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Better Than Chocolate

4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Anne Wheeler
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00002CGGH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,407 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on June 14 2003
Format: DVD
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. His wonderful performance placed him on my "most admired" actors list. All the characters were not only lovable but believable. What a marvelous blend of laughter, tears, and insight into a world that is so misunderstood and much maligned. A triumph for all involved, and a must for women everywhere who need chocolate to survive life's ups and downs.
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I used to own the rated VHS version and was put off by the way the initial sex/love scene was edited.It always seemed contrived.This is a very cute movie,with a happy ending which is so rarely the case in lesbian movies.It's a feel good movie that might be lacking intellectual stimulation but has one of the most visually beautiful and inspiring love scene: I'm talking about the body painting scene.
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By A Customer on July 9 2001
Format: DVD
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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