A movie about love and broken hearts, Feast of Love is a decent but forgettable comedy-drama that boasts a good cast and an okay story, but a weak third act. Greg Kinnear, Morgan Freeman, Radha Mitchell and Selma Blair star, among several other recognizable actors, as people who all fall in love with someone - or more than one person - throughout the course of the movie.
It's been a few months since I watched the movie, and since it failed to leave many lasting impressions, I can't really remember a ton about it. The movie, directed by Robert Benton, focuses on several different couples or people who are at different stages of love. Kinnear, who the film somewhat revolves around, plays Bradley, a man who loves his wife (Blair) deeply, but completely ignores the fact that she's falling in love with another woman. His friend, Harry (Freeman), is much more observant and wise, and has the tendency to relay what he sees to his wife of many years. Meanwhile, Bradley moves on and falls in love with another woman (Mitchell), but she isn't perfect, either.
Screenwriter Allison Burnett, working from the novel by Charles Baxter, establishes a group of unique and interesting characters. In turn, the actors all deliver decent performances. For Kinnear and Freeman, Feast of Love comes off as a bit lightweight for them, as it is neither dramatic nor funny. Freeman seems like an add-on character, while Kinnear is a bit absurd, but the two still hold their own well enough. Nevertheless, good acting and good writing doesn't mean much if the movie doesn't have a point, and Feast of Love really doesn't have one.
The movie at times seems like a romantic comedy, then a romantic drama, then just a drama about romance, but ultimately it gets lost in its own web. I don't even remember how the movie ends, nor do I really care. I figure some of the characters end up together and others don't, and that's about where they started. The groundwork is laid, but the pieces never get put together in the end. Feast of Love feels incomplete or, at its best, simply forgettable.
Feast of Love has its moments and is fairly harmless, but it offers no reasonable argument as to why anyone should spend their money or time watching the movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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