Toast 2011 NR

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(42) IMDb 6.7/10
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Based on the bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood, TOAST is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood.

Starring:
Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Toast

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director S.J. Clarkson
Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ken Stott
Supporting actors Colin Prockter, Ken Stott, Matthew McNulty, Frasier Huckle, Kia Pegg, Rielly Newbold, Roger Walker, Rob Jarvis, Amy Marston, Helena Bonham Carter, Selina Cadell, Freddie Highmore, Louise Mardenborough, Corrinne Wicks, Marion Bailey, Tracey Wilkinson, Clare Higgins, Ben Aldridge
Studio Image Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Decided to see it since I like Helena Bonham Carter.
ss0423
Still, the film captures some terrifically poignant moments--with excellent dialogue, good editing, and quality acting.
Billy J. Hobbs
What I didn't like: Nigel Slater by the end of the movie (which kind of ruined the whole thing, for me anyway).
Katherine

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Terry Knapp on October 26, 2011
Format: DVD
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 amazon.co.uk 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 By A kids review on December 29, 2011
Format: DVD
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 By ShowBizBuff on January 1, 2013
Format: DVD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on May 2, 2012
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on August 29, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Torres on November 13, 2012
Format: DVD
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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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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