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... way to spend 90 mins or so. This "small film" has a big heart and made me laugh & cry & cheer! Very closeted Eric & Sam unexpectedly have flamboyant & uninhibited child Scot thrust upon them & their lives are never the same again. Scot's only 11yrs old - whether he really is gay or not is besides the point. What causes the friction is that he's the complete opposite of his two new "dads" - he's not learned to change his behaviour to suit the opinions of others. Will his time with the adults change their lives - you betcha! The actors playing Eric & Scot give perfect performances and nail their respective characters. The role of Sam is a bit grey I thought, he was supposed to be the more sensitive of the two but he actually often seemed the colder more aloof character. Eric may have disliked the kid at first sight but at least it was some response, whereas Sam seemed just blank. Another reviewer also noted the lack of chemistry between Eric & Sam and I would have to agree... unless the director was trying to show how the "keep your distance" attitude the two adopted in public all the time had spilled over into their private time as well? Not sure - but Sam's pale performance in what should have been an important 3-way relationship, is the only thing that stops me giving this 5 stars. As long as you're not expecting a strong romance angle between the 2 male leads, you should thoroughly enjoy this film.
`Breakfast with Scot' is an amusing and heart-warming (yuk!) tale set in modern-day Toronto. Sam's a lawyer; his other half Eric is a sports commentator and ex-hockey player. Into their lives arrives eleven-year-old Scot, Sam's brother's dead ex-girlfriend's son. Sam and Eric have to look after Scot until Sam's brother comes to collect him.
So far, so good storyline. The twist of course is that Scot is not your `normal' eleven-year-old. I won't give the game away, but when Scot tells Sam and Eric that he only likes musicals, you'll get the picture. Into the mix is the fact that Eric is very much in the closet.
The film features fine acting from all concerned. Viewers may recognise the actor playing Sam (Ben Shenkman) from `Angels in America'. I am told by my partner that the guy who plays Eric (Tom Cavanagh) was in `Northern Exposure'. They have a good supporting cast.
There's much mirth in this tale. It would make a Christmas present for any gay friend. Alas, there are no extras.
Not the best gay flick I've seen, but still a worthwhile viewing. It's a nice film and a slightly different situation with the child being effiminate instead of the adults. Good gay films with children have been done better several times, such as "Bear Cub", and "Adored" to name a couple. The difference here is that now the child is (apparently) gay while the homophobic gay couple, suddenly left to raise him, is trying to come to terms.
I expected better. At times the film felt contrived and was predictable. A lot of fuss was made over the endorsement by the canadian hockey league.
Worth a look and something slightly different but not a need to own, (which I do, bought it first). Enjoy
This film was a little surprise. It's very funny and very sweet and it's a good choice for the festive season. It's almost as nice as Patrik 1.5. And in comparison to most gay films out there, Breakfast with Scot has good acting!
This is an excellent story about being pushed to conform to society, and coming out of the closet. I thoroughly enjoyed the acting, especially the boy who played Scot. It's a movie that makes you feel good, and glad you watched it. I had already seen the movie and wanted to own it, I enjoyed it that much!
The movie is comfortable with the awkwardness of the situations. The out-ish couple, the flamboyant kid and the totally non-responsible "sort of" stepdad, all have moments of less than great behavior. Humans being human without the judgmental tone and the remarkable moment of redemption that so many movie have.
The characters plod forward and you get the sense that the will make it but the progress is at a believable pace. And there is some real humor - with characters saying politically incorrect things that "ring real".
A very enjoyable film for this genre. I like how it's something you could watch with children or family members and not feel uncomfortable. While it may not win any prestigious mainstream awards, I enjoyed watching this and am glad to have it in my collection.
Tom Cavanagh is adorkable as always.
I feel like this is definitely made for families, or people who are uncomfortable with homosexual couples raising kids, in mind. The title and the breakfasts together in the film seemed like a last minute decision added to get a cutesy name, it wasn't necessarily sucessful at showing a progression of their family relationship...the rest of the storyline took care of that.
Enjoyed this film's original plot, but had a few issues. I understand that the one guy had a problem with public displays of affection, but there were few private displays of affection, almost like they were afraid to show two men affectionate towards each other. Tom Cavanagh is adorable and could be sexy, but not in this film. Also, as a gay parent of a gay son, I have some connection to the story and I felt that some of the action was a bit forced and not realistic, but put there to move the plot along. Overall, I enjoyed it; I just felt that it could have been better.