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Better Than Chocolate (1999)

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Maggie, 19, works at a lesbian/LGBT bookstore. Her mom's getting divorced and has invited herself to stay with Maggie. Maggie hasn't told her, she's lesbian. Her new girlfriend moves in as well.

Director:

Anne Wheeler

Writer:

Peggy Thompson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Crewson ... Lila
Karyn Dwyer ... Maggie
Christina Cox ... Kim
Ann-Marie MacDonald Ann-Marie MacDonald ... Frances
Marya Delver ... Carla
Kevin Mundy ... Paul
Tony Nappo ... Tony
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Marcus
Beatrice Zeilinger Beatrice Zeilinger ... Bernice
Peter Outerbridge ... Judy
Gerald Varga Gerald Varga ... Skin Head 1
Robert Parent ... Skin Head 2
Corrine Koslo Corrine Koslo ... Safe Sex Advocate
Veena Sood ... Religious Zealot
Tony Marr Tony Marr ... Lila's Boss
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Storyline

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household. Soon after, Lila is befriended by Judy, a transsexual about to undergo a sex-change operation. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends. Written by Eric Sorensen

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A Delicious Comedy

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Maggie & Lila See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,584, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$2,015,406

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,015,406
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title of film comes from a lyric in Sarah McLachlan's song called "Ice Cream", "Your love is better then chocolate". See more »

Goofs

After Judy and Lila have their duet in the condo, the boom mic dips briefly into the top of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Mr. L.B. Marcus: The books have been classified as obscene and will not be allowed through the border. Now, if I can just get you to sign here.
Frances: Little Red Riding Hood is obscene?
Mr. Marcus: Well, we, we thought it was something else.
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No humans were harmed in the production of this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Available in both the 101 min. R-rated cut and a 102 min. unrated director's cut. See more »


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Let's Have Sex
Performed by Trippy
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It's Never Too Late For Love, Even If It's Battery Operated
13 February 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Better Than Chocolate is a Canadian film about the relationship between mother and daughter which turns out to be a lot closer than we're originally led to believe. As the mother, Wendy Crewson appears to be oblivious to the fact that daughter Karyn Dwyer is a lesbian.

At least that's how it appears when she drops in unannounced on her daughter and a recent new girl friend, Christina Cox. The pretext is that Dwyer has dropped out of the university, but Crewson wants to check out more than that.

Acting honors in this film go to Peter Outerbridge who plays the transgender woman Judy, formerly Jeremy. Outerbridge in his own way is playing a role as much a pioneering effort as Hillary Swank in Boys Don't Cry. Had this been a major American film, we might have been talking Oscar for him.

Outerbridge is a wise old soul who's seen life from a few different perspectives. She's been cast out by her family, kind of like Michael Dunn is Ship of Fools. Just as Dunn's parents didn't want a dwarf around and gave him spending money to constantly travel, Outerbridge's parents by him a flat precisely so he can live away from them. It's quite a scene when Judy discovers that the flat is really a kiss off. Crewson and Outerbridge aid each other in their moment of crisis.

If nothing else should have tipped her off that Dwyer was not living the 'normal' life those battery operated sex toys should have said something. Of course Crewson finds they have their uses and she who has said that sex is now being sworn off for chocolate finds that even battery operated love is better than no love at all.

Better Than Chocolate is funny and sweet and endearing all at the same time. A triple threat on the emotions from Anne Wheeler in Canada.


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