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Michael Emil and Karen Black play people that fall into a very unlikely, funny and touching relationship.
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Nobody mixes sexy and crazy like Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces, Nashville). Black plays Zee, a paranoid New Yorker whose boyfriend has just left her. So when Eli (Michael Emil) picks her up at a cafe, she goes along with it--despite his unfortunate comb-over haircut--and the two engage in a mismatched romance. Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? can be thought of as writer-director Henry Jaglom's version of Annie Hall, with two neurotics trying to find mutual ground for love. Though the movie sometimes gets bogged down in its extensive dialogue, there are moments when both the bickering and the flirting feel remarkably genuine. Black is dynamic and makes her erratic behavior not only convincing but sympathetic. Jaglom delves into the human psyche, sometimes at the expense of story momentum, but you have to admire his willingness to let characters reveal themselves at length. --Bret FetzerAbout the Director:
The filmmaker/playwright trained in New York at The Actor s Studio, studying acting with Lee Strasberg and writing/directing with Harold Clurman. He performed in off-Broadway theatre and cabaret before coming to Hollywood under contract to Columbia Pictures, where he guest-starred on TV shows ('Gidget,' 'The Flying Nun') and was featured in a number of films, including ones directed by Jack Nicholson (Drive, He Said), Dennis Hopper (The Last Movie) and Orson Welles (The Other Side of the Wind), each of whom he eventually directed in return. Jaglom began his acclaimed filmmaking career, working with Nicholson to edit Hopper's 1969 hit Easy Rider. He made his debut as a writer/director with 1971's A SAFE PLACE, which starred Tuesday Weld, Nicholson and Welles. Since then, Jaglom has written and directed 18 more films, including TRACKS (1976), SITTING DUCKS (1980), CAN SHE BAKE A CHERRY PIE? (1983), ALWAYS (But Not Forever) (1985), SOMEONE TO LOVE (1987), NEW YEAR'S DAY(1989), EATING (1990), VENICE/VENICE (1991), BABYFEVER (1994), LAST SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS (1996), DEJA VU (1998), FESTIVAL IN CANNES (2002) and GOING SHOPPING (2004). Since selecting her to star in his 2007 HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, Jaglom has collaborated with actress Tanna Frederick on the films IRENE IN TIME (2009), QUEEN OF THE LOT (2010) and THE 'M' WORD, which is currently in post-production.
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