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Funny and heartwarming,
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This review is from: Breakfast With Scot (DVD)
This movie completely charmed me. I bought it because I'm a sucker for anything Canada/hockey-related, but loved it because of the characters, especially Eric (Tom Cavanagh) and Scot (Noah Bernett).
Eric and Sam (Ben Shenkman) are a happy, low-key gay couple. Eric is an ex-Toronto Maple Leaf tough guy with a new career as a sportscaster, and generally keeps his orientation a secret except from close friends and family. Sam, a lawyer, would be more comfortable being out publicly, but humors Eric. Their lives are turned upside down when they are given temporary guardianship of "Sam's brother's dead ex-girlfriend's son," Scot.
11-year-old Scot is more flamboyant than either of the men, favoring pink sweater vests, charm bracelets, sparkly headbands and singing Christmas carols at the top of his lungs when he's upset.
Eric ends up being the one to (reluctantly) spend more time with Scot, by virtue of having the more flexible work schedule, and his patience is sorely tested. Scot tends to introduce Eric to strangers by saying "This is Eric. He's gay" and twirls in front of mirrors at the mall trying on clothes. Eric, predictably uncomfortable with both his own orientation being known and with Scot's obvious swishiness, still instinctively stands up for Scot.
Tom Cavanagh as Eric is both very funny and sweet, his exasperation with Scot obvious but his affection for the kid growing despite himself. Eric has a few missteps along the way as he tries a little too successfully to mold Scot into something "less gay", but eventually comes around to the viewpoint that Scot--and he himself--should just be true to themselves.
It's nice to see a gay couple portrayed as just...normal. Not dumb stereotypes (Will & Grace) or tragically tormented (Brokeback Mountain) or borderline softcore porn (Queer As Folk), but just a functional family unit going about their lives.
And huge props to the National Hockey League and Toronto Maple Leafs to allow their names and logos to be used in a gay-themed movie. Somehow I doubt we'll be seeing the Yankees or Packers do anything similar any time soon.