Cake (2014 film)

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For the 2005 romantic comedy, see Cake (2005 film).
Cake poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Daniel Barnz
Produced by Mark Canton
Kristin Hahn
Courtney Solomon
Ben Barnz
Jennifer Aniston
Stephanie Caleb
Elizabeth Destro
Written by Patrick Tobin
Starring Jennifer Aniston
Adriana Barraza
Felicity Huffman
William H. Macy
Anna Kendrick
Sam Worthington
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Rachel Morrison
Edited by Kristina Boden
Distributed by Cinelou Releasing
Release dates
  • September 8, 2014 (2014-09-08) (TIFF)[1]
  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23)[2]
Running time 102 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7-10 million[4]

Cake is a 2014 American drama film written by Patrick Tobin, directed by Daniel Barnz, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington. It debuted in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[5] Aniston portrays an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group. As she uncovers the details of the suicide, she grapples with her own personal demons.

Aniston's performance has earned nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award.

The film has been selected to close the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival on January 2, 2015.[6]



On February 10, 2014, it was announced that Jennifer Aniston will play the lead in Cake.[7] Daniel Barnz, the director, said "Of the zillions of Jennifer Aniston fans, I might be the biggest one of all. I've especially loved her more dramatic performances, and I can’t wait to watch her tackle a role that has such a brilliantly funny voice and so much raw pain (hats off to writer Patrick Tobin). I’m honored to be collaborating with Ben, Kristin and Courtney, and it’s exciting that Cake will be the first film under the Cinelou banner. It feels like we’re all taking a leap of faith together, and that’s pretty thrilling.".[7] On March 15, Mexican actress Adriana Barraza is also announced in the cast of the drama.[8] The rest of the cast was revealed on April 1.[9]

Principal photography, which took place in Los Angeles, began April 3, 2014[10] and ended May 6.[11]


Cake will be released in select theatres in December 2014, before going on general release on January 23, 2015.[2]


At the Toronto premiere, the cast received a standing ovation. Aniston's and Barraza's performances have been acclaimed by the critics, being deemed "Oscar-worthy" by some.[12]

Most critical reviews have been mixed and it currently holds a 45% "Rotten" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 4.9/10.[13] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews"[14]


Award Category Recipient Result
People Magazine Award Movie Performance of the Year - Actress Jennifer Aniston Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Pending
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Pending
Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress Pending


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