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Feast of Love


Stars: Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell, Selma Blair

Director: Robert Benton

With a cast this strong, there have to be some good moments in this
mixture of sex, wry comedy and tragic drama. And the inimitable,
rumblingly sincere tones of Freeman certainly make the most of the film's
more sentimental moments towards the end, even if he's been this way many
times before.

Kinnear is also very good in his familiar dog-eared manner as the
coffee-bar owner whose first wife (Blair) leaves him for another woman,
following which he proposes marriage in haste to estate agent Diana
(Mitchell), who is still having sex with a married lover (Billy Burke).
Yup, there are three of them (and a dog) in this marriage.

It's all too facile (the whole 'shirt' incident is ridiculous) and
predictable, with events so telegraphed that you find yourself saying
'Yes, now this is going to happen'. And it does. It's lovely to see Jane
Alexander (as Freeman's wife) again, but fine acting can't carry a film by
itself, and this one needs a logical screenplay and more three-dimensional
characters to draw more than the easy tear.

David Quinlan

USA 2007. UK Distributor: Entertainment. Colour by Deluxe.
102 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 2, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 05 Oct 2007