Breakfast With Curtis (2013)

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Syd, an eccentric bookseller with delusions of grandeur fueled by red wine, caused a rift five years ago between the freewheeling bohemian residents of his house and the family next door. Now over the course of a balmy summer, he tries to draft the boy next door to make videos for his online book business. Introverted young Curtis is reluctant at first, but soon gets drawn in by Syd's creative fervor. Their unlikely bond dissolves bad blood between their households, replacing old grudges and repressed secrets with new camaraderie and fresh possibility. The transformative power of forgiveness sparks Curtis's first seminal summer and a season of change for all. (c) Official Site
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Jonah Parker
as Curtis
Aaron Jungels
as Frenchy
Adele Parker
as Pirate
Gideon Parker
as Young Curtis
Tory Fair
as Tina
Rachael Jungels
as Poker Player
Yaozhu Pan
as Poker Player
Bijan Shadravan
as Poker Player
Luis Sossa
as Poker Player
Nathan Archer
as Student
Taylor Boone
as Student
Avery Clark
as Student
Angus Gore
as Student
Ashley Joseph
as Student
June Trimbach
as Student
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast With Curtis

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7)

A coming-of-age film that defies the trends and traps that have lately made that genre almost insufferable in American cinema.

Full Review… | December 20, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a lived-in, unsentimental comedy about a community of smug but sympathetic intellectuals that, by film's end, becomes a little better-integrated.

Full Review… | December 20, 2013
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

"Breakfast With Curtis" is a convincing testament to the curative powers of midafternoon cocktails and ping pong, but it's not much else.

Full Review… | December 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This low-budget feature is more a series of anecdotes than a fully-formed narrative.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

As unkempt, free-floating and bucolic as that Providence, R.I., abode, Colella's tale of a lad's seminal summer will win hearts and minds at Anglo and Euro fests.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

It's less Wes Anderson-quirky than Jane Campion-woolly. Try it.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breakfast With Curtis

First of all be aware, there isn't a tremendous amount of substance here, but that doesn't really detract from the beauty of the film. The characters are interesting, and for novices, it is very well acted. The film captures summer and a lifestyle of characters that is a reflection of summer. Theo Green plays Syd. Theo is an artist is real life and pulls off acting with great panache and style. The characters are charming, the photography is good, even compelling. I enjoyed this film thoroughly and am not even sure why, but that's OK.

Michael LaFrance
Michael LaFrance
½

Quite enjoyed this film, it's got a relaxed and understated style to its comedy that it will probably end up boring most people, even if the film is anything but. If you're not paying attention, which I think this film's style will lend itself to for the most impatient people in the audience, then you're definitely gonna miss most of the story. It's a coming-of-age film without all the trappings and cliches that come with the genre. It's quirky without beating you over the head with it, much like the previous film I reviewed. It's smart, again, without lording it over your head. It's also about the bad blood between Syd and Curtis' family and how that bad blood starts to dissolve as Curtis comes out of his very introverted shell due to his video project with Syd. Again, it's all very understated. They only ever really acknowledge the feud, explicitly, shortly before the film ends. But it works, it may be a little unassuming, but I think this narrative works. It's simple, but effective. This is a short review, but I don't really have much to say about this film but it's got a very relaxed and aloof tone. It's not every day you see this type of film, but I thought it was very good with a good cast and writing. I can't really complain too much about this film, good stuff here. Not for everyone though.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

Despite the makers' best effort, Breakfast With Curtis is a bit thin on plot and definitely screams "independent low-budget" (in a bad way).

Marilena Georgiadou
Marilena Georgiadou

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