Breakfast With Scot

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Overview

A decidedly non-stereotypical gay male couple finds their efforts to keep their personal and professional lives completely separate challenged by the arrival of the gay nephew whose presence threatens to reveal their closely guarded secret in director Laurie Lynd's drama. Eric Tom Cavanagh is a former professional hockey player who now works as a broadcaster at a major sports network. Of course, Eric's colleagues have no clue about the outwardly masculine sportscaster's true sexuality, and the same can be said ...
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Overview

A decidedly non-stereotypical gay male couple finds their efforts to keep their personal and professional lives completely separate challenged by the arrival of the gay nephew whose presence threatens to reveal their closely guarded secret in director Laurie Lynd's drama. Eric Tom Cavanagh is a former professional hockey player who now works as a broadcaster at a major sports network. Of course, Eric's colleagues have no clue about the outwardly masculine sportscaster's true sexuality, and the same can be said about his longtime partner, Sam Ben Shenkman, a lawyer. Now, despite successfully keeping their sexuality a secret for some time, happy couple Eric and Sam find their livelihood threatened with the arrival of Sam's nephew Scot Noah Bernett -- whose mother has just died and whose responsibility-shirking father is currently out of town. Scot is an expert in the subjects of knitting and show tunes, but when it comes to the topic of sports he just can't be bothered. Eric knows well the terror of having to hide your sexuality away from the masses, though, and now in order to save Scot from the torment of his new classmates -- and perhaps prevent his own secret from being revealed, the knowing uncle does his best to channel the boy's skating talent into a career in hockey.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
The success of Laurie Lynd's Breakfast with Scot hinges almost entirely on the performance of young Noah Bernett in the title role. Give most Hollywood child actors a showy role like the unusual preteen Scot and you would probably get a very self-conscious performance. Perhaps they make them differently in Canada, but Bernett comes through with a startlingly naturalistic and, finally, moving turn. Scot is a movie-style oddball, singing Christmas carols in a quavering falsetto to comfort himself, trying on cosmetics, and trying to kiss the local ruffian, but Bernett's performance makes him wholly believable and very sympathetic. Some of the film's comedy runs a bit broad, but the fine performances -- including Thomas Cavanagh in the lead, and especially Bernett and another young find, Dylan Everett as neighborhood bully Ryan -- transcend the occasionally cartoonish milieu. Having set up the high-concept situation of a macho, closeted gay hockey player forced to care for a flamboyant, effeminate 11-year-old, Lynd and screenwriter Sean Reycraft adapting the novel by Michael Downing, aided by their able cast, opt to play things surprisingly close to the feather-boa-strewn vest. There are some moments of slapstick embarrassment and fish-out-of-water comedy, and a decent number of laughs, but given its occasional silliness, it's especially impressive that the darker emotions of the piece -- developing from Scot's sense of loss, his precarious social situation, and his growing uncertainty of his place in the world -- feel completely genuine. The tone throughout is low-key and professional. It's competently shot and edited. In the end, Breakfast with Scot is more than the sum of its parts because these "minor" virtues make the expected feel-good climax feel so well-earned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • UPC: 741952677390
  • Original Release: 2007
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  • Source: Koch Vision
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,006

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cavanagh Eric, Sam Miller
Ben Shenkman Ed McNally, Sam
Noah Bernett Scot
Jeananne Goossen Nula
Megan Follows Barbara Warren
Graham Greene Bud Wilson
Sheila McCarthy School Principal
Shauna MacDonald Joan
Fiona Reid Mildred Monterossos
Colin Cunningham
Technical Credits
Laurie Lynd Director
Robert Carli Score Composer
Tamara Deverell Production Designer
David A. Makin Cinematographer
Paul Brown Producer
Sean Reycraft Screenwriter
Howard Rosenman Executive Producer
Bob Rousseau Executive Producer
Nadine Schiff Executive Producer
Susan Shipton Editor
Jane Tattersall Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Breakfast with Scot
1. Contest Winners [3:35]
2. Eric [4:05]
3. Dads [7:46]
4. Scot [4:26]
5. Classroom [7:38]
6. Shopping [13:08]
7. Role Models [7:19]
8. Play Hockey [20:38]
9. Not Your Kid [4:04]
10. Confession [6:21]
11. Christmas Party [10:33]
12. Breakfast [5:34]
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