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Toast (2010)

Helena Bonham Carter , Ken Stott , SJ Clarkson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott, Freddie Highmore, Victoria Hamilton
  • Directors: SJ Clarkson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SW2RTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Toast" on IMDb

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Based on the bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood, and set to the songs of Dusty Springfield, Toast is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood. Nigel's Mother was always a poor cook, and her addiction to all things canned isn't helping. Nigel, on the other hand, laps up cookbooks as if they were porn, and spends all his free time gazing longingly at the delights offered at Percy Salt's grocery shop. Nigel's Dad worries there is something "wrong" with his son and the two find it difficult to connect, so Nigel finds friendship and a father figure in Josh, the gardener. As his mother's illness worsens, so do Nigel's relations with his father -- the Bolognese he cooks is far too exotic, the uncooked Fray Bentos pie MUST be finished, and his father's rage as Nigel insists on picking every last bit of jelly off the canned ham at the annual picnic hits an all time high. Dad then fires Josh for reasons unknown to Nigel. Just before Christmas, Nigel's mother dies, leaving Nigel and his father heartbroken. Their touching efforts to look after each other, often through gestures with food, sadly seem to miss the target. His father begins to spend his evenings at the Masonic lodge until a new cleaner, Mrs. Potter, arrives on the scene. Mrs. Potter's curves, charms and lemon meringue pies quickly bewitch Nigel's father and much to Nigel's horror, the three soon embark on a move to the country. The one silver lining in the cloud of a new school is Domestic Science class, where Nigel can finally shine. Cooking soon becomes the key weapon in the battle for Dad's affections. Ironically, the main casualty of these culinary skirmishes between Nigel and Mrs. Potter is Nigel's father, as his waistline grows and grows. Hoping to escape the madness, Nigel lands a job in the kitchen of his local pub. It is here that Nigel's eyes are opened to a world of culinary opportunity.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouth-Watering October 26, 2011
If you are on a diet, this is not the film for you. Based on the memoirs of cook and writer Nigel Slater, the movie is a visual culinary feast, detailing his love of food. Raised by a mother who could burn water, Nigel (played as a child by newcomer Oscar Kennedy and as an adolescent by Freddie Highmore) spends his time gazing lovingly at pictures of beautifully prepared dishes. When Mum (Victoria Hamilton) passes away, his father (Ken Stott) takes up with Mrs. Potter (Helena Bonham Carter) who may be a tart, but she cooks like a french chef. The rivalry between Nigel and Mrs. Potter forms the (pardon the pun) meat of the film, as each tries to one-up the other. The leads are uniformly fine (it is especially fun to watch Bonham Carter in this after "The King's Speech"). WARNING: You may begin to feel much like Ken Stott does: overstuffed! As an aside: I purchased this in the PAL format from for three pounds, ninety-nine pence, which translated roughly into $6.40. Even with the additional shipping costs, that is a substantial savings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Toast December 29, 2011
It's romantic to imagine that people with exceptional talents also have exceptional stories to tell about those talents. In the case of English food journalist Nigel Slater, it's somewhat true. Based on Slater's autobiographical novel of the same name, Toast recounts the writer's childhood growing up with an asthmatic mother who was such a poor cook that the only dish she ever mastered was, well, toast. When her illness finally gets the best of her, young Nigel and his father welcome a new addition to the family in the form of a housekeeper named Mrs. Potter, who soon wins over Nigel's father and engages Nigel himself in a sort of ongoing culinary rivalry. Toast was just a tad too saccharine for me, but I'll give it 2 stars, because I liked its breezy humor, visual touches, and judicious use of Helena Bonham Carter's talents. It's an unusual coming of age story, but its charms may just work for some.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Really love Freddie Highmore, and REALLY love Helena Bonham Carter ... but beyond Bonham Carter's terrific performance as Mrs. Potter, I just couldn't get into this film. Set in Britain in the late 1960s, this one's about a young boy named Nigel (played by Highmore, as an adult) who has always doted on his mother - whose cooking is so bad, her best meal is toast. Nigel grows to have a fascination with food and cooking, and when his mother dies from asthma and his father soon after starts dating the cleaning lady (Bonham Carter) - who can cook like a professional chef - Nigel takes up the gauntlet to out-do her. Highmore's performance here is so sterile and one-note, it's hard to even like the adult Nigel - perhaps the film's biggest weakness, and why I give this one only two stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie August 29, 2013
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I gave this movie three stars ONLY because Helena Bonham Carter was in it and was fantastic in her role. After the movie ended I found I had developed a severe hate for Nigel Slater... which I wasn't expecting. If you love HBC in just about everything she does, you'll enjoy this movie. Other than that, you could still watch it, but you might not like it as much. It's not a movie I'd watch again, even with HBC starring in it. Basically:

What I liked: Touching moments where death is involved, HBC starring in it, time setting.

