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Better Than Chocolate [VHS]
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2003
Decent lesbian films are hard to find, but this one's a real gem. Funny, romantic and that little bit sexy (mmm body painting those curves). Ideal to play at night, and curl up on the settee with your girlfriend. Even some of our straight friends love it. The main plot's a comedy around mum coming to stay and the inevitable coming out after catching her daughter in bed with her g/f. There's some nice little subplots including literary type, Francis besieged by customs impounding all her imports for her bookstore and the efforts of Julie, a translesbian woman not only to woo the shy conservative Francis but also to fight for recognition as a true woman. Overall, it's upbeat and fun to watch again and again. Gritty it isn't, but then if u wanted that, you'd go for All Over Me, Bound or the Monkey's Mask. Finding something else in the way of a film like this so positive about lesbian love and romance is pretty hard, but you might like the second story of If these walls could talk 2 with a wicked portrayal of butch-femme lurve.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A funny, sexy, great-to-watch lesbian film. Surely not, I hear you say. Well, yes, Better Than Chocolate is that film. It's a fairly standard structure, girl meets girl, falls in love, minor degree of angst ensues. But the characters are all very likable, the sex scenes are hot and believable, though not enough, and the story itself is actually highly humerous and interesting. A definite must for any self respecting lesbian, and anyone else who likes a good film. PS Watch out for Julie's number, hilarious!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2003
This was a genuingly warmhearted look at a group of women and their budding relationships. The main story being about two young women who meet and quickly fall for each other. The actors are believable and charming.
Personally, I found the most interesting characters to be in the support cast. For instance, the mother who is divorcing her husband becomes friends with Judy the transgender lesbian - played very well by Peter Outbridge - who is in love with the bookstore owner Frances (great character) whose books are being impounded by customs.
There are a few musical numbers at a club they frequent and this adds to it's slightly offbeat charm. It's something I would watch again. A very enjoyable film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This glorious lifestyle film shows many levels of acceptance, addressing sexuality with humour and compassion.

The chemistry between Maggie and Kim is strong from the beginning and their intimate scenes are equal parts sexy, witty and moving. The sexual awakening of Maggie's brother John is shockingly funny and the sexual re-awakening of Maggie's mother Lila is hysterical and moving.

The scene-stealer of the movie is the trans-gender Judy. She may be played by a man, but Judy is more completely female than most the lesbians (some of whom refuse to accept her as female). She is kind, compassionate, perceptive, funny, resourceful and talented, not afraid to see off a couple of neo-Nazis with a mean right-hook while sporting the results of an impromtu girly make-over. Judy effortlessly befriends Lila, confiding in her about unrequited love for Frances, Maggie's uptight boss at the '10 Per Cent' bookstore. Judy's feisty personality is expressed in the superb torch-song performed at the girls' night club; I guarantee you'll be singing the song and playing it back.

A terrific film. Witty, thoughtful, moving, sexy with well-drawn characters.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2000
If you never watch another lesbian film make this one your last.It is really funny,a good story for a change,well acted and directed,the girls in it do not look like an excuse for men,I thoroughly enjoyed this film,give yourself a treat and buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2002
This film is superb. The developing relationship between Maggie and Kim is touching, sensual, funny and completely believable. To watch this film is to be transported to the heady heights of new love.
A must for any romantic - gay or straight. What the film lacks in technical quality it makes up for in acting. It does seem at times that the story has too many political messages crammed in - but they do not detract from the overall ambience of the film.
As said in a previous review - Judy's number is a must-see!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2008
Yes it's corny, and very American but it's a great film. One of the few proper cinematic quality lesbian films. Good acting. Good fun. Realistic love scenes. What more could you want.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2002
From start to finish, this Canadian lesbian love story uplifts you up and keeps you there, even through the dramatic turns at the end. The actors are great to look at, are witty and the film covers some realistic and diverse issues. Watch for the mother's hilarious transformation from being stressed out and dumped, to clued up and sexy. An excellent film - highly recommended! Not much in the way of bonuses - but worth it nontheless!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2001
Well, I just got done watching the movie and all I can say is - yeahhhh!!!! It's a great film, and yes, although sometimes a little predictable, it's such a happy film with a positive message and it's actually FUNNY. It actually makes you laugh as opposed to all these mournful "When shall we meet again?" type lesbian movies. It's not a serious movie, although it does put forward a strong message - that love is overriding, no matter the gender, age, bank balance...it's just a cracking piece of comedy with great actors. I did find a few holes in the acting - sometimes Dwyer's acting was a little unbelievable and yes, she did always have a smile on her face - but hey she was with Christina Cox darn it - I would be smiling!!! Despite those few little hiccups, that still doesn't give me any cause to give this film less than 5 stars for making us all out to be real people, really capable of loving and being loved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A much vilified Lesbian movie the cover of which is possibly pinned to the centre of each and every Feminist Lesbian's dart board from here to Northern Ontario and the sweetest, most heart warming thing to come out of Lesbian Cinema in quite some time.

Better Than Chocolate tells the story of two Women's blossoming love set against a backdrop of the wider queer community they form a part of and it is the depiction of this community that so angers many Women: Peggy Thomson and Anne Wheeler present an image of an inclusive community in which the old arguments of Sex Positivism and Trans and Bi Inclusion have been resolved and left far behind. This is a community which includes Butch Dykes, Bisexuals, Translesbians and any other group you could hope for in The Great Women's Bar In Heaven.

The emotional heart of this movie is the Pre Operative Transexual Judy (a fantastic performance by Peter Outerbridge) to who all the characters turn for advice but who hides their own private pain relating to their relationship with their parents and their love for Frances, the owner of the Lesbian Bookshop which one of the main characters works in. The delicate handling of this romance, in the end, gives more delight than the less interesting romance of the two (slightly boring) Leads and I found myself hoping that Judy and Frances had more screen time.

Add to this an open discussion of the use of Toys, Bi Inclusion and a sly dig at the infamous Canadian Anti-Porn Laws of the 1980s and you've got an intelligent, funny and charming film that even manages to be inclusive of Heterosexuals. All in all an utterly joyous affair in all senses of the word.
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