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Better Than Chocolate

 Unrated   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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Karen Dwyer, Christina Cox. Touching And Humorous Story Of Two Women In Love And Their Life Struggles Together. 1999/Color/102 Min/R/Fullscreen.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Screwball romance meets '90's lesbian chic Dec 27 1999
By Tcaalaw
This movie will seem very familiar to most long-time movie watchers as it is in many ways a remake of the vintage screwball comedies of the early '30's but with a decidedly '90's twist.
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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny, touching satire Oct. 15 2006
By Clover
I laughed most of the way through this movie... although several people have criticized this movie for its lack of realism and superficial characters, I think they've missed the point - that's *precisely* what makes this film so entertaining - the characters are beautiful satiric exaggerations, yet they are still handled with a gentleness that allows them to be both likeable and sympathetic. And while the plot tends toward sugary optimism, its sharp humour carries the film through. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O to be a thespian... March 28 2002
First class entertainment. BTC is one of the pitifully few Happy Ever After lesbian love movies, in that the two women neither die (High Art, Gia), nor fall into the safety net of "Confused girl marries guy in the end".
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie.. May 30 2002
By gp64
This is a movie you can watch over and over!!I love it, at last a fun lesbian film with some decent love scenes. The movie is centred around Maggie a cute, young woman with a neurotic mother who is coming (with her brother) for a visit. Maggie is living in the bookshop where she works and has just met Kim played by gorgeous Christina Cox! (who I'm sure I saw in a crowd shot of Lilith Fair) They start a relationship just as Maggie has managed to sub-let an apartment and her family arrive.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars different but lots of fun July 9 2001
By A Customer
I didn't relate to any of the characters going into this movie but I decided to watch it with an open mind. It is mostly a light-spirited, comedy-filled, love story about a relationship between two women. That much I gathered from the reviews. What surprised me is the way they made me consider this alternate way of life without trying to preach the cause to me. Because it seemed unbiased, I was able to put myself in the position of the characters and think about how I would feel in their situation, while still remaining a passenger within the story just along for the ride. I can't remember the last time a movie made me think this much while still being so much fun to watch.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unconventionally Great "Feel-Good" film Jan. 19 2001
After watching this film only once, several of its scenes played over and over again in my head. This is a cleverly humorous film that definitely leaves an impression. The film is about relationships and friendships. There's the relationship between Maggie, a college-drop out trying to find her niche in the world, and Kim, a young artist traveling the country. More humourous is the sweetly awkward romance between the transgendered Judy and the uptight bookstore owner Frances, who is going through a censorship crisis with Canadian Customs. There's the relationship between bisexual Carla and Maggie's younger brother, a classic case of an "older" woman teaching an eager young man about love. The theme of chocolate is cleverly woven into the story, with Carla uttering one of the best lines for bisexual gals in the film: "Soft centers... hard centers...I like all the chocolates in the box!" And then there is Maggie's whiny, chocolate-popping mother, Lila, (brilliantly played by Wendy Crewson) who is going through the trauma of divorce. Along the way Lila discovers her own autonomy and independence, along with her daughter's sexuality which she eventually embraces, thanks to her own sexual evolution (the box!) and her friendship with Judy. There's some great song and dance numbers, my favorite being the sensuous day-glo confection, "Julie Christie." Throw in some steamy love scenes (fingerpainting will never be the same) and you've got a great movie. Buy this film today--you'll find yourself watching it over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lesbian Movie
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 9 months ago by Aimee Bricault
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...
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 more
Published 20 months ago by MamaButterfly
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Hilarious, fresh, sexy, smart, excellent character development, wonderful music.... Any self-respecting lesbian has to have this movie in her collection.
Published 22 months ago by EMR
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Chocolate
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.
Published on Feb. 14 2009 by D. Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE EVERY
Published on June 15 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE EVERY
Published on June 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Chocolate
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 more
Published on June 14 2003 by "sbblessed56"
4.0 out of 5 stars candy
I loved the movie it's good becouse of the comdey and at the same time you can thorw in some drama. the music is great but also the plot
Published on Aug. 4 2002 by Chelsea Dudley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The best part was when they got naked and did it.
Published on July 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Fried Green Tomatoes
One word for this DVD: HOT! It is much better than those extra scenes on the Fried Green Tomatoes DVD. Read more
Published on July 26 2002
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