If you can find Breakfast With Scot
it is a great movie about a gay couple - one a pro hockey player turned sports broadcaster, having to look after the partner's nephew Scot - an incredibly effeminate boy. I expected it to be thoroughly predictable but it was a marvelously complex and layered study of msculinity and femininity in gay men, and the freedom to be out of the closet. it won all kinds of awards. Very worthwhile. It stars Tom Cavanaugh (from the short-lived TV series "Ed") The kid is amazing. Whatever I expected next, it was always not what I expected.
Here is the review from the Toronto Star:
Starring Tom Cavanagh, Ben Shenkman and Noah Bernett. Directed by Laurie Lynd. 94 minutes. At the Carlton. PG
You know that Breakfast With Scot is on to something real when a member of a same-sex union makes a homophobic statement to his partner. Suddenly all those old movie clichés dissolve.
Former hockey star Eric (Tom Cavanagh) tells his mate Sam (Ben Shenkman) that their newly acquired young roommate Scot (Noah Bernett) is looking for trouble because he's acting, well, too gay.
At this point, Eric is thinking more about himself than Scot, who may not actually be gay.
Eric is terrified that his coworkers at his sports TV job will discover he's not the hetero hunk his previous ice career had suggested. He's happily sharing a home with Sam, a successful lawyer, yet the closet he's metaphorically inhabiting is still firmly slammed shut.
Director Laurie Lynd's deceptively complicated portrait of gay life in 2007, which screenwriter Sean Reycraft based on a novel by Michael Downing, is more convincing than most other movie treatments of the topic. Gays are too often demeaned by comedy that reinforces stereotypes and by drama that rushes towards tragedy.
Breakfast With Scot embraces the realistic middle, being both comic and dramatic in equal measure.
The arrival of Scot, Sam's rambunctious nephew, has forced a reappraisal of domestic circumstances and relationships. Scot's mother recently died, and while the young whippersnapper waits for Sam's ne'er-do-well brother Billy (Colin Cunningham) to adopt him, he bunks with the hockey player and the lawyer.
This is much to Eric's chagrin, since he's never wanted to be a parent. "Boys that age are nightmares," he complains. "I should know because I grew up playing hockey with them."
Scot doesn't help matters by living up to Eric's worst gay nightmares. The kid loves to knit, sings Christmas carols at the top of his lungs and dresses like he's part of a drag revue. Worst yet, he's never heard of Wayne Gretzky.
Can this modern family be saved?
Scot's antics might test the patience of any viewer who has a limited pain threshold for precocious kids, even with Bernett's commendable performance. But it's an easy test to pass.
Lynd's experience with family films Virtual Mom and I Was a Rat and TV credits on Queer as Folk and Degrassi: The Next Generation are very much in evidence here.
He's found the needed balance that makes Breakfast With Scot not only amusing and heartfelt, but also genuinely thoughtful about life's many unexpected turns.http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Movies/article/276965