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Flakes (2007)

Aaron Stanford , Zooey Deschanel , Michael Lehmann  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Stanford, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Lloyd, Ryan Donowho, Carol Sutton
  • Directors: Michael Lehmann
  • Writers: Chris Poche, Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00180OU70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Miss Katz (Zooey Deschanel) desperately wants her boyfriend to ditch his dead-end job at Flakes--a bohemian cereal shop. So when an eager young businessman opens a rip-off version of this beloved neighborhood hang, Miss Katz joins the competition to bury Flakes. Stand offs, sit ins, pranks and clever revenge will result in victory for one half of the feisty couple, but it may just leave their relationship all soggy!

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Think of the film `Flakes' (`07) as an undated, more hip version of the now defunct but still popular, long running television series `Cheers' only with a vast and varied cereal menu rather than alcoholic beverages. Join store manager Neil Downs (Aaron Stanford) girlfriend Pussy Katz (Zooey Deschanel), owner Willie (Christopher Lloyd) and a zany group of New Orleans residents as they gather daily for a bowl of their favorite cereal.

The shop is but a launching pad for a pithy, intelligent, romantic comedy, coming of age storyline that I enjoyed immensely. `Flakes' only shortcoming is the finish. Which isn't necessarily bad, but I just don't think it quite lives up to what preceded it.

This one will stand up well to repeat viewings, which ultimately is the supreme test for any film. Enjoy!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful May 9, 2008
"High Fidelity" meets "Clerks" over a bowl of cereal in this fun little film that rises above its humble subject. I just love the outlandish central conceit of a vintage cereal restaurant, in which the cereal becomes a metaphor for our youthful, untarnished, and yet dysfunctional selves. With a witty, intelligent screenplay and a seriously good cast, it starts out incredibly strong and as quirky as they come (in a good way). I only gave four stars because for me the second half of the film lost its unique flavor and became more of a cliche, but I still think it rocks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute little foul-mouthed Romantic Comedy May 6, 2009
"Zooey Deschnel CAN do no wrong", touts the DVD jewel book. He's right, she's always delightful and is great in this rock-bottom bugeted film. The lead who is a manager in a cereal resturant (eh, any "Mr. Wonderful's Surprise"? my favorite long defunct cereal from the 1970's) is very good as well. Chris LLoyd is very good as an aging hippie who owns "FLAKES".
A neo-yuppie opens a competitive carbon-copy store across the New Orleans street and the drama ensues. Well-written, quirky and funny movie. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. February 1, 2014
By John
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Funny, quirky, odd, and a great movie for fans of Zooey Deschanel and those who love indie films with bizarre (unlikely) subject matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars marvelous July 15, 2013
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This movie just might be used for business classes in college to show how businesses and competition works! A guy runs a bar that serves nothing but cereal and where a loyal and eccentric clientele eats all the time as he considers launching a career as a rock musician, which his girlfriend constanly chides him for not working hard enough at. When he won't hire her at the bar, and an entrepreneur steals his concept and opens up a new, larger, and fancier store across the street, she joins the new place, and an all-out war begins!

This DVD features good extras, sound quality, and other things to make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well acted October 1, 2009
Indie films are always a bit of a throw of the dice. Some are amazing, many are so - so and many fall flat on their faces and leave you wondering what the film maker was thinking. I own a copy of this film and it comes close to the amazing mark. In any case it is good. Above all, the actingwas first class. This is not a perfect movie but it is very well done.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what can happen in a world where cereal rules?! April 21, 2009
Flakes tells the tale of adorable, aspiring musician Neal Downs(Aaron Stanford) who thoroughly enjoys his side job of working as a 'bartender' at Flakes, a hipster's paradise and completely off-the-wall cereal bar. With his beautiful and just as eccentric girlfriend Miss Pussy Katz(Zooey Deschanel) his intermediate life seems to be treating him quite well. Only Pussy Katz doesn't seem to agree, and wants more from both their relationship and Neal himself!

What happens when a budding capitalist comes to town and opens his own brand of Flakes just across the street? Chaos ensues!

Flakes is a great light, comedic indie gem, that hits the head on the nail so completely it's almost hard to believe. I can just imagine driving over to Silverlake or Echo Park and walking into any of those bohemian, artistic eateries to see exact copies of these fictional characters. This film captures the feelings and actions of how so many of us young grown-ups do in these modern times; dreaming for more, too lazy to change anything, unsure of our own decisions yet so unwilling to change for even those we love.

This film is quirky, fun, and is still completely and utterly poignant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised June 8, 2014
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Expected a poorly written, poorly acted indie bomb. So why did I even watch it? Zooey Deschanel, pretty much. Pleasantly surprised. The lead character was cast well and was a pretty decent actor. He and Zooey had good chemistry. Christopher Lloyd was a brilliant addition. It was an original premise, actually had a plot and a satisfying ending. If you like indie films, check this one out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Moldy Flakes
If this movie was a cereal it would be stale Shredded Wheat topped with sour milk. Dopey idea and even worse script. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jpgdog
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid like stale Frosted Flakes
Like a soggy bowl of Cheerios, this movie was a huge letdown. I'm a big fan of Zooey Deschanel's, but this was a really tedious movie.
Published 3 months ago by Ted Dintersmith
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny
This was a movie I had to wait for almost a week after I was expected to get it. I a least got it days before the last day expected. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ciara Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Zooey & Cereal... what else is there to love?
I love Zooey and I love cereal. I think I stumbled upon this movie on the IFC channel one night and loved it so I found it and purchased it. Great condition!
Published 20 months ago by Kimberly Glatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Zooey + cereal = FUN
This is a fun little indie film. I did not have huge expectations, but bought it because the price was right (less than 5 bucks! Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Dennis M. Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars FLAKES. Fun and unique.
I dunno, I just really liked this movie. Thought the characters were unusual, the premise was unique, the script was clever. Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by Pacificskye
2.0 out of 5 stars If It only had dialog
The premise was interesting and the actors did a respectable job but they were given such poor dialog. Read more
Published on October 30, 2009 by D. L. Cardon
2.0 out of 5 stars the very definition of an innocuous film

According to financial records released by the studio, Michael Lehmann`s "Flakes" raked in all of $778 in box office revenue when it was released in late 2007. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Roland E. Zwick
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