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Flakes

Flakes (2007)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 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

Unrated,

Comedy

Chris Poché, Karey Kirkpatrick

Jul 8, 2008

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (15) | DVD (1)

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.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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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.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Minor to the point of barely existing.

December 21, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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A business course on cutthroat capitalism disguised as a slacker comedy: That's the kindest way to describe Michael Lehmann's Flakes.

December 19, 2007
New York Times
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Despite a few good one-liners, the dialogue is overwritten.

December 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Some cute moments pepper the inane plot, but Flakes doesn't have much snap, crackle or pop.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Quirky, mature hipster comedy is a bit too soggy.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Hey Flakes, 1994 called: they want their unshaved, American Spirit-smoking statement on individual artistic potential struggling to survive in a corporate world back

July 24, 2010 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

The amazing Deschanel once again proves her astonishing ability to exist comfortably within a scene, as well as slightly above it.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A critique of capitalism that's light as a corn flake.

December 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

There's enough breezy charm on display to make it worth a look on cable, DVD or at a bargain matinee.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

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.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The surprise is how consistently entertaining Flakes is despite the dearth of star power, production value or innovative style.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A disappointingly superficial enterprise, given its undeservedly smug, countercultural airs.

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

This too-cool-for-school Singles wannabe could have been great, but it never really goes anywhere due to its poor execution

December 18, 2007 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I hate to be so down on a comedy that comes from so many filmmakers and actors I admire, but this flick's about as satisfying as a bowl of soggy Corn Flakes.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Audience Reviews for Flakes

Cereal and pop culture are fun, but this movie, not as much. It was still a nice little quirky indie film, but a little too uneventful, and predictable. Extra 1/2 star for Zooey. She made it worth watching.
November 29, 2010
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Flakes is more dry and boring than any bowl of cereal could ever be. I've enjoyed many a hipster indie movie, but all the quirky characters in the world can't save a movie that's dull and devoid of any entertainment value, whatsoever.

I think the movie was attempting an Empire Records-type vibe, where you're introduced to a few off-beat characters, and then grow to care about their lives over the course of the movie. That certainly didn't happen. Every character was annoyingly "different", and the viewer is never given any reasons to grow attached to them. They never become anything more than arbitrarily alternative caricatures. I normally love Zooey Deschanel (she's the reason I watched the movie), but she's just as un-appealing in this as everyone else. This may sound harsh, but Flakes was a complete failure. Don't waste your time with it.
April 8, 2010
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

I always seem to gravitate to films like these... rarely do I ever feel fulfilled. The premise of the film seemed great; same old story arc told from a different perspective and Zooey. Mmmmm Zooey. The crew and sets of the film work for the most part... Aaron Stanford was a weinie though. I did not like his dynamics and struggled to put up with him. He really was a douche and not in the sense of his character and that's what they were going for; but really someone I wish was recasted. Chris Lloyd was great to see and the setting of Flakes stood for a tasty premise. Really this was an okay movie(good to watch during breakfast?) and is probably Michael Lehmann's best movie which... isn't saying much. I did hardcore crave some cereal though, so great execution on that part, Mike!
November 21, 2010
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