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Ghost Canyon

'I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With'
(Dan Castellaneta, Sara Silverman, Jeff Garlin, et al / DVD / NR / (2006) 2008 / Genius Products)

Overview: I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With is a movie about overweight actor James Aaron (Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin) who lives with his mother (Mina Kolb) and hasn't had a relationship with a woman in five years. Incredibly picky about the roles he plays, James hasn't landed many acting jobs recently either, although he is the host of a junk television show. Finding solace in conversations with his friend Luca (David Pasquesi) and through eating junk food, this societal misfit walks out of an Overeaters Anonymous meeting in search of satisfaction and meaning only to enter a random ice cream parlor where he encounters Beth (Sara Silverman), an oversexed woman who takes an immediate liking to him.

DVD Verdict: This quirky romantic comedy's realistic depiction of a lonely guy looking for love is sure to please fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin. The film is based on the exploits of an overweight, aging actor named James Aaron (Garlin). James lives at home with his mom, has been overly picky about which roles he'll play (and therefore never gets any work beyond an awful job hosting a prank-related TV show), and has no luck with women. He also has a strange obsession with Ernest Borgnine's character in the 1955 Delbert Mann feature MARTY.

But an aborted attempt at attending Overeaters Anonymous meetings leads the rotund actor to one of his favorite places, the ice cream parlor, where he enjoys a surprising flirtation with the cute-but-somewhat-unhinged Beth (Sarah Silverman). Garlin's brief, 80-minute long feature is strung along by a loose plot that is really just a CURB-style basis for the talented comic to deliver a series of jokes with his comedian friends.

In a wedged-in cameo and looking quite a bit like Jerri Blank, Sedaris plays the school's counselor who speaks to James after his inappropriate monologue. David Pasquesi plays Luca, a retirement home manager, and his scenes with Garlin have an easy rapport that makes their friendship easy to believe. Almost stealing the movie is character actress Mina Kolb, who plays James' pixilated mother with pluck and heart.

Supporting roles come from luminaries such as Bonnie Hunt and Gina Gershon among others, and while the humor sometimes delves into deliciously crude wisecracks, a genuine feeling of empathy for James simmers to the surface as the film reaches its final act. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

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