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The Birthday Cake

R Released Jun 18, 2021 1h 23m Mystery & Thriller Crime Drama TRAILER for The Birthday Cake: Trailer 1 List
22% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 90% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Gio brings a cake to a memorial celebration for the 10th anniversary of his father's mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. His life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father. Read More Read Less
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Leslie Felperin Guardian Given its meandering script and absurdly grand guignol ending, it's astonishing that The Birthday Cake could attract such a starry cast. Rated: 2/5 Jul 14, 2021 Full Review Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times No matter how you slice it, this star-studded mob film still seems undercooked. Rated: 2/4 Jun 18, 2021 Full Review Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times Giannopoulos might be inexperienced, but he's canny with mood and unafraid to experiment with the rhythms of violence. I, for one, am keen to see what he does next. Jun 17, 2021 Full Review Daryl MacDonald InSession Film It's a paean to better movies and you might end up asking yourself why you didn't just watch one of those instead. Rated: C Apr 26, 2024 Full Review Susan Granger There may be a great deal of competition in the category, but I nominate this crime drama as the worst Mob movie ever made! Rated: 2/10 Jul 30, 2021 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall A barrage of mob movie cliches undermines what might have been an intriguingly offbeat tale. Rated: 2/5 Jul 22, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve C More muddled than the batter used for baking a cake. Oh yeah, happy birthday....enjoy your slice of cake. There's a widowette party going on too. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/25/24 Full Review Peter R Complete mess. Would not advise watching. Everything about it confused. Poor acting, even from the big names. Amateurish. Story could have been good if done differently. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/14/24 Full Review Damian P This film was genuinely unclear, underwhelming and lacked clear direction. Also noting you can't understand one word that Uncle Angelo speaks throughout the entire movie (which I found to be ridiculous and unnecessary). Some genuine stars cast here as well as stating its a combination of 'Layer Cake and The Godfather' in the movie description (absolutely reaching) it was all too promising but what an absolute let down in the end. Some poor audio too which didn't help. Giving it two stars as it was entertaining in some moments and nice to see some familiar faces however ultimately it missed the bar. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/10/24 Full Review Sean C Realistic take on crime families a raw and gritty film with a vintage feel and way of storytelling, big indie vibe that used to be a staple in Hollywood before the transformer marvel era that has made art like this film hard to sell. This would have been box office gold in 95, but art is not appropriated these days. Gotta love the ramble and flow and concept of this whole film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/21/23 Full Review Tom C Different vibe from most of this genre which took a while to get used to. But as it progresses you get drawn in and the suspense builds in anticipation of something nasty unfolding which it does. Van Kilmer was great and still exudes on screen charisma. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/09/22 Full Review Audience Member Great Cast! But… The acting, script, cinematography, music…. Horrific. An embarrassing film for all who were involved. A real cinematic steaming pile of sh*t! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/17/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Gio brings a cake to a memorial celebration for the 10th anniversary of his father's mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. His life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father.
Jimmy Giannopoulos
Diomedes Raul Bermudez, Carlos Cuscó, Shiloh Fernandez, Siena Oberman, Danny Sawaf
Diomedes Raul Bermudez, Shiloh Fernandez, Jimmy Giannopoulos
Screen Media Films
Production Co
Tucci & Company, SSS Entertainment, Carte Blanche Film, Glanzrock Productions, Artemis, Foton Pictures, Purpose Films, Oceana Studios, SSS Film Capital
R (Pervasive Language|Nudity|Drug Use|Some Sexual References|Violence)
Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 18, 2021, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 18, 2021
1h 23m
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