Breakfast with Scot Reviews
Cast- Tom Cavanagh, Ben Shenkman, Noah Bernett, Jeananne Goossen, Fiona Reid, Megan Follows, Sheila McCarthy, Shauna MacDonald, and Graham Greene. Worthy!
"I said I COULD kiss you."
This made me want to turn the movie off and write the rest on my own, I was so jealous of the writing.
Bias aside, this is your pretty average movie with your typical rebel-child meets-conservative-parents. We've all seen it before: The parents try so hard to change the kid, but the kid ends up changing them. The only difference in this is case is it's a butch queer couple with a very effeminate kid.
Tom Cavanagh acts remarkably well for this type of movie. Whether you agree with his identity throughout the movie or not, he brings it to life with honesty and wit. But Noah Bernett as Scot is the real star here. He's incredibly adorable and as flamboyant as possible. He has a lot of heart for a child actor, and his interpretation of Scot is charismatic and fun to watch.
The direction of the film is nothing special. In fact there are quite a few technical flaws. During the first scenes in which Scot moves into his new home, you can see a boom mic stretching from the stairs to hang over the actors. And something black kept entering the top of the frame. I don't know if it was a loose lens hood or what, but it kept distracting me. You would think a director would catch all these.
But on the plus side of the production, there are some interestingly framed shots. Laurie Lynd, the director uses numerous frames and symmetrical shots to give this story a boost. She's much better with letting the camera sit still than she is with moving it. I was in fact impressed a medium film director would let an actor walk in and out of a frame twice during one shot as she did when Tom (Cavanagh) gets ready one morning early in the film.
In the end, "Breakfast with Scot" is very much like a Christmas film, even though Christmas is not the center storyline. You have your one threadbare storyline and little development, but everything works out in the supposed heartwarming end.