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Cake ★★★

Director: Daniel Barnz

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer

Claire (Jennifer Aniston) becomes fascinated with Nina (Anna Kendrick), a female member of her chronic pain support group who commits suicide and becomes obsessed with her death in order to deal with her own grief. She soon starts up a friendship with the woman’s husband. Claire is a victim of an accident that left her with chronic pain. She suffers from depression, misuses prescribed drugs and fails to keep a relationship since the accident.

Claire finds herself growing attached to Nina’s family. But what she don’t realise is what’s in front of her eyes.

Jennifer Aniston plays a character unlike anything she has played before and it’s a role that really shows off her acting abilities. You can really see the pain she is in, in her face. However, the supporting cast threaten to steal the film from her as Anna Kendrick is also brilliant in her role as Nina but unfortunately doesn’t get much time to really show off her skills.

“Cake” is a poignant film that explores the feelings we deal with when a tragedy occurs. There are some beautiful moments which will tug at your heart strings. “Cake” is a dark film but there are some funny moments which work well despite its dark tones. This film will draw you in.

 

 

 

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The Wedding Ringer ★★★

Director: Jeremy Garelick

Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia

Doug (Josh Gad) is a socially awkward guy with a problem; he’s getting married in two weeks and has no best man for the wedding. He is pointed in the direction of the owner and CEO of the company, Best Man, Inc., that provides men who can perform best man duties for grooms-to-be without a best man.

Disaster strikes in every corner as they get up to no good in the lead up to the wedding. But in- between the chaos and the planning, a friendship develops between the groom-to-be and the now best man.

This film is very reminiscent of several other comedies and films centred on two male buddies such as “Hitch” and “I Love You, Man” amongst others. Hart and Gad have great chemistry together, and it is great fun to watch them becomes best buddies as the film goes on.

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting basically reprises her breakthrough role. Kevin Hart is pretty decent in this and plays his character well, whipping out jokes nearly every minute. Josh Gad plays a character that is so lovable you can’t help but root for him.

“The Wedding Ringer” could have been so much more. It’s a bit predictable and not very original. However, there are a few good jokes but most of them tend to fall flat. There is a few touching moments between the two male characters that will warm your heart. If you’re after something a bit mindless then this could be for you.

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