Feast of Love (R)
Drama 102 September 28, 2007
Based on then-University of Michigan professor Charles Baxters 2000 novel, Feast of Love transposes the setting from an idealized Ann Arbor to an idealized Portland, Oregon, where men play touch football on the grassy lawns of Portland State University while philosophy professors mingle with students in a coffee shop called Jitters. The café in question is run by Bradley (Greg Kinnear), an eager fellow who has no luck with the ladies. After his first wife leaves him for another woman, Bradley immediately gets hitched again to Diana (Radha Mitchell), a real-estate agent who doesnt believe in true love. Meanwhile, Bradleys two troubled young baristas are falling in mad, mad love over the cappuccinos that they decorate with foam hearts. But two couples do not make a 2007 intersecting-storyline movie, so, yes, theres yet another relationship: Morgan Freeman and Jane Alexander are in old-people love, which means that they hug a lot and drink wine together in their creaky-floored, tastefully decorated Victorian home. Feast lays out an interesting project for itself to catalog the look and feel of relationships at different stages in our lives. But for a film that purports to be an epic consideration of Love in Our Time, its strikingly uninterested in any but the most obvious kind of romantic love. In this rosy, cozy world, either you fall for someone in the blink of an eye or you never do.