Breakfast with Scot (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though Breakfast with Scot is a well-intentioned movie with some charming performances, it suffers from sitcom humor and predictable setups.

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Eric lives for all things hockey. Now in his thirties, he's managed to turn his stint as an ex- Toronto Maple Leaf into a full-time gig as commentator for sports TV. He's living the dream! But when Eric's boyfriend Sam announces that they're to become temporary guardians of a young boy, Eric's comfortable world shatters. Enter Scot--a recently orphaned, swishy 11-year-old sissy-of-a-boy--and Eric's mirror opposite. Freaked out by Scot's 'joie de vivre,' Eric and Sam gently nudge Scot away from scented hand cream and all things pink, towards a more "acceptable" pastime--hockey. But after Scot's disastrous first game, Eric begins to rethink the compromises he's made in his own life in order to be "accepted."
PG-13 (for thematic content, some drug material and language)
Comedy , Drama
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Tom Cavanagh
as Eric McNally
Ben Shenkman
as Sam Miller
Megan Follows
as Barbara Warren
Sheila McCarthy
as Ms. Patterson
Benz Antoine
as Greg Graham
Dylan Everett
as Ryan Burlington
Fiona Reid
as Mildred Monterossos
Graham Greene (II)
as Bud Wilson
Cameron Ansell
as Finn O'Brien
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Critic Reviews for Breakfast with Scot

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

Breakfast with Scot isn't much on originality, but it is sweet enough to overcome the most cynical skeptic.

December 12, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It lacks the psychological realism of certain decent dramas and is too reliant on cheap pratfalls and Cavanagh's pinched approach to comedy.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

What elevates way above the merely adequate script by Sean Reycraft based on the novel by Michael Downing and Lynd's competent direction is young Noah Bernett as Scot. This kid is so great, he could give kid actors a good name again.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Anyone who's ever seen an After School Special knows where the family-friendly Breakfast With Scot is headed, no matter how well intentioned.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

It's refreshingly snarky and quick.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

All the filmmakers are really after is a heartwarming little object lesson. ... [But] they perch their tidy little dramedy somewhere between sitcom and Movie of the Week.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breakfast with Scot

Breakfast with Scot is not refreshing, quirky, comedic or, frankly good. From the get go, Tom Cavangh's Eric is entirely unlikeable while Ben Shenkman's Sam seems to stick with him "just because." There's no warmth between the two, which makes every single scene they occupy together painful to watch. In fact, there's aren't two characters in this entire film who have any kind of chemistry. Not brothers, not parent and child, not coworkers, no one. It's entirely too telling that Eric and Sam (indeed, everyone else in the film) refrains from touching one another until the last 10 minutes. Maybe there's a message there about how distant these people are, but the movie is so dense and concerned with trying to be high minded to figure it all out. I have nothing but disdain for this entire endeavor from beginning to end. Unrealistic, maddening and ultimately mindboggling. And I haven't even talked about the kid, his guardian or any of the myriad subplots the story throws at the viewer.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

Super Reviewer

A cute story but so many situations seemed exaggerated and distracted from the heart of this movie.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

This is a sweet, if rather formulaic family comedy. The genuine laughs seem a little few and far-between, but I really liked the twist on functional nuclear family life, as well as the examination of gay identity. That is the only thing that makes this film special, really. The thing I liked most was the homosexual main character's hilarious worry that his lover's flamboyant nephew might "make him gay", in the paranoid, homophobic Republican sense. Very cute and heartwarming, but you've seen this before.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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