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Movie Review: I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

Alternate Title: Will Work for Food

Story: Jeff Garlin's new film is an homage to his beloved Chicago, a throw back to a simpler movie making time and a very comfortable, easy to like movie. Garlin is familiar to those Curb Your Enthusiasm fans (that would be me). As both writer and director he assembles a cast of his friends who work and play well together.

The film is a series of vignettes about a late 30 something fat comedian/actor, who still lives with his mother, schmoozes with his friends, starts a diet everyday, looks for love in all the wrong places, auditions for roles he will not get and is very, very funny. I laughed out loud a lot and smiled through most of the film.

It is about friendship, family, love and self realization. The film creeps up on you and by its end, you want to go to Chicago and hang out with this band of very likable people.

Acting: A wonderful cast of comedian/actors including, Jeff Garlin, Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt, David Pasquesi, Amy Sedaris, Dan Castellaneta, Richard Kind and Roger Bart.

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Food: Oh my. Where to begin? I know I will be leaving something out but for those foodies out there: Rice pudding, cantaloupe, pumpkin muffins, brisket, mashed potatoes, green beans, frankfurters, ice cream sundaes and without spoiling some of the laughs, much mention of hoagie shacks.

Sex Spectrum: There is discussion of sex ((or the lack of it) but no sex on camera. There is a body double used for the Sarah Silverman underwear scene.

Soundtrack: Funny

Opening Titles: A simple line of type with the name of the film.

Visual Art: Nice shots of the homey streets of Chicago.

Theater Audience: About a dozen entertained people like me.

Weather: The weather was perfect in Chicago for this film.

Sappy Factor: The ending, which ties up most of the story lines was terrific but demands a 1 for the sappy factor.

Quirky Meter: 1

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all. Did not even think about what I was going to eat after the movie.

Predictability Level: There were a few nice surprises.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: 90 minutes