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LAist Movie Review: Breakfast With Scot

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Tom Cavanagh sure is thirsty. Photo courtesy Regent Releasing.

This fall, what with the elections and Prop 8 on the ballot and Anze Kopitar’s seven year deal, it seems like all of the stars are aligning for a movie like Breakfast With Scot. Stars such as Tom Cavanagh and ... that guy from Angels In America ... Besides, Cavanagh’s NBC series Ed wrapped in 2004, which is perfect because the show sucked AND Cavanagh had plenty of time prepare for his starring role as a gay ex-Toronto Maple Leafs bruiser-turned-sportscaster.

All kidding aside (except for the role Tom Cavanagh plays - that part is absolutely true), Breakfast With Scot is actually quite an endearing movie, with enough socio-political undercurrents to keep it from feeling too campy. And for all the sportsters out there, it should be noted that Breakfast With Scot is the first homosexually-themed film to receive the expressed written consent of the National Hockey League and the Toronto Maple Leafs, for use of their logo and associated materials. Not only is this a great step forward in the fight for equality regardless of sexual orientation and the breaking of outdated macho sports stereotypes, it also ensures that this film is the gayest thing to happen to the NHL since the Philadelphia Flyers. Zing!

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Breakfast With Scot has all of the contemporary makings of a family-oriented feature film that lets the audience realize just how intelligent children are, and how much they can teach us if we let them. Sort of like Fly Away Home. But instead of geese, there’s hockey players and the need for Eric McNally (Cavanagh) and his partner Sam (Ben Shenkman) to remain as openly straight as possible, while leading a loving home life of homosexuality.

Pushed mostly by their own long-held cynicism towards society's acceptance of their sexual orientation, both men attempt to quietly lead their lives without drawing much unwanted attention. But when a former friend dies and leaves an orphan to Sam's not-too-stable brother, the pair are forced to make do with a new face around their house for a few weeks. Rather than secret their love life away, the two are quickly forced to change tactics when it becomes clear that newcomer Scot (Noah Bernett ) is himself perhaps the most effeminate person not named Clay Aiken on the planet. With a love of musicals and Christmas carols, colored scarves and women's make-up, Scot is less concerned about the labels that everyone else wants to put on him, and more concerned about the honesty of who he is. As events unfold, both sides are forced to understand that they may not be completely right, but they must do all they can to make it work before Sam's brother arrives to take Scot (and his inheritance) back to Brazil.

Filled with many funny moments, and a small portion of snoozers, Breakfast With Scot really can be a winning film. Award winning? No. Stanley Cup winning? Not even possible, but thanks for playing. It can be heartwarming, however, and win the hearts of just about anyone who isn't a cold, immortal vampire.


Breakfast With Scot is currently playing at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood.