‘Feast of Love’ movie review: Morgan Freeman stars in mawkish adaptation


A mawkish adaptation of the Charles Baxter novel, Robert Benton´s Feast of Love feels insincere throughout despite a likable cast and efficient direction.

Morgan Freeman stars as Harry Stevenson, professor-on-leave who has recently lost his son, and now observes the lives and loves of those around him

In particular: coffee shop owner Bradley Thomas (Greg Kinnear), whose wife (Selma Blair) has just left him for a woman, and now moves in next door to Harry with bad girl real estate agent Diana (Radha Mitchell).

There´s also young love between Bradley´s employees Oscar (Toby Hemmingway) and Chloe (Alexa Davalos), who sticks with Toby despite his abusive father (Fred Ward) and a prophetic warning from a psychic.

Well-meaning film intends to be an exploration of the strange nature of love, but all-too-blatant set-ups and ill-defined characters result in an entirely shallow experience.

There´s also plenty of female nudity, which doesn’t do the otherwise tame film any favors, but helps to pass the time.

Material is strictly Lifetime Movie of the Week; taken on that level, though, it mostly succeeds.

Feast of Love


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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