A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No matter how despondent and isolated someone might feel, there's always a way back to the light.
Positive Role Models
Claire starts off as a very angry person, with little hope. But she still has a modicum of determination and a will to live. And her estranged husband still cares for her, as does her housekeeper, who's her main lifeline.
Violence & Scariness
Frank talk about suicide, with some scenes depicting a person standing on a freeway ledge, about to jump, and lying on railroad tracks. One character kills herself; others are affected by the aftermath. A woman is disturbed by the sight of a man and rushes at him, pushing and kicking. A fatal car accident is discussed. A character suffers from chronic pain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples are shown presumably having sex under the covers, but there's no nudity.
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Some swearing, including "s--t," "hell," and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
An affluent woman clearly comes across as such because of the things she owns, including a Jeep and other high-end goods.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A woman is addicted to prescription pills, which she obtains illegally. She's shown popping them constantly. Specific pill brands mentioned include Percocet and Oxycontin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cake is a grim drama that deals with incredibly tragic issues, including chronic pain, a fatal car accident, and the suicide of a young mother. As such, it's likely too heavy for young teens and tweens. Expect some swearing, including "s--t" and "f--k," and many scenes showing star Jennifer Aniston's character popping pills that she has procured illegally. It's implied that characters are having sex (they're under the covers; there's no nudity) To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
CAKE won't let you have it and eat it, too. The storyline is interesting, albeit grim, and Aniston and Adriana Barraza -- who plays Claire's housekeeper, Silvana -- are very impressive (this may be Aniston's strongest performance to date, devoid of both makeup and self-consciousness). But the rest of the film is a bit of a jumble, making metaphorical leaps that aren't earned and meandering to the point of losing its way. Claire makes decisions that are ostensibly out of anger -- and later something else -- but how she gets there isn't all that convincing. See it for Aniston and Barraza, but check your expectations first.
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