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19:37 | 09th December 2018

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Mon 8 Feb, 2010
By Robert Ingham


This is a warm, funny and likeable movie and I defy you to not be left with a lump in your throat by the end.

Film - Breakfast with Scot: Words: Robert Ingham

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Breakfast with Scot is a pitch-perfect comedy about gay couple Eric and Sam who, after Sam’s sister Julie is found dead, end up looking after her son Scot as they wait for her boyfriend Billie to return from Brazil and be Scot’s legal guardian. Unfortunately Billie has gone AWOL and doesn’t seem too keen to rush back and carry out Julie’s wishes. Eric is a former hockey player turned sports broadcaster whilst Sam is a sport’s lawyer, and they happily live together until their world is flipped upside down by the arrival of the eleven year-old boy, who prefers to sing Christmas carols (in October) and cook pancakes than watch sport. After looking inside his duffel bag, instead of boy’s toys they find a musical hairbrush and a sparkly wand, leading Eric to suspect that Scot might be a little more out of the closet than he realises.



However, Scot is extremely comfortable is his own skin, and the comedy mounts as he unintentionally causes embarrassment to Eric, who is out to everyone apart from those at work.


What makes this film work in particular is the wonderful turn from Noah Bernett who plays Scot. After a rather clunky start, Noah’s natural acting and comic timing quickly wins you over, and some of the lines he comes out with are placed beautifully. For example, when he goes to the shopping mall with Eric he yells out, bags over each arm, “I’m going to look for shoes!” It sounds clichéd but it is effective because this is a boy who has been brought up to be himself and not be ashamed of who he is.


This is a warm, funny and likeable movie and I defy you to not be left with a lump in your throat by the end. Having said that, it is never over-sentimental, which so many Hollywood comedies have a habit of becoming, and it is all the better for it. The writer has done a great job of translating Michael Downing’s novel for the screen, putting a mirror up to our own personal insecurities and showing us that we all have prejudices, even if we don’t realise it.


The moral is apparent – sometimes seeing life through the eyes of a child is clearer than if we try to use the knowledge and wisdom of our years to be who we want to be. If we were a little more like Scot we’d all be in a better place. And probably, from time to time, covered in make-up.


This is a TLA Releasing film.

 

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