Toast (2011)




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Movie Info

Nigel's mother (Victoria Hamilton) appears to have been the world's worst cook, boiling unopened cans of food to a soggy pulp and nervously refusing young Nigel's (Oscar Kennedy) suggestions that she try an occasional fresh veg. After many a ruined dinner they fall back on that old reliable, toast-the one dish she has mastered. But Nigel loves her dearly, and is devastated by her early death, leaving him and his lonely dad (Ken Stott) to look after each other. When new cleaner Mrs. Potter … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lee Hall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2011
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as Older Nigel Slater

as Percy Salt

as Young Nigel Slater

as Milk Girl

as Gardener

as Fishmonger

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Critic Reviews for Toast

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (15)

Like its namesake, "Toast" is crusty comfort food with little nutritional substance.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

"Toast" has three things deserving of adoration: spectacular lemon-meringue pies, the songs of Dusty Springfield and Helena Bonham Carter.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Director S.J. Clarkson seems oblivious to the dissonance; perhaps he's deafened by the music.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

For the most part, the movie feels like an emotional vacuum, mirroring the drab vanilla and mint green interiors of the Slaters' home.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Toast," is by turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Like going to a restaurant where they fill you up with tasty appetizers and delicious bread but then kick you out before the main course is served.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Toast

What a wonderful little movie! Nice BBC film based on the early life of UK food critic Nigel Slater. Good performances by Oscar Kennedy as the young Nigel, and Freddie Highmore as the teenaged Nigel. In addition to providing food porn in dessert form, the set design is also awesome with lots of yellows and greens. Very 60s! For the sharp-eyed, Nigel Slater makes a cameo near the end as a chef at the Savoy. A truly nice surprise, because I wasn't expecting too much from this movie. I love when I am treated to a true delight!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore, Ken Stott, Matthew McNulty, Clare Higgins, Victoria Hamilton, Selina Cadell, Tracey Wilkinson

Director: S.J. Clarkson

Summary: Adapted from famed food writer Nigel Slater's memoir, this drama centers on young Nigel, who struggles with his mother's death, a troubled relationship with his father and a new stepmother even as he pursues his passion for cooking.

My Thoughts: "Unfortunately I found the story to be a bit boring just like the food this film is named after. I just couldn't get into the film. I felt bad for Nigel for having a hard hearted father and a sick mother. But besides the performances, there was nothing in the film worth keeping my attention."


Super Reviewer


While young Nigel(Oscar Kennedy) may love his parents(Victoria Hamilton & Ken Stott), he is nowhere near that fond of his mother's cooking, even though she can rock a slice of toast. Inspired to do better, Nigel cooks them spaghetti bolognese for dinner, a dish they are puzzled by. That all turns to be a moot point when Nigel's mother falls ill, a condition he initially thinks might be caused by her being pregnant.

"Toast" is an oddly engaging movie that is aided by some great moments, including one where Nigel's friend points out that growing up in a dysfunctional household can only make him interesting as an adult, a sentiment I would like to agree with despite the lack of scientific studies. And that's not to mention a controlled gonzo turn from Helena Bonham Carter that turns Mrs. Potter from monstrous to I think something approaching a tragic figure.

All of this is in the service of learning not to take anything for granted. But then "Toast" is set in the dreary back end of England(at first I thought this might be the 50's until a random group of hippies are shown on a pier and the great use of Dusty Springfield songs) which is quite possibly hell for any aspiring foodie, if the reported awfulness of English food is/was anything to go by. On the other hand, the fact that we get both ends of the spectrum of dishes admittedly does go a long way to disprove that whole line of thought.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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