December 4th, 2008

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"Breakfast with Scot" an Gay indie with some heart.

The big losers of Election 2008 was not Senator John McCain and Republicans, but homosexual political advocates. With overwhelming margins, California and Florida voters supported the marriage amendment between a man and a woman. Defeated in the polls, some aggressive gay political action committees have protested against Christian churches. The protests have been ugly and offensive, perhaps creating a greater riff between these two cultures and alienating people on the political sidelines.

In release tomorrow, "Breakfast with Scot" does not have a political manifesto. "Breakfast with Scot" is a situation comedy that happens to deal with gay foster parents and the ramifications of fitting into society. With an exception of a few false notes toward the end, **Breakfast with Scot** is an entertaining comedy about growth and redemption within the holiday season.

Set in Toronto, "Breakfast with Scot" opens at a Maple Leafs' hockey scrimmage for local school children. While most of the players are generous with their autographs, Eric McNally (Thomas Cavanagh) snubs a boy who worships his hockey heroics. Thanks to instant karma,
McNally's bratty behavior earns him a career ending injury.

Five years later, McNally has become a local sportscaster who has landed a prime hockey assignment in Norway. As McNally returns home from work, he realizes that his homosexual partner, Sam ( Ben Shenkman) will be given foster custody of Scot (Noah Bernett), an elementary school aged boy whose mother had died of a drug overdose.

Unlike the worldly experienced and successfully professional Sam and McNally, who closet their gay tendencies, Scott is an innocent sissy boy with long hair and a charm bracelet. When alone, Scot sings Christmas Carols. When confronted by a peer with anger management issues, Scott offers the boy a kiss. When Scot admits to liking musicals , but not liking sports, McNally and Sam fear for the boy's safety in a homophobic community. McNally attempts to make Scot street tough.

Fortunately, "Breakfast with Scot" places an emphasis on situational humor and not political preaching. It is a film about characters who are attempting to adjust to alternating situations while maintaining one's dignity under fire. While Thomas ("Scrubs"/ "Eli Stone") Cavanagh is the most recognizable face with a definite character arc, "Breakfast with Scot" will be remembered for the quirky children cast in the film. Noah Bennett makes the transition from a girly boy to that of an overly aggressive athlete.

"Breakfast with Scott" does falter towards the end. This film features an awkward epiphany scene that feels false and does not live up the film's previous heartfelt intentions. Yet when the film concludes, one feels satisfied with the fates of the characters. With the inclusion of Elton John's "Dance into Christmas" during the musical montage, there is a subtle