Wolfe announced this past week that writer/director David Au’s absolutely beautiful generational dramedy, Eat With Me, will be making its DVD debut on June 2.
Emma (Sharon Omi), a dutiful Chinese-American housewife, literally awakes one night to discover that her marriage has come to an end. She has few options, so she turns to her estranged son, Elliot (Teddy Chen Culver), who is both gay and failing in his stab at running a restaurant. The last thing he needs right now is his mom staying with him!!!
She doesn’t understand (or perhaps, accept) his sexual proclivities and he’s frustrated, not only with his relationship with her, but with his relationships in general and his pending failure as a chef and restaurateur.
With the help of his neighbor, Maureen (the incredibly funny Nicole Sullivan — The Family Guy, Cougar Town, The King of Queens, MADtv, etc.), who acts therapist, confidant and “Greek Chorus,” an understanding is reached and the skill-set that his mother possesses (the ability to cook) becomes the bridge that unites mother and son.
What makes Eat With Me so enjoyable is that Sharon Omi always has this understated look of “huh?” on her face … and filmmaker David Au takes full advantage of it with a cameo appearance by Star Trek’s George Takei as himself. He has a one-on-one conversation with her about her son’s sexual orientation and she doesn’t have a clue as to who he really is … again, it’s an expression of “huh?”