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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 Not only is this a great step forward in the fight for equality regardless of sexual orientation and the breaking of outdated macho sports stereotypes, it also ensures that this film is the gayest thing to happen to the NHL since the Philadelphia Flyers.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.