What Is the "Feast of Love" Movie About?

by Scott Cornell

"Feast of Love" is a 2007 romantic dramatic comedy based on the novel by author Charles Baxter. It's tag line states that it's "a story for anyone with an appetite for love." It has a running time of 101 minutes and is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. Although it featured an impressive cast, the film only had a budget of $1.7 million. It opened to only 1,200 screens and grossed just over $3.5 million over its run.

Plot

"Feast of Love" is set in an Oregon town and follows the stories of various men and women touched by love. According to IMDb.com, Bradley is a hopeless romantic who looks for love in all the wrong places. There's also the story of Harry, a wise professor who must deal with the loss of a loved one. Finally, there's the story of Chloe, a young woman who dates a troubled man. Other characters are featured with their own love conundrums.

Characters

The characters in the movie are as diverse as the different stories that are portrayed. Actor Greg Kinnear plays Bradley, a coffee shop owner who dates a woman who is all wrong for him -- Kathryn, played by Selma Blair. Morgan Freeman plays Harry Stevenson, who watches the town's residents become swept up in love as he deals with his own personal issues. Rounding out the cast is Chloe Barlow, played by Alexa Davalos, and David Watson, played by Billy Burke, who struggle with a bad romance and an affair, respectively.

Themes

"Feast of Love" isn't a movie packed with underlying themes. It's simply about love. Specifically, an exploration of the mystery, magic and pain of love. It takes the viewer through various relationships, dissecting their complexities. It's a character drama. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film is shot so that each of the character's lives intersect each other, inspired by William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Reception

"Feast of Love" received mixed reviews, both by audiences and critics. According to the website Rotten Tomatoes, which accumulates both user and critic reviews, only 40 percent of 113 critics gave the film a positive review. Its average rating by critics is 5.3 out of 10. As of 2011, out of 115,409 user rankings, 56 percent liked the movie. It scores an average user ranking of 3.1 out of 5 stars.