Better Than Chocolate
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The heroine of the film is Maggie, a young woman who has dropped out of university to try and find herself as an artist. She also supplements her income from painting by working at a bookstore which serves the LesBiGayT (Lesbian-Bisexual-Gay-Transsexual) community of a small British Columbian town.
Maggie's life is greatly complicated when, on the same day, she begins to fall in love with an itinerant painter named Kim, and she receives word that her mother and teenage brother are going to be coming to town to stay with her. This is particularly problematic because Maggie hasn't disclosed her sexual orientation to her family.
A certain amount of predictable hijinks ensue as Maggie tries to keep her family from deducing the truth about her relationship with Kim. She also, of course, must keep them from figuring out that anything is "out-of-place" about her friends and co-workers. As well, there are several sub-plots introduced to give the film more political relevancy, including Canada's strict censorship laws and the subject of anti-transsexual discrimination in the LesBiGayT community, however they are not especially well developed.
In conclusion, this film is very funny at some points, but moves very predictably at others. It is a rather light-hearted take on lesbian romance and coming-out issues, but the sub-plots occasionally weigh it down. Since most of the sub-plots contained enough potential to be films of their own, the film-makers could have dropped some of them from this picture to spend more time exploring Maggie and Kim's relationship. That said, I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies and has an open mind.
While the film deals with many important issues, including the Transgender question, it is clearly out to entertain at every level. One of the highlights is Peter Outerbridge's "I'm Not An Effing Drag Queen" cabaret performance, concerning a pre-op transsexual who is outraged at the thought of being considered a mere cross dresser.
In an industry in which Xena has yet to nail Gabby, (we can still hope) the love scenes in BTC are tastefully erotic and very believable. Yet another movie that proves that you don't need a big budget and star names to create superb end product.
Other fun and interesting characters include (Judy) a transexual, the bookstore owner and a bisexual, nyphomiac who also works at the bookstore. Once you have seen this movie a few times try watching it with the Director's Commentary which I found very interesting.
Also, the story didn't seem "manufactured" to appeal to a particular demographic. The situations seemed quite believable. When I was finished watching, the political undertones had all but disappeared. I'll say it again, THIS MOVIE WAS SIMPLY FUN TO WATCH. ANY open-minded person should enjoy it.
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It was a good movie. An eccentric dyke who lives in her van falls for a girl who lives in a loft.Published 6 months ago by Kate Broadfoot
This is a great Lesbian movie. It's a must see. There is a good story and overall the movie is just time well spent.Published on Dec 30 2013 by Aimee
I purchased this as a gift for my girlfriend. We both loved this movie! Wonderfully written, terrific cast and great acting. All around awesome. So proud that it is Canadian!!!! Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2013 by MamaButterfly
Hilarious, fresh, sexy, smart, excellent character development, wonderful music.... Any self-respecting lesbian has to have this movie in her collection.Published on Dec 16 2012 by EMR
A powerful coming of age lesbian drama about censorship that should be viewed by all showcasing the hypocrisy of the law.
A great flick even if you're gay.
This little gem is a delight whether you are gay or straight. The characters are beautifully portrayed by the well chosen cast. Peter Outerbridge is brilliant as Judy. Read morePublished on June 14 2003