Better Than Chocolate

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Overview

Anne Wheeler's lesbian romantic comedy Better Than Chocolate comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, and a theatrical trailer. This is a very entertaining release from Trimark that should please the film's fans and possible draw some new viewers ...
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Overview

Anne Wheeler's lesbian romantic comedy Better Than Chocolate comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, and a theatrical trailer. This is a very entertaining release from Trimark that should please the film's fans and possible draw some new viewers to this little-seen film.
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Special Features

Dolby stereo; Letterbox; Director commentary; English, Spanish, French subtitles; Trailer; Scene access; Interactive menus
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Better Than Chocolate is the tale of two women in lust with each other in Vancouver. The story is both sweet and energetic in its attempts to showcase the not so simple lives of these lesbians. Maggie abandons college to work in a bookstore while Kim, a vivacious blond, has set her easel up very close to the bookstore. It isn't long before they are seriously in lust and consummating their relationship in Kim's van. What they don't expect is a visit from Maggie's mother and brother. This is where the movie gets confused. It can't decide if it wants to be a thoughtful examination of the coming out process or an erotic gaze at lesbian love. In the attempt to please everyone, Better Than Chocolate did little more than blandly entertain but critically confuse its audience. If taken as an erotic piece, Better Than Chocolate scores off the map with various sexy scenes. Director Ann Wheeler has no difficulty directing credible, passionate scenes. The character of Maggie's mother, Lila, is one worth watching and exploring. Wendy Crewson did a superb job shaping a character accepting and dealing with the transitions in life. This film really is the story of Lila and Judy, the transgender friend of Maggie. Wheeler would have been better off focusing on these two directly and ignoring the lust of Maggie and Kim. Conversely the director could have made a straight-up erotic film about the two lovers. Either one could have been a highly successful and interesting endeavor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/1999
  • UPC: 031398725336
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,957

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendy Crewson Lila
Karyn Dwyer Maggie
Christina Cox Kim
Ann-Marie MacDonald Frances
Peter Outerbridge Judy
Marya Delver Carla
Kevin Mundy Paul
Tony Nappo Tony
Jay Brazeau Mr. Marcus
Technical Credits
Anne Wheeler Director
Christopher Adkins Associate Producer
Graeme Coleman Score Composer
Brad Gough Costumes/Costume Designer
Alison Grace Editor
Kate King Art Director
Sharon McGowan Producer
Gael McLean Sound/Sound Designer
Seanna McPherson Asst. Director
Gregory Middleton Cinematographer
Rosamund Norbury Associate Producer
David Roberts Production Designer
Peggy Thompson Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. Ten Percent Books [2:34]
2. Phone Call [3:42]
3. Pornographic [4:16]
4. My Place [3:56]
5. Dildos [4:41]
6. Goddesses [3:01]
7. Contraband [4:51]
8. Display [7:38]
9. Ruined [5:36]
10. Chocolate [4:12]
11. "Julie Christy" [4:13]
12. Singing [2:40]
13. Dancing [3:21]
14. "I'm Not a Fucking Drag Queen" [4:23]
15. Adventurous [4:25]
16. Centers [4:12]
17. Batteries [3:14]
18. Decent [4:26]
19. Leaving [4:27]
20. Obscene [5:52]
21. Rage [4:09]
22. Explosion [3:09]
23. Resolution [3:13]
24. End Credits [4:30]
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Menu

Side #1
   Play Movie
   Commentary With Director Anne Wheeler
      Commentary On
      Commentary Off
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
   Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    i *definately* loved this movie. it's sappy lesbian romance at its best, and you can help but laugh at the situations she gets herself into.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kayla

    Great Movie! It was funny and a great love story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A movie for friends or lovers

    This movie was brilliant. It was highly original and funny. Definately a must see movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Irresistible

    Better Than Chocolate is a wonderfully humorous, interesting, sexy, quirky and encouraging film. It deals with the coming out of a lesbian to her mother and brother under some unusual circumstances. The story is optimistic in the face of an otherwise still intolerant society. It is what it is intended to be. It addresses several societal issues surrounding the characters in the story, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. It isn't supposed to. I have seen it several times and thoroughly enjoy it at each sitting. I personally loved the portrayal of the trannsexual who is a friend of the lesbian couple in the film. The film is quite original. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Denial, Fear, yet Love

    This is a great movie! It puts the emfasis on comming out and standing up for what you believe in. I can watch this move everyday and never get tired of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Lesbian Movie

    This was one of the best lesbian movies i've seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than average

    ''Better Than Chocolate'' is a funny, sexy, and thought-provoking story. The acting, writing, and storyline set a new standard for lesbian film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must See Lesbian Flick

    The Best Lesbian movie that's out. Must rent or buy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing is better than Better Than Chocolate

    My friend ad I sat down to watch this movie, not knowing what to expect. We laughed, we cried, and most importantly we related to almost every story in the movie. This movie had several stories woven together in such an intricate fashion it grasped your attention at every turn. This is one of the best, if not the best coming out/coming of age stories i have ever seen. I also loved the way it incorporated the family and friends into the story. Too bad more people won't see Better Than Chocolate. It really is a real eye-opener.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Charming

    This is not just a tale of one girl's coming (out) of age. It's the tale of several stories woven together in the most amazing way. This story is so true-to-life, I found myself saying ''Oh my gosh, that's so ME!'' Through hills and valleys of emotion, this story leads you into the best places of your imagination. It'sure to delight and destined to become a lesbian classic. It already is in my house!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Lesbian Love Story

    This is one of the best lesbian movies I have seen. The plot was so amazing, and real. I can see this happening to me! At least, I wish this type of love could happen so quickly :) This movie is good for when you are by yourself, or with your lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, sexy romp

    This is a great little comedy that explores issues of sexual politics and family relationships in touching and funny way.

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