CAKE takes us into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Anna Kendrick). With her feisty housekeeper-cum-caretaker (Adriana Barraza) ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this tale of personal redemption.
**The Icing on the CAKE: Meet the Cast
**The Many Layers of CAKE: Learning to Live Again
Cast & Crew
Whether or not Aniston ever gets another role like this one, I have a hard time imagining anyone else in it -- and that's the sign of a genuine actor.
Jennifer Aniston burrows into Claire's walking-wounded gait and eclipsed mood.
"A thoughtful and frequently moving drama that insightfully illuminates what it's like to live with illness and agony."
This Cake isn't fallen. It's just a bit deflated.
'Cake' is delicious stuff - low key but affecting, funny while tragic, quirky but never so bizarre it loses you.
"Cake" gives us an interesting character and a fine performance, nestled into a movie that doesn't really work.
Five words I never thought I'd string together: Jennifer Aniston made me cry.