"An Abhorrent Mess"
What You Need To Know:
The ending of THE CAKE EATERS excuses the adultery between Easy and Marg, as well as the affair between Georgia and Beagle. Guy and Stephanie also have an adulterous rendezvous in one scene. The director’s statement for the movie talks a lot about love, but the movie’s pagan definition of that word has nothing to do with the idea of love in God’s Word, much less with God’s idea about the love between a husband and his wife. THE CAKE EATERS is an abhorrent mess, despite its nuanced performances and lush photography.
(PaPaPa, H, LL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Very strong immoral pagan worldview with some implied humanism that makes excuses for adultery and a 20-year-old man sleeping with a 17-year-old girl with a muscular illness and includes some apparent New Age healing methods by sick girl’s mother; 17 obscenities (including some “f” words), three strong profanities and four light profanities; slaughtered cow hangs upside down ready for butchering; light depicted fornication under covers between 20-year-old man and 17-year-old teenager, confession of past adultery and implied fornication between couple that had an adulterous affair while man’s wife was still alive for the last 20 years of her life; upper male nudity, teenage girl in underwear and naked back of teenager girl shown while artistic mom takes a photo; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and brief marijuana use; and, movie criticizes strict mom and encourages lax parenting of teenager, plus lying.
THE CAKE EATERS is a low budget independent movie that promotes adultery and a 17-year-old terminally ill girl seducing a 20-year-old guy so she can lose her virginity.
This obnoxious premise begins with older brother Guy, a musician, returning to his family’s rural homestead too late for his invalid mother’s funeral. Guy’s 20-year-old brother Beagle still lives at home with their father, Easy, who runs the local butcher shop.
As the story develops, viewers learn that Beagle was the main caregiver for the dying mother in the last years of her life. They also learn that Easy has been having a 20-year adulterous affair with Marg, the eccentric grandmother of Georgia, a terminally ill 17-year-old with a muscular disease.
Georgia picks Beagle as the one with whom she wants to lose her virginity before she dies, and Beagle decides to comply. Meanwhile, Guy learns that his old flame, Stephanie, has moved on with her life and started her own family.
The ending of THE CAKE EATERS excuses the adultery between Easy and Marg, as well as the affair between 17-year-old Georgia and 20-year-old Beagle. Guy and Stephanie also have an adulterous rendezvous in one scene.
The director’s statement about the movie talks a lot about love, but the movie’s pagan view of that word has nothing to do with the idea of love in God’s Word, much less with God’s idea about the love between a husband and his wife. THE CAKE EATERS is an abhorrent mess, despite its nuanced performances (especially by Kristen Stewart) and lush photography.