Have you seen Cake?
It’s a real movie about chronic pain. If you have seen it, we’d love to know what you think. Fill out this survey and we will share the results with you in the coming days.
In a limited release, it actually had a pretty good opening this past weekend, which is surprising given all the competition it has faced with moves that have Academy Award aspirations.
If you haven’t seen it, try to see it this weekend. Here’s the trailer. I’m going to see it this weekend and will share my thoughts in a separate piece, although, in the palace of truth, I’m no movie critic. Those who suffer from chronic pain will watch it and decide whether it’s real…or real enough.
It has a big star–Jennifer Aniston. She is, it is fair to say, one of this country’s cinematic sweethearts. To her credit, she shed that image for this movie. She stopped working out and looks, well let’s just say it, quite haggard. She plays a chronic pain patient and the movie chronicles a painful journey, from what we hear. She was executive produce of this movie, which is Hollywood talk for “I have the power to make this movie even though I’d never be picked to play this role.” Here’s an article that talks about that angle.
Good for her for trying. She probably was looking for something like an Academy Award nomination–she didn’t get one.
It should be said that Hollywood has been all about cinema verite this season. American Sniper, The Imitation Game and Selma are just three major releases that are based on real life.
But is there anything more real than suffering from chronic pain? And does Aniston and this movie capture that reality?
Those of you that are loyal National Pain Report visitors and readers know that we have tried to talk about this issue honestly and provocatively in the last couple of years.
Part of that effort is making sure that we hear from you.
So don’t disappoint.
Let us know what you think about this film, whether Hollywood treats chronic pain honestly, and whether you think this film is going to help increase understanding about chronic pain.
Chronic pain doesn’t normally get attention from Hollywood. Now that it has, it’s up to all of us to tell them how they did.