Aniston shows range, but 'Cake' overloaded with angst

January 22, 2015 1:22 PM

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In "Cake," an exercise in epic misery that has less to do with genuine suffering than with winning its star some acting cred, Jennifer Aniston plays Claire Bennett, a well-to-do Los Angeleno whose face and body are mottled with small, hard scars.

In the opening scene, Claire sits in the circle of a woman's chronic-pain support group. It takes a while to discover the details of Claire's particular physical, and emotional, agony, but it takes only a minute for her to toss angry barbs at her earnest comrades. One of their members has jumped off...

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