Ethically Made Film
Jeff Garlin hosts screening of 'I Want Someone To
Eat Cheese With' at IFC Center.
Originally published in Jester's Blog, 9/9/07
David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" sidekick Jeff Garlin gets to step out on
his own with "I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With," a sweet and amusing
film, seen at the IFC Center Sept. 8 with Garlin taking questions in
person afterward (Now on DVD, to purchase,
click here or see below).
With "Cheese," Garlin gets to be the protagonist instead of the straight
man to David's lunacy (which returns for its new season tonight, by the
way). The film feels less constructed and more real than "Curb" (not
that there's anything wrong with "Curb," to borrow a phrase from its
maker). Garlin portrays all the moments of awkwardness and not getting
it right in romance that we're all familiar with.
At the showing, Garlin is inevitably asked about David, and his opinion
of the movie. In a quick impersonation of David, Garlin answered that he
didn't like the title ending with a preposition. "You can't do that,"
Garlin mimicked. But it is important to note that Garlin made a point of
not asking David for financing for the movie. "I didn't want the movie
to be seen as just a favor Larry did," said Garlin. "He gets asked for
money all the time. And believe me that would have been a lot easier and
taken a lot less time than doing it the way I did (of raising funds
piecemeal from different sources)."
So not only is "Cheese" a good movie, one can actually see it knowing it
was made ethically by a mensch, which might be a rare thing these days.