Review: Cake

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Cake is well a little plain without icing and this film lacked the icing.

Jennifer Aniston stars as Claire Bennett who is suffering from chronic pain after suffering a catastrophic and fatal accident in which her son died and she has been suffering ever since both physically and emotionally. The fall-out from the accident leads to her dependance on pharmaceutical drugs, reckless sex, breakdown of her marriage and bizarre behaviour at her survivors support group.

This is Jennifer Aniston as we have not seen for a long long time well not since The Good Girl (2002). Her performance in this film is solid and she is believable as someone suffering from chronic pain and delivers as the anti-hero. However the script is flat and rather than be daring it takes an easy path to show her as a drugged up chronic pain sufferer which is so predictable.

The supporting cast made up of Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman and Anna Kendrick does a fine job. However, the standout performance is by Adriana Barraza, as Silvana the housekeeper, that adds much needed lift and draws more out of Aniston from what can sometimes feel like an earnest performance.

Although on general release at cinemas in the UK Cake in my opinion is a dvd Sunday afternoon style film – good but not worth heading to the cinema for.

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