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Better Than Chocolate ____________________________________
Better Than Chocolate
I.D. 9114 & dvd_0101, Unrated
1999, 102 min.
Directed by Anne Wheeler


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5-Star Film! 

Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Wendy Crewson, Ann-marie MacDonald, Peter Outerbridge & Kevin Mundy.

[CC] A sexy romp of love and lust with surprising results. Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) meets the woman of her dreams Kim (Christina Cox) just hours before her mother, Lilia (Wendy Crewson), and brother, Paul (Kevin Mundy), move in with her. When the four end up sharing a loft, Maggie believes she must keep her affair a secret but it is Maggie's clandestine romance that inadvertently introduces her family to a host of new experiences, all of which are potentially better than chocolate.

"BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE" won the Millivres Multimedia Audience Award for Most Popular Film at the 1999 London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and was winner of the Best Feature Film Audience Award at Inside Out, the 1999 Toronto Lesbian & Gay film Festival.

The soundtrack includes songs by Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco, Bif Naked and Ferron among others.

DVD Features
Region 1 playable only (US and Canada), letterboxed, director commentary, spanish & french subtitles, trailer, scene access & interactive menus.

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A movie like this comes around only once in a while. A wonderfully well-written, well-cast and well-acted film that hits its mark. A story of young love between two adorable girls is the basis for the film, and there are many great and interesting sub-plots along the way. I especially enjoyed the character of "Judy", a pre-op trans. searching for acceptance in the community, 'her' character is super fun and very well acted. Now let's address what we REALLY want to know: how were the love scenes?! Quite nice actually, and there are a few of them, very sweet and fun, you won't go wanting in this department. This is a very enjoyable film with many memorable scenes, you'll find yourself thinking about this movie long after the VCR is turned off.

Speaking as someone who had to have the significance of "Ten Percent Books" explained to him ("No, it's NOT a discount bookstore!"), I thought the movie was very good, but uneven. Wendy Crewson as Lilia played the 'Mom' character to the hilt, and Peter Outerbridge had some incredible acting moments with his gentle transvestite character 'Judith'. There were several characters who never went anywhere, though, who were introduced but never developed. Also, the plot device of the state's attempts to shut down the bookstore wasn't fully exploited, and was left dangling by the end. Still, regardless of these little problems, the movie was a lot of fun! Watch for the body-painting scene, very creative and sexy!

This is probably my all-time favorite film. There's plenty to feast on here - love, sex, angst, drama, comedy, and dead-on performances. You have to watch it more than once to fully appreciate how well it's done.

The two main characters - a drifting artist and a lesbian bookstore clerk - have fantastic chemistry that's palpable from the very first time they meet (and what a meeting!).

Laugh after laugh and laugh after laugh. That's the best thing about this movie and it will keep you going back for more. With the essential girl-meets-girl, girl-gets-girl, girl-loses-girl, girl-gets-girl-back plot that's anything but predictable, the story is greatly accentuated by the cast of supporting characters and the subplots they all take part in. Although I love them all - especially the jumpy firecracker bookstore owner - Judy has ended up being my favorite particularly because of the friendship she forges with the main character's recently divorced June Cleaver of a mom.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the bookstore's legal and hate crime woes kind of' leave you guessing in the end as to where that ends up, but, with everything else going on and all the laughs at the quirky couplings and friendships, it was the least of my worries. The final scene is very romantic, and very satisfying.

Well I thought the wonderful actress Wendy Crewson stole the show in this very enjoyable video. She played Lila the jilted mother who at first plays a rather annoying, nosey and rather whiney character but really blossoms into a very "now" independent woman by the time the video concludes. Only an actress of Crewson's talent could have pulled that off as superbly as she did. It was nice to watch her character gradually transformed from a dowdy mom fast approaching middle age into a very attractive sexy down right babe.

Her tender and sympathetic relationship with the trans-sexual Judy - also expertly portrayed by Peter Outerbidge was also nice to see.

This video covered a lot of issues and social themes; everything from the obligatory intolerant males, Bisexuality, government censorship issues, intolerant lesbians (that's correct), transgender issues and oh yes lest we forget a nice lesbian romance.

Almost drowned out was the very satisfying love affair between Maggie played by attractive Karyn Dwyer and Kim portrayed by sexy Christine Cox. Their on screen rapport was very palpable from the get go. The sexual energy and lust that was evident between the two gave one the impression that they were real life lovers off screen (perhaps?). There were three sex scenes between Cox and Dwyer all of which were a turn on. I only wish that with all the other things going on in this video Director Ann Wheeler could have found some space for an additional sex scene between the lovers just to remind us all why we bought this video.

Very well done (if too heavy on the storyline side) lez comedy. Both women were very hot (the short-haired blonde being incredibly hot) and showed honest growth as their relationship expanded.

The downside of these types of lesbian movies is too much yapping and male involvement. Another (HUGE) downer is interrupting a love scene too soon. As with most of these story driven type movies, best if you can rent them first. if you feel it served its purpose then buy it.

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I agree with one other reviewers wholeheartedly: too much yapping, male involvement, and it was a HUGE downer when the love scene was interrupted. The director is obviously an enormous tease. Boooo. Also, unlike other reviewers, I didn't enjoy the other content involved with the movie. Decent acting, but I was bored.

The movie was very nice, the plot believable, and you could really get to know the characters. I wish there could have been a few more bare-belly scenes and more smooching between the two stars of the movie.

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