Claire (Jennifer Aniston) is cynical, torn and broken. She is in pain and hasn’t been happy for quite some time. She attends support groups and goes to her doctor’s appointments, but she is a depressed pessimist. When a young girl in her support group commits suicide, Claire is kicked out of her support group for being insensitive. Now she must decide for herself if she wants to go on living the way she has, or find the inner peace she has been longing for.
In my opinion, Cake is one of those movies that will beat you down emotionally. Claire is such the pessimist that you just can’t help but want to get as far away from her as possible. She isn’t “mean” per say, but she has obvious issues and rightfully so. Claire had a major tragedy in her past that I won’t spoil, but it would cause every one of us the same kind of pain and anguish. The problem Claire has is that she can’t move on and live. She has to decide that for herself. This is why I think Cake is a movie you only want to see 1 time, if that. Other than Jennifer Aniston, the movie is pretty flat.
Speaking of Jennifer Aniston, boy what a great performance by her! I’m been watching her since 1994 as Rachael from Friends and who would have thought she had this part in her?!? In fact, I’ll go on record to say that she deserved the Oscar nomination over Rosamund Pike or Marion Cotillard. She is that good and that convincing! She plays the bitter broken woman who can’t find hope convincingly. She is the only reason to see Cake so if you aren’t a fan of hers, don’t bother. I also will make a bold statement by saying that Adriana Barraza (Silvana) should have been given a supporting actress nomination! My reasoning? She gives a performance that reminded me of June Squibb from Nebraska in 2013. She is the solid voice of reason for Claire and she give a much better performance than Laura Durn in Wild. When it was all said and done, Cake is a one woman show that wants to be deeper then it actually is. Co-starring Anna Kendrick, Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy.
5/10 Stars – Even though the acting is superb, the story and movie fall flat with a pessimistic attitude.