Sitting in Bars with Cake is a heartwarming film that follows the journey of two best friends, Jane and Corinne, as they navigate life in Los Angeles in their twenties. Inspired by true events, the film is a celebration of female friendship, forging identity, and finding joy in the most unexpected places.
At its core, Sitting in Bars with Cake is a story about taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone. Corinne, the ultimate extrovert, convinces her shy-but-extremely-talented home baker best friend Jane to commit to a year of baking cakes and bringing them to bars with the goal of meeting people and developing confidence – also known as “cakebarring.” Through their journey, Jane and Corinne learn to embrace their strengths and weaknesses, ultimately discovering the importance of accepting themselves for who they are.
During their year of “cakebarring,” Corinne receives a life-altering diagnosis, and the pair face a challenge unlike anything they’ve experienced before. The film sensitively portrays the impact of illness on friendship, and how true friends are there for each other in times of need.
Sitting in Bars with Cake isn’t only a madcap joyride through some of L.A.’s most colorful watering holes. It’s a moving celebration of female friendship and the struggles that come with forging an identity in your twenties. The film showcases how a single, carefree decision can lead to unexpected joy, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.
The film is directed by Trish Sie, known for her work on films like Step Up All In and Pitch Perfect 3. The screenplay was written by Audrey Shulman, adapted from her book of the same name. The film features a star-studded cast that includes Yara Shahidi, Odessa A’zion, Bette Midler, Ron Livingston, Maia Mitchell, Charlie Morgan Patton, Simone Recasner, Rish Shah, Aaron Dominguez, Will Ropp, Adina Porter, and Navid Negahban.
The film’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Matthew Clark (“30 Rock,” Set It Up), production designer Tracy Dishman (Black Bear, Other People), costume designer Ciara Whaley (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train), editor Lauren Connelly (“Gaslit,” “Masters of Sex”), and culinary producer/food stylist Megan Potthoff (“MasterChef”).
Sitting in Bars with Cake is a film that captures the essence of friendship, identity, and unexpected joy. It is a story that everyone can relate to, reminding us that sometimes the greatest joy in life can come from the simplest of things. The film is a celebration of women and the power of female friendship, and is a must-watch for anyone looking for a heartwarming, uplifting story. Check out the trailer here and see it on Amazon Prime on September 8th, 2023.