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'Eating'

March 27, 1994|Kevin Thomas

With this 1990 hit, independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom continues his intimate, spontaneous, but always compassionate observations of compulsively neurotic human behavior--and reveals his ongoing fascination with women. In essence, "Eating" is "The Women" of the '90s: An attractive Hancock Park matron (Lisa Blake Richards, center) throws a 40th birthday party for herself and for a friend turning 30 (Mary Crosby, left) and one turning 50 (Marlena Giovi, right). The only woman among 38 not obsessed with food and dieting is played with radiance and wit by Frances Bergen, one of Hollywood's enduring beauties (and mother of Candice) (Lifetime Saturday at 8 p.m.).

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