject CUPCAKES.
(RoRoRo, PCPCPC, B, HoHoHo, Ab, L, SS, NN, MM) Very strong Romantic, liberal, politically correct worldview where characters pursue their dreams despite family or society being against them, love, friendship and encouragement play a prominent role, there is a scene where the characters say a Jewish prayer from the scriptures, but two main characters are homosexuals and much of the story is told through their point of view, plus a satirical joke about the rest of the world not liking Israel and giving them bad scores in the competition as a result; six or seven obscenities and profanities, slang reference to a woman’s breasts, slang reference to peeing is used, man depicted as peeing, but only his back is shown; no violence; multiple scenes showing two homosexuals kissing, implied that two homosexual men are about to sleep together, unmarried couple implied sleeping together and/or living together, married man flirts with another man as a closet homosexual, divorced man says he has a lifestyle of going from woman to woman and bed to bed; the backside of a naked man in the shower is shown, a woman’s bare back is shown as she is getting dressed, man shown with shirt unbuttoned, man shown with only a towel around his waist; no alcohol; no smoking but a marijuana reference; and, a husband runs out on his family but later comes back, parents condone their son’s homosexual relationship, friends encourage a homosexual relationship.
CUPCAKES is an Israeli comedy about an eclectic mix of neighbors who form a band to compete in a European music competition. They find themselves being managed by professional band-makers who transform them into something they’re not. With new resolve, they shed their false image, but one band member must keep his homosexual relationship a secret in order to secure the necessary funding. The band finally gets to Paris and goes head-to-head with strong favorite, Russia, in the finals. They manage to conquer their fears, reach for their dreams, and realize that love and friendship are what matters most.
CUPCAKES is something of a parody on popular music competitions like AMERICAN IDOL and maintains a light, humorous tone throughout. It never builds up to a satisfying level of suspense, nor does it delve much farther than the surface. CUPCAKES also features a Romantic, politically correct take on Jewish culture, combined with a strong pro-homosexual message. Love and friendship are some moral elements that prevail in the end. CUPCAKES also contains some partial nudity and foul language. Media-wise viewers will reject this movie.