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SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE

"Beautiful Tale of Selfless Love Marred by Immoral Behavior"

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SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE stars Yara Shahidi as Jane, a law student who’s awkward and has her heart set on being a cake designer. Her best friend, Corinne, played by Odessa A’zion in an Oscar-worthy performance, is a junior agent in a music talent agency. Jane is shy, so Corinne orders her to take her specialty cakes to bars with their gang of women friends to attract guys. The gambit works, and Jane gains confidence. Just when things seem to be perfect, however, Corinne develops brain cancer, and Jane drops everything to care for her. As Jane bonds with Corinne’s concerned parents, a warmly humane and loving story unfolds.

Based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Shulman, SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE is a beautifully touching portrait of friendship and self-sacrifice. The core story is a strong example of Christian love (though the characters aren’t Christian). Regrettably, SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE has excessive foul language. In addition, the characters eat a cake with marijuana gummies baked into it and have a casual attitude toward sex. So, MOVIEGUIDE® still advises extreme caution.

Content:

(Pa, C, B, Ho, LLL, SS, A, DD, M)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Mixed pagan worldview with immoral content and positive content such as it’s implied characters are having premarital sex, and sex is talked about several other times in jokes, but the heart of the movie is a profoundly touching example of selfless love as one friend is the caretaker for a dying friend (the beautiful main tale of love and self-sacrifice would be Christian in nature, but the characters are not Christians), plus there are brief images in one scene of “drag queens” (men dressed as women) dancing in scanty attire

Foul Language:
At least nine obscenities (including one “f” word), three Jesus profanities, one GD profanity, and 26 light profanities

Violence:
No violence

Sex:
Several lines of dialogue discussing “making out”, and sex in casual but not graphic terms, a woman seduces a man, passionate kissing is shown but the scene cuts away as they head to a bed fully clothed, a different man in a robe is seen early in the morning after it’s implied he spent the night with a different woman, woman tells a man she’s no longer interested in a relationship shortly after she seduces him, a man sends a woman an unseen photo of his genitals, and this incident is joked about a few times in the movie, and men are seen dressed as women in one brief scene

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in several scenes, and three dancing drag queens are shown in one bar for about ten seconds dancing in only G-strings, fishnet stockings and bras Alcohol: Lots of barhopping as several young women use fresh cakes as a way to meet men in bars, and several scenes of drinking alcohol in bars casually

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
A mother gives her cancer-stricken daughter marijuana gummies as a form of medicine and later another woman bakes the gummies into a cake that gets the friends and others high; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Some lying.

More Detail:

Based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Shulman, SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE streaming on Amazon Prime has a beautifully touching portrait of friendship and self-sacrifice that depicts two life-long female best friends, one of whom teaches the other self-confidence and to follow her dream while her friend cares for her because she’s dying of cancer. The main story in SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKES is a great example of Christian love (though the characters aren’t Christian), but the movie’s positive content is marred by gratuitous foul language, a libertine attitude toward romance and a scene of marijuana use.

The movie stars Yara Shahidi as Jane, a young law student who’s socially awkward and really has her heart set on being a cake designer. Her best friend, Corinne, played by Odessa A’zion in an Oscar-worthy performance, is a junior agent in a music industry talent agency. Jane is shy and awkward, so Corinne orders her to take her specialty cakes out to bars with their gang of women to attract guys.

The gambit works, and Jane gains confidence quickly. Jane vows to make 50 different cakes in a summer and be out all 50 nights with them. She and Corinne keep a chart marking her social progress, from working up the nerve to talk with guys, up through a triumphant notation of “making out” (just kissing) in a bar.

It’s admittedly fun to watch Jane find her swagger, and Corinne also finds success with a promotion at her talent agency. However, just when things seem to be perfect, Corinne develops brain cancer, and Jane drops everything to care for her. As she bonds with Corinne’s concerned parents, a warmly humane and loving story unfolds.

The core story in SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKES is a great example of Christian love (though the characters aren’t Christian). However, the movie has excessive foul language (including one “f” word, four strong profanities and multiple light profanities). Also, there’s a scene where people eat a cake infused with medicinal marijuana gummies. Finally, the characters have a casual attitude toward fornication. The sexual relationships are largely unseen, mostly referenced in dialogue, but one bedroom scene cuts away while a man and woman are still clothed.

SITTING IN BARS WITH CAKE still makes for some entertaining, heartwarming viewing, with an example of two future female stars in the making. However, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.

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