When a closeted former hockey pro and his lawyer partner take in a flamboyant 11-year-old, all their lives are changed in this alternative family film.
Adapted from a much-loved novel by Michael Downing, Breakfast with Scot is the leader in this year’s revolutionary vanguard of queer family-friendly films. In the film, the carefully discreet lives of a closeted gay couple are thrown into turmoil when they take in their nephew.
Eric (Tom Cavanagh) and Sam (Ben Shenkman, "Angels in America") have been in a stable relationship for four years. Eric’s a former hockey pro turned sportscaster. He doesn’t think anyone knows he’s gay and keeps up a macho façade. Sam’s a lawyer whose patience with his lover’s closeted behavior is quickly fading. Things quickly change when Sam gets word that his irresponsible brother’s ex-girlfriend has died. With the brother nowhere to be found, Sam is suddenly responsible for the woman’s son, Scot (Noah Bernett). Eric can’t stand kids and agrees to this only as a temporary measure. Scot arrives on the scene in a tizzy of high drama; he’s like a gay cocktail party embodied by a single child. He dresses flamboyantly, wears his mother’s jewelry and adores musical theater. Yes, at just 11, Scot is already a gay diva -- much to the shock of his new straight-acting dad and his partner. Scot, in true gay fashion, swishes down the school corridors and makes friends with the other outcasts. Eric decides that what Scot needs is some manliness, and he signs the boy up for ice hockey.
Forcing these two men to take stock of their lives, Scot truly is a breath of fresh Canadian air. Filmed with a substantial budget, the production also had the cooperation of the NHL. In a sign of the times, there are real Toronto Maple Leaf jerseys and logos, which caused a stir in Canada. But one thing there is no controversy about is that Breakfast with Scot is a wonderfully warm film the whole "family" can enjoy.
-- Scott Cranin
JANORM wrote on 02/12/2010:
This is a lesson in life. First, we have a Gay couple which are more into the closet because of one partner is a retired famous professional Hockey player. Throw in the fact that the retired player is a very well known sports announcer on TV, and you have a very subtle situation between two men! Throw in a young boy who left orphaned by the OD death of his mother (one of the men's sister), and is sent to live with these two men. Add to this the fact that the boy is very overtly feminine, and the situation rapidly develops from there. This is such a classical Lesson-In-Life, that this should be seen and viewed by all audiences of all persuasions. Everybody can take a page, chapter from this most wonderful film and put it directly into their lives. This is one film that should be added to your collection as it will become a classic. LESSONS IN LIFE CAN BE TAUGHT BY MANY, BUT ESPECIALLY BY THE VERY YOUNG!
Amos Lassen wrote on 04/23/2009:
“Breakfast with Scot”
Endorsed by the NHL
Coming soon to DVD is a charming and funny look at love, family and embracing one’s true identity. “Breakfast with Scot” is the story of Eric McNally, a former star hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs. When McNally was forced to retire due to an injury, he began a second career as a television sportscaster and things went well for him. McNally led a closeted life and shared his house and heart with his partner Sam, a corporate attorney. They lived for themselves, quietly and as upright members of society. All that changed when they learn that Sam’s brother, Billy, a deadbeat globe trotting ne’er do well has been left the custody of his ex-girlfriend’s son, Scot. The problem is that Billy is nowhere to be found. Until that happens, Billy and Eric will have to act as temporary fathers to the eleven year old and this does not please Eric.
Scot loves musical theater and is outwardly feminine in appearance. He wears a perfume smelling of pink gardenias and several charm bracelets. He is the complete antithesis to Eric. Scot’s flamboyance is too much for Eric to handle so he tries to toughen the boy by enrolling him in a junior hockey league and agrees to be the assistant coach. Eric is quick to realize that his efforts cause Scot to become a bully, a direct opposite of the loving and sensitive kid that he was. Eric also realizes that it is his own insecurities wherein lay the problem and that he has a lot to learn from the boy who dares to be himself.
This is a tender and beautiful look at what it means for someone to be himself and the film is full of heart, warmth and love. It is a wonderful look at one kid’s self expression and how he managed to get others to accept him without causing him to change.
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