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Feast of Love (2007)

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Alexa Davalos, Greg Kinnear, more...
Director: Robert Benton, Robert Benton
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Romantic Comedy, Romance
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A group of friends living in suburban Oregon come into contact with a sensual free spirit named Chloe (Alexa Davalos), who changes their outlook on life in the most unexpected of ways in this ensemble drama adapted from the acclaimed novel by author Charles Baxter. As college professor and writer Harry Stevenson (Morgan Freeman) sits quietly in the coffee shop of his tight-knit Oregon community, the local residents all around him all become swept up in the magical mischief of love. Coffee shop owner Bradley (Greg Kinnear) has a bad habit of looking for love in all the wrong places, and his relationship with wife Kathryn (Selma Blair) is a prime example of that penchant. Meanwhile, frazzled real estate agent Diana (Radha Mitchell) becomes ensnared in a taboo affair with a married man (Billy Burke), lovely newcomer Chloe attempts the formidable task of romancing troubled soul Oscar (Toby Hemingway), and Harry's own wife, Esther (Jane Alexander), affectionately tries to get through to her husband as he wrestles with the pain of losing a loved one. Fred Ward, Alexa Davalos, Stana Katic, Toby Hemingway, and Erika Maroszán star in a whimsical tale of intersecting lives inspired by Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and directed by Robert Benton (Nobody's Fool, The Human Stain). ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hors d'oeuvres, at least by talltale January 29, 2008 - 3:20 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Charles Baxter's novel THE FEAST OF LOVE happens to be one of the few pieces of fiction I've read over the past decade, and it's a good one. So I was looking forward to the film version from Robert Benton, a generally OK director. Oddly, while the movie hews closer to its source than do most filmed novels, it manages to stay mostly on the surface so that events move along but characters remain untapped in any depth. I don't think this is the fault of the fine ensemble but is due more to Allison Burnett's screenplay and what Benton does with it--which, in both cases, is little more than competent. The most interesting character is Radha Mitchell's realtor, but even she remains relatively un-probed. Baxter didn't explain everything, either, but his prose and construction alluded to things that set the reader's mind working. The film simply plops the plot and people down in front of you, with dialog you often spot coming a few moments before the characters utter it. A special disappointment: If you are one of those readers, like me, looking forward to seeing an artist's rendition of the titular painting, don't get your hopes up.

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(Average 5.75)
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