Better Than Chocolate is one of my all-time favorite movies. I still remember watching it in the theater with my friend, Ndelea, and all the rush of emotions that went through me the entire time I was watching it. The cinematography is excellent and makes you feel as if you are actually there in person, like a fly on the wall.
Peter Outerbridge’s portrayal of Judy is superb. When Judy sings “I’m not a F**king Drag Queen”, despite the fact that the song is actually very funny, the pain that Judy feels over not being accepted as a woman is felt with every word. It is by far one of the best moments in the film.
Another classic moment in the film is when Lila, portrayed by Wendy Crewson, discovers the liberation of masturbation. Lila is a woman who has no friends, is suffering a divorce, and has found herself disconnected from her daughter.
When she finds the box of toys she is at first confused but curiosity takes control and she learns that she can pleasure herself and let go of all that baggage.
As she approaches orgasm she is compelled to put down the chocolate she had been obsessively eating. The scene is spectacularly set to classical music and you are lifted up with Lila as she reaches her climax.
The lives of these characters are so complex and their stories are told so well that you become swept up in their pain and struggle to be themselves, to find love, and to be accepted. If you haven’t seen this film, definitely add it to your weekend watch list. If you have seen it, tell me your thoughts in the comments below.