Cake (2014 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Daniel Barnz|
|Produced by||Ben Barnz
|Written by||Patrick Tobin|
William H. Macy
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Edited by||Kristina Boden|
|Distributed by||Cinelou Releasing, Freestyle Releasing|
|Box office||$2.9 million|
Cake is a 2014 American drama film written by Patrick Tobin, directed by Daniel Barnz, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington. It debuted in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
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The story centers on chronic pain sufferer Claire (Aniston) as she struggles to come to terms, not only with the aftermath of the car accident that killed her son and left her partially disabled by chronic pain, but also with the suicide of a woman from her chronic pain support group, Nina (Kendrick). The film documents how Claire's pain and grief affect her behavior, her relationships with other people, and her ability to function from just after Nina's death until she reaches a breakthrough point in her own path.
- Jennifer Aniston as Claire Bennett
- Adriana Barraza as Silvana
- Anna Kendrick as Nina Collins
- Sam Worthington as Roy Collins
- Mamie Gummer as Bonnie
- Felicity Huffman as Annette
- William H. Macy as Leonard
- Chris Messina as Jason Bennett
- Lucy Punch as Nurse Gayle
- Britt Robertson as Becky
- Paula Cale as Carol
- Ashley Crow as Stephanie
- Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Arturo
- Camille Guaty as Tina
- Allen Maldonado as Buddy
- Camille Mana as Nurse Salazar
- Julio Oscar Mechoso as Dr. Mata
- Evan O'Toole as Casey Collins
- Pepe Serna as Nuncio
- Misty Upham as Liz
- Rose Abdoo as Innocencia
- Alma Martinez as Irma
On February 10, 2014, it was announced that Jennifer Aniston would play the lead in Cake. Daniel Barnz, the director, said "Of the zillions of Jennifer Aniston fans, I might be the biggest one of all. I've especially loved her more dramatic performances, and I can’t wait to watch her tackle a role that has such a brilliantly funny voice and so much raw pain (hats off to writer Patrick Tobin). I’m honored to be collaborating with Ben, Kristin and Courtney, and it’s exciting that Cake will be the first film under the Cinelou banner. It feels like we’re all taking a leap of faith together, and that’s pretty thrilling." On March 15, Mexican actress Adriana Barraza was also announced in the cast of the drama. The rest of the cast was revealed on April 1.
Cake received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 49% based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Cake finds Jennifer Aniston making the most of an overdue opportunity to test her dramatic chops, but it lacks sufficient depth or warmth to recommend for all but her most ardent fans." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 49 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
At the Toronto premiere, the cast received a standing ovation. The performances of Jennifer Aniston and Adriana Barraza have been highly praised by some critics. Pete Hammond of Deadline described Aniston's performance as "heartbreakingly good... There are really no tricks to this performance. It's raw and real, poignant and unexpected." Clayton Davis of Awards Circuit spoke of Aniston's performance as "the single best performance by an actress this year... Aniston's performance is something that most actresses will pray to be able to achieve, but never come close." In his review for HitFix, Gregory Ellwood wrote that "Aniston makes you believe in Claire's pain. She makes you believe this character is at her lowest point and only she can pull herself out of it. There is no Oscar scene. There is no massive crying fit. It's a complete performance from beginning to end and she deserves the appropriate accolades for it." Of Aniston's performance, David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews wrote "...the actress steps into the shoes of her thoroughly damaged character to an often revelatory extent." Sheri Linden of the Los Angeles Times also spoke positively of Aniston's performance, writing "Aniston lends the role an impressively agonized physicality and brings ace timing to the screenplay's welcome gallows humor."
|2013||Nantucket Film Festival||Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition||Patrick Tobin||Won|
|2014||People Magazine Awards||Movie Performance of the Year - Actress||Jennifer Aniston||Won|
|Capri-Hollywood Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|
|2015||Santa Barbara International Film Festival||The Montecito Award||Won|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America||Low-Budget Drama||Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham||Nominated|
|Shanghai International Film Festival||Golden Goblet Award for Best Feature Film||Daniel Barnz||Nominated|
|Shanghai International Film Festival||Golden Goblet Award for Best Screenplay||Won|
|PRISM Awards||Feature Film||Nominated|
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