Feast of Love

  • Review Date: February 4, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Uneven adult romantic drama doesn't stint on sex.
  • Review Date: February 4, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Runs the gamut from the good (friends rely on each other for support during tough times) to the bad (wives cheat on their spouses, as does one husband; a woman hits on another man's wife).

Violence

A man pulls a knife on his son's girlfriend, and a man stabs his own hand. A man hits a woman, and she hits him back (later, they improbably reunite). Couples yell and scream at each other.

Sex

Frequent graphic sex scenes, including shots of women straddling men while naked (breasts are visible) in places both public (football field) and private (bedrooms). Men's backsides are visible when they stand up. A quick flash of frontal nudity, too, and two naked women kiss.

Language

Some use of words like "s--tfaced," "son of a b-tch," g-ddamned," and even "f--k." Language isn't incessant, though.

Consumerism

A handful of scenes in which real estate signs are shown, as well as branded movers' trucks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Two illicit lovers drink wine every time they hook up; some smoking and drinking in bars. One character's son supposedly died of an overdose, and another has suffered from heroin addiction.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well-meaning drama tries to offer some positive (and somewhat clichéd) life lessons -- support your friends and family, love is the answer, etc. But it deals with mature issues (infidelity, abuse, addiction), and has a fair amount of nudity (breasts, backsides, and one fleeting full-frontal glimpse) and graphic sex. Language, while not incessant, is also strong, including "s--t" and "f--k." In one particularly disturbing moment, a man hits a woman (and vice versa), with no apparent consequences; in fact, he wins out in the end.

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What's the story?

Based on the novel by Charlie Baxter and directed by Robert Benton (of Kramer vs. Kramer fame), FEAST OF LOVE traces the misadventures of Bradley (Greg Kinnear) -- a Portland, Oregon, café owner with a knack for falling in love with the wrong women -- and his extended network of friends and colleagues, who also find themselves in their own existential and romantic predicaments (some contrived, some touching). Bradley's problem is that he doesn't "see" his mates for who they are. His first wife, Kathryn (a winning Selma Blair), makes eyes at another woman, a flirtation Bradley misses entirely but which is duly noted by his friend and loyal customer, Harry (the too-often-dignified Morgan Freeman). Within weeks, Kathryn and Bradley divorce. Lesson learned? Not quite, as Bradley soon moves onto Diana (Radha Mitchell), aka Ms. Wrong No. 2. Unfortunately, Diana appears to have no problem continuing her affair with a married man despite marrying Bradley. But all that's still not enough, apparently: Oscar (Toby Hemingway), Bradley's barista, falls instantly in love with Chloe (Alexa Davalos, in a breakout performance), a passerby who asks for a job (and is preposterously hired, even though she doesn't drink coffee). The movie wastes no time in establishing their fairy-tale romance. They move in together in no time -- and, almost as quickly, reveals a tragic twist. And then there's Harry himself, a gentle soul burdened by his son's untimely death but with a loving wife as his saving grace.

Is it any good?

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Feast of Love is like an intriguing dish that seems so promising on the menu, yet when it arrives at your table manages to satiate but not satisfy. Full of good intentions and interesting detours, the film benefits from its strong ensemble cast, but it ambles too much and doesn't quite deliver on its intriguing premises: Is love a burden? Can love save people from their worst selves? Who's better off -- those who fall in love too easily or rarely? Although he talks of wisdom by the time he meets Woman to Love No. 3, Bradley seems to have learned little. (One slightly gruesome scene is meant to show how he's been scarred, but it rings hollow).

The film could also have done without Oscar's prototypical bad dad (played by Fred Ward); an abusive alcoholic, he also threatens Chloe at one point with a knife. Just one of those evils would've been plenty. And the only truly gritty storyline (Diana and her married man) is glossed over in the end, going so far as to have them traipsing off into the sunset even after a particularly brutal physical fight.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's take on love. Is it really as messy as it seems here? Why are so many movies fixated on the difficulties of love? Is romance only entertaining when it's not meant to be? Or, on the flip side, why is love so often idealized as well? What are real relationships like? Families can also discuss the consequences of the characters' behavior. What do you think would have happened to them in real life?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 28, 2007
DVD release date:February 4, 2008
Cast:Greg Kinnear, Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell
Director:Robert Benton
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Romance
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong sexual content, nudity and language.

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Parent of a 13 year old Written bycolten97 October 11, 2012
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A funny, tragic, sexy movie

I was down from Maine last week and was lucky enough to attend a screening of Feast of Love in New York City. I can't stop thinking about this film. It raises so many questions. What makes us fall in love with someone? If you love a person enough can you make them fall in love with you? With all the people who cross your path why do you fall in love with one but not the others? What is it that makes you fall in love with someone at first sight? How could you be married to someone and not have any idea that that person no longer loves you back? In the end the film gives hope to all of us who have loved and lost that we can find love again, and that that love can come in many different forms and configurations. The movie made me laugh and made me cry. The acting was wonderful and I felt the characters heartbreak as well as their blind optimism. The nude scenes, although explicit, were a natural as part of the relationships of the characters. If you're looking for a film to make you laugh, make you cry and make you think then this would be a good film for you. One of the best movies I've seen in a long time.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byWaldorfteacher April 9, 2008
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Never comes together

A disparate story of several peoples' lives that never comes together--sadly, because it's a decent cast. The plot is just too scattered and doesn't have a unified message, or any message for that matter. Neither is it believable. My recommendation is to skip it entirely. It's not worth the time.

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