New Review: ‘Breakfast with Scot’

I review Breakfast with Scot for the Seattle P-I, a Canadian production about two men, successful professionals and life partners who hide their sexuality and their relationship from the world, who unexpectedly become the guardian of a young orphaned boy. The film is officially sanctioned by the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs, which gives it the unusual distinction of being the first gay-themed movie to be officially sanctioned by a professional sports league.

We’ve all seen movies in which gruff, macho dads resolve to toughen up sons who show interest in such clearly effeminate pursuits as ballet, theater or literature. The twist in this tale of orphaned boy Scot (Noah Bernett) who finds comfort in jewelry and feather boas and belting out Christmas carols is that his new guardians are gay men who cringe at Scot’s exuberantly “gay” behavior. Eric (Thomas Cavanagh), a former pro hockey player turned sportscaster, and his partner (Ben Shenkman), a lawyer, hide their relationship under a front of heterosexual respectability…

The story is interesting in that these two gay men inadvertently teach Scot to hide his difference by hiding their own. They may not be ashamed of being gay, but they’re hardly proud enough or confident enough to be open about their love or their life. And while Scot’s fashion flamboyance and tendency to kiss the boys in the neighborhood embarrass the men, they inadvertently teach Scot to be ashamed of appearing different in any way. The rest of the film is a hallmark card of a family drama.

Read the complete review here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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