`Feast' seems rather meager

Rich, lyrical novel is condensed into inadequate script

Review C

September 28, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Feast of Love, Charles Baxter's 308-page novel about quasi-love, half-love and the undeniable real thing, comes to the screen as an upscale banquet processed like fast food. In print, it was a leisurely, poetic account of how soul mating and sex mating bewilder or restore a group of college-town acquaintances. Director Robert Benton's film is a rushed and ludicrous amorous mash up.

Allison Burnett's screenplay so haplessly reshapes, compresses and simplifies the action that even peaks of wistful wisdom true to the book, such as pivotal character Bradley Smith's notion that every relationship has a perfect day, register as greeting-card bromides.

Feast of Love (MGM) Starring Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell, Selma Blair, Alexa Davalos. Directed by Robert Benton. Rated R. Time 93 minutes.

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