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Toast (2011)

Toast (2011)




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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 (Helena Bonham Carter) arrives, her curves, charms and fabulous lemon meringue pies quickly bewitch Nigel's father, and, much to his son's horror, the three move to the country to live together. The one silver lining is Domestic Science class at Nigel's new school, where Nigel (now played by Freddie Highmore) can finally shine. Soon he and Mrs. P. have embarked on a highly competitive cooking duel, vying for Dad's affections. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lee Hall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2011
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Freddie Highmore
as Older Nigel Slater
Colin Prockter
as Percy Salt
Oscar Kennedy
as Young Nigel Slater
Kia Pegg
as Milk Girl
Roger Walker
as Gardener
Robbie Jarvis
as Fishmonger
Rob Jarvis
as Fishmonger
Amy Marston
as Primary School Teach...
Corrinne Wicks
as Secondary School Tea...
Marion Bailey
as Mrs. Adams
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Critic Reviews for Toast

All Critics (33) | 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
Top Critic

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


I actually know nothing about the man this is based on, so didn't know what to expect.
Actually, it was pretty good. The kid who plays young Nigel is excellent (this coming from me - I normally find child actors cloying and can't wait for the older cast to take over, so that's how good this kid is). I was sorry when "older" Nigel took over.
Interesting look at a young boys childhood in the 60's, the setting was great, really convincing as being that era.
It's only 90 minutes long, so strange that it feels long, yet is rushed. The older Nigel bits only total 30 minutes and barely tell any story
I loathed mrs Potter as well. Probably only at the very end I felt any sympathy. Nigel does seem cruel by then. Then again. Patronising hag smoking all over the place, I don't know I would have wanted to stick with her either. Then again, 60's, hard life, hard to judge.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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

Toast Quotes

Young Nigel Slater: No matter how bad things get, it's impossible not to love someone who made you toast. Once you've bitten through that crusty surface, to the softer underneath and tasted the warm salty butter, you're lost forever.
– Submitted by Abbey K (3 years ago)
Dad: Thanks for the cake Nigel. Lovely gesture.
Mrs. Potter: It's really not that bad for the first attempt.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)
Young Nigel Slater: Oh milk. I think I'm gonna throw up.
Primary School Teacher: Drink it now! It's good for you!
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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