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Cake is re­ally all about one thing – re­mind­ing peo­ple that Jen­nifer Anis­ton can ac­tu­ally act, de­spite many the­o­ries to the con­trary. And in that ca­pac­ity it’s a very suc­cess­ful piece of work.

The 46 year old actress is a bit of a rev­e­la­tion here. She’s delved into the dra­matic world be­fore, but it’s been more than a decade since she starred in The Good Girl and her re­cent big screen ef­forts have tended to be spotty com­edy fare for the most part. But Claire is a com­plex and finely crafted char­ac­ter here. The scars are ob­vi­ous on her face and body but they’re just as no­tice­able in her man­ner and her mind. In fact, the scars might even de­tract from Anis­ton’s per­for­mance which sidesteps the cliché of be­ing merely bitchy to in­stead show some­thing a heck of a lot more im­pact­ful: a woman who is bat­tling some­thing she might not be able to over­come. It’s a gen­uinely im­pres­sive star­ring role for the for­mer Friends actress, but Anis­ton man­ages to make it feel raw and real with ap­par­ent ease, rarely sink­ing to a mo­ment of grand­stand­ing for the sake of it. The high praise for her per­for­mance is fully jus­ti­fied. Un­for­tu­nately the rest of the film never quite lives up to that prom­ise. The nar­ra­tive is a me­an­der­ing beast, with the end of the story al­ways in doubt. That works up to a point, but the sec­ond hour re­ally starts to drag as mi­nor char­ac­ters are in­tro­duced with no real pur­pose and the things start to get tire­some. The film is ab­so­lutely worth seek­ing out for Anis­ton’s per­for­mance alone, try­ing to sur­vive with a com­plex se­ries of choices and con­se­quences which would be in­cred­i­bly hard to live with. But the whole af­fair never re­ally finds its feet, with an overly long run­ning time and lit­tle for the ac­com­plished sup­port­ing cast to do.

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