Better than Chocolate

Vanessa Forsythe reviews

Better than Chocolate


  • Cert: R
  • Running time: 102 minutes
  • Year: 1999
  • Pressing: 1999
  • Region(s): 1, NTSC
  • Chapters: 24 plus extras
  • Sound: Dolby Stereo
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Widescreen: 1.85:1
  • 16:9-Enhanced: No
  • Macrovision: Yes
  • Disc Format: DVD 5
  • Price: $39.98
  • Extras : Scene index, Director’s Commentary; Trailer


      Anne Wheeler


      Maggie: Karen Dwyer
      Kim: Christina Cox
      Lila: Wendy Crewson (Bicentennial Man, Air Force One)
      Judy: Peter Outerbridge (Kissed, Mission to Mars)
      Carla: Marya Delver (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing)
      Frances: Anne-Marie MacDonald (I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing)
      Paul: Kevin Mundy

A sumptuous romantic comedyall about how wonderful it is to fall in love, BBetter than Chocolate follows a few hectic days in the life of Maggie, who meets, and falls for, Kim, the new artist in town, the same day that Maggie’s mother announces she’s getting a divorce and she and Maggie’s brother Paul need somewhere to stay…Unfortunately Maggie’s mother is unaware of her daughter’s sexuality, that she has dropped out of college to work in a bookstore and that Maggie has been sleeping on a sofa at the back of the shop where she works. No wonder Maggie is a bit stressed about the impending visit!!

As the days unfold, unexpected friendships are made and romance blossoms during the battle to save the bookstore from censorship, culminating in a heart-stopping finale that will have only the hardest of hearts not acknowledging that some things are indeed Better than Chocolate.

An extremely enjoyable film with a fabulous cast (special mention must be made of Peter Outerbridge for his excellent portrayal of Judy), Better than Chocolate comes highly recommended for all those romantics out there, regardless of preference.

Extras:Anne Wheeler’s commentary is funny and informative, showing her obvious enthusiasm for the project that took many years to bring to the screen. With the standard (but, it has to be acknowledged, good) trailer being the only other special feature, one can only be thankful that her insight into the production deserves much more than one listen.


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