The ladies who lunch – and munch, breakfast, binge, dine, diet, starve and sample – are delicious in Eating, but writer-director Henry Jaglom labors over the stove too long, harming a tasty souffle.
Convening a large collection of diverse friends to celebrate a three-tiered birthday party, Lisa Richards is observing her 40th, Mary Crosby her 30th, and Marlena Giovi her 50th. There’s plenty of savvy conversation marking each passage, but mainly the birthday girls and their friends reveal how so much of their lives have been dominated by food, either as a substitute for affection or a form of self-destruction.
Richards, Crosby and Giovi are splendid, as is Frances Bergen as Richards’ mother, ultimately shedding her own covers. At the other end of the age scale, Daphna Kastner is also captivating as Giovi’s dominated daughter, plumping herself in defense. Gwen Welles stands out as a bitchy, back-biting bulemic.