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It’s a drag to see Jennifer Aniston in the sort of sour role that US drama Cake offers her Discuss this article

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It’s a drag to see Jennifer Aniston in the sort of sour role that US drama Cake offers her – and one that gives her very little leeway to flex her comic chops or her natural way with a seen-it-all sigh. She plays Claire, a brittle LA ex-lawyer suffering chronic muscle pain due to some horrible, unspecified accident that’s left scars on her face and limbs; the film’s infuriatingly coy script also tells us that her young son has died, turning the movie into a morbid guessing game.

Cake chokes you on its self-seriousness, even as it trots out potentially interesting supporting players. There’s a widower (Sam Worthington) who needs cheering up and a long-suffering Mexican maid (Adriana Barraza). Aniston might have saved the show if uninspiring director Daniel Barnz had allowed her to cut against the bleakness and turn Claire’s pill-popping haze into something darkly comic, but that never comes.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

Cake

  • Duration: 102
  • Released: Wed, 15 Apr
  • Language: English
  • Director: Daniel Barnz
  • Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick

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