Average Rating: 4.4/10
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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Zooey Deschanel, Aaron Stanford, Izabella Miko, and Christopher Lloyd star in director Michael Lehmann's comedy concerning a New Orleans cereal bar manager whose slacker lifestyle is turned upside down when a rival cereal shop threatens both his livelihood and his love life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Dec 19, 2007 Wide
Jul 8, 2008
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There are a few sweet moments as the story reaches its unsurprising conclusion. But, all in all, Flakes isn't going to bowl you over.
Unless you happen to be one yourself, chances are pretty good that you'll take an immediate dislike to the self-satisfied hipsters who populate this disappointing comedy from Heathers director Michael Lehmann.
Minor to the point of barely existing.
A business course on cutthroat capitalism disguised as a slacker comedy: That's the kindest way to describe Michael Lehmann's Flakes.
Some cute moments pepper the inane plot, but Flakes doesn't have much snap, crackle or pop.
Hey Flakes, 1994 called: they want their unshaved, American Spirit-smoking statement on individual artistic potential struggling to survive in a corporate world back
The amazing Deschanel once again proves her astonishing ability to exist comfortably within a scene, as well as slightly above it.
There's enough breezy charm on display to make it worth a look on cable, DVD or at a bargain matinee.
The characters Lehmann and company use as generational mouthpieces bear no relation to any people who have ever existed, and they barely work as parody. It's cool to see the old retro cereals on the restaurant shelf, though.
While the ghost of a bittersweet 'everyone's a sell-out' moral seems to haunt screenwriters Chris Poche and Karey Kirkpatrick's scruffy little romantic fable, it's buried under layers of forced quirkiness.
The surprise is how consistently entertaining Flakes is despite the dearth of star power, production value or innovative style.
A disappointingly superficial enterprise, given its undeservedly smug, countercultural airs.
This too-cool-for-school Singles wannabe could have been great, but it never really goes anywhere due to its poor execution
One look at Aaron Stanford's chain-smoking, long-haired musician in a Hanes t-shirt and you know Flakes wants so badly to be hip.
- Pussy Katz: Well then play me a song!
- Neal Downs: Well then bring me a guitar!
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