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Better Than Chocolate [VHS]

3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Marya Delver
  • Directors: Anne Wheeler
  • Writers: Peggy Thompson
  • Producers: Christopher Adkins, Peggy Thompson, Rosamond Norbury, Sharon McGowan, Wolfram Tichy
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Millivres
  • VHS Release Date: 7 Aug. 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U8MV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,912 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lesbian romantic comedy. Flunked law student Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) now works for the highly strung Frances in her Vancouver bookshop, and thinks she has found the love of her life when she meets artist Kim (Christina Cox). All goes well between Maggie and Kim until Maggie's recently divorced mother, Lila (Wendy Crewson) - who is unaware of Maggie's sexuality - announces her intention to come and visit. While Maggie frets over choosing to 'out' herself to her mother, Lila is befriended by her transsexual friend Judy (Peter Outerbridge), and gradually comes to appreciate the truth about her daughter's social group.

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Many lesbian movies are long on charm and short on production values; Better Than Chocolate has a solid dose of both and steamy sex scenes to boot. Our heroine Maggie (Karyn Dwyer), a clerk at a lesbian bookshop, meets footloose butch Kim (Christina Cox) and, after Kim's van is towed away, they move in together. Unfortunately for their romantic bliss, Maggie's mother, Lila (Wendy Crewson), and teenage brother move in that very evening thanks to Lila's impending divorce. But what really complicates matters is that Maggie can't bring herself to come out to her mother. Even when she tries, Lila steamrollers through the conversation, as if she knows what's coming and doesn't want to hear it. Interwoven with this is the struggle of Judy (Peter Outerbridge), a male-to-female transsexual who's in love with the bookshop's owner, Frances (Ann-Marie MacDonald), who's freaking out because customs officers are holding a list of books at the border that they claim are obscene. The overlapping plots are deftly juggled, the personal and political are compellingly interwoven, and, most satisfying of all, the characters have problems that aren't going to be easily resolved. A handful of candy-coloured lip-synching musical numbers give the movie some flash and the sex scenes give it some heat, but it's the elements of sorrow and ambiguity that really make the joy in Better Than Chocolate something to savour. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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