Breakfast With Scot

"Excellent"

Breakfast With Scot Review


A lively, realistic tone helps make this Toronto-set comedy much more than we expect, stirring in some thoughtful themes and honest emotion.

After being badly injured during a hockey game, cocky Maple Leafs player Eric (Cavanagh) finds a new career as a sports commentator. No one knows he's gay, living with his long-term partner Sam (Shenkman). When Sam's sister-in-law dies suddenly, he inherits his 11-year-old nephew Scot (Bernett), who is far more interested in musicals than hockey ("Who's Wayne Gretzky?"). As Sam is busy with work, Eric ends up trying to bond with Scot, adapting Scot's figure-skating skills to the hockey arena even as Scot helps Eric relax his mask of masculinity.

Frankly, the plot sounds like the premise for either a bad sitcom or a lame movie farce. Fortunately, the filmmakers take a refreshingly layered route through the story, breathing new life into the fish-out-of-water foster child genre in the process. It's the well-rounded characters that make this work, as they never settle into the stereotypes they could so easily have become. And the cast is likeable and engaging.

Bernett is the discovery here, creating an effeminate young character in just 90 minutes who's just as complex as Mark Indelicato's Justin after three seasons on Ugly Betty. Scot also brings a strong tinge of emotion to the comedy as a boy grieving over his mother even as he struggles to find his identity in a new setting. And his interaction with Cavanagh is telling and entertaining, especially when Eric starts worrying that Scot might be making him too gay.

The film's overall tone is a little uneven, wavering between Mighty Ducks-style silliness and much more serious family drama, including extremely heavy themes like drugs, death and sexuality in both school and the workplace. But it's written with a natural honesty that keeps us thoroughly involved. And even when the standard movie structure kicks in for the final act, we're caught off guard by how sweet and touching the predictable finale actually is.



Breakfast With Scot

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 16th November 2007

Distributed by: Regent Releasing/here! Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Laurie Lynd

Producer: Paul Brown,

Starring: Cameron Ansell as Finn O'Brien, Benz Antoine as Greg Graham, Noah Bernett as Scot, Robin Brûlé as Ms. Paul, as Eric McNally, as Billy, Dylan Everett as Ryan Burlington, Travis Ferris as George Jr., Megan Follows as Barbara Warren, Mark Forward as Snickering Businessman, Alexander Franks as Joey Morita, Jeananne Goossen as Nula, as Bud Wilson, Kathryn Haggis as Andrea Burlington, Adam Korson as Referee, Benjamin Morehead as Hank, Billy Parrott as Security Guard #2, Alex Popovic as Walter Wodlowski, as Mildred Monterossos, Edwina Renout as Mrs. Morita, as Sam, Anna Silk as Mia, Vanessa Thompson as Carla, Jamie Ferenczi as Grocery store patron, as Joan

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