Eat With Me (2014)

DAVID AU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 2014.  Eat With Me Productions, ReKon Productions.  Screenplay by David Au.  Cinematography by .  Produced by David Au, Michelle Ehlen, Joyce Liu.  Music by Stephen Krolikowski, Joshua Noteboom.  Production Design by Susan Anderson.  Costume Design by David Monster.  Film Editing by David Au.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.

Emma realizes she is in a dry, passionless marriage and walks out on her husband, heading downtown to stay with her son Elliot in his apartment. Elliot is glad to have his mom around, but despite the fact that she already knows that he is gay, he’s uncomfortable having her around to witness his rootless love life. While Emma becomes friends with Elliot’s adorable next door neighbor (an amiable ), Elliot becomes enamored of a handsome guitar player but is delayed by commitment issues, not to mention the fact that his crummy restaurant isn’t doing well and could be shut down by the bank. Charming encounters between characters are muted by lazy plotting and a vague sense of conflict thanks to a muddy script: we’re unsure what the centre of the story is supposed to be, either the son’s relationship issues or the mother’s ambivalence about his sexuality or her own feelings about marriage. The various plot strands never connect, the cameo by  as himself is mawkish and unnecessary, and a conclusion involving life-saving dumplings makes very little sense, but there is the odd moment of charm.

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