What I didn't like: Nigel Slater by the end of the movie (which kind of ruined the whole thing, for me anyway).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 2, 2012
I loved this movie! But I am a foodie and love almost all movies that make my mouth water- add on British humor and its all just bonus!

Other foodie type movies I love: Its Complicated, Julia and Julia, Somethings Gotta Give (some what foodie) - so if you like those movies you MIGHT like this one. If you love all things foodie related then read the book The Perfectionist.

PS. if you are at all homophobic, this movie might not be for you- there are just a couple boy on boy kissing scenes. Come on this is a coming of age story after all!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK November 13, 2012
I wasn't expecting a sappy movie and it wasn't either, which I'm grateful for that. However, I was expecting this movie to be "charming" and "sweet" as it was described to me. It felt short of that in my eyes. Only Nigel's relationship with his mom was SOMEWHAT touching. Mrs. Potter was horrible and his father was worst. I didn't like it much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE "If You Go Away" by Dusty Springfield August 17, 2014
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This 2010 TV movie boasts some gently adult British humor centered around a petulant schoolboy who just wants a decent meal...and maybe some fresh vegetables. His ailing mother is strictly a canned peas kind of cook but she usually has to fall back to fresh toast.

Inspired by food writer, television personality and journalist Nigel Slater's memoir, this bio-pic set in the 1960s is all about FOOD. You've never seen cooking like his mum's; it's no wonder he wanted to do it himself. But wait until the cooking competition starts between him and his new step-mother.

Director S.J. Clarkson ("Bates Motel") used these ingredients:
* Oscar Kennedy (Lots of TV) is young Nigel Slater, frustrated by his mother's cooking, his dad's short temper, and misled by a school chum's worldly advice.
* Freddie Highmore ("August Rush") is adolescent Nigel, daring to follow his bliss and still striving for his father's approval.
* Ken Stott ("One Day") is Dad, suffering from loneliness, bad digestion and a rebellious son.
* Victoria Hamilton ("Lark Rise to Candleford") is Mum, it's no wonder she can't cook, she's very ill.
* Helen Bonham Carter ("The King's Speech") is Mrs. Potter, that upstart from Council (Public) Housing who shows up in Nigel's home and seduces his father with her suggestive housekeeping moves. (You have to see it to believe it.)

Of major note is a beautiful father/son montage backed by Dusty Springfield singing "If You Go Away" that illustrates how much both of these fellows miss Mum. BTW, if you are tempted by luscious food, better stay away from this DVD! (But it DOES have Closed Captions.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars in good condition. However
DVD arrived on time, in good condition. However, I found the movie boring, not what I expected.
Published 9 days ago by EAT PRAY TRAVEL
2.0 out of 5 stars It looked like it had never been burned
This dvd would not play. It looked like it had never been burned. We really wanted to see it, but guess it was not meant to be/
Published 2 months ago by Pam Hoge
5.0 out of 5 stars what a story!!
what a story!! don't miss this. a real classic. good family entertainment with a message. we all loved it!
10 stars!
Published 3 months ago by victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute little film
I like it alot and was very pleased with my purchase,I have to admit though I enjoyed Victoria Hamiltons performance over Bonhams performance
Published 5 months ago by Victoria R.Remington
4.0 out of 5 stars WHY SO GLUM?
Skilled performances, particularly from Helen Bonham Carter as the wicked culinary stepmother. Have watched it several times, and still wonder how and why the young boy who lost... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jill drapcho
2.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully amusing book turns into a largely sad film
'Toast' - the book by the renowned columnist and food writer Nigel Slater is well worth a read - and describes his childhood memories growing up in the West Midlands, England. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nigel H. Greig
2.0 out of 5 stars Bored
I have to say that I got about 45 minutes into this movie and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why I was still watching it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy filled!!!!!
There isn't much you couldn't say about how good this film is, one friend of mine said it was a little slow for her but she still enjoyed it and I'll say it's because of character... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Timpee
5.0 out of 5 stars Toast
A wonder 1960's movie filled with so many memories of my own child hood from the wall paper to the stove used for cooking.
Published 7 months ago by Skye M. Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film- it's not really about toast
So I bought this film because two of my favorite things are in it: Helena Bonham-Carter and toast.
In seriousness, it was a good film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by StinkoDeMayo
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