Better Than Chocolate (1999)

ANNE WHEELER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Canada, 1999.  British Columbia Film, CITY-TV, Government of British Columbia Film Incentive BC Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund, , Rave Film, Rogers Telefund, Téléfilm Canada, WIC Entertainment.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A delightful romantic comedy that has more substance than is at first apparent, featuring Anne Wheeler’s warm direction combined with appealing performances, bright and sunny cinematography and a charming script full of lovable characters. Maggie is single and works at a bookstore, living on the couch in the back of the store until she finds her own place. Her mom () calls to tell her that she is getting a divorce and coming to visit Maggie, forcing our girl to find a new home fast. That same day she also meets the love of her life, a gorgeous street artist who has just driven her van into town and, thanks to meeting Maggie, might stick around for a while. All this is great except that mom doesn’t know that daughter is gay, which makes the existence of a giant bunch of dildos and vibrators that the owner of the apartment Maggie is subletting all that much more awkward to explain. A subplot with as a transgendered friend and his love affair with a frustrated store owner (novelist ) beset by Canadian government censorship is lovely, and Crewson’s performance is a work of art. Terrific little comedy that sticks around just long enough to brighten up your day and leave you smiling.

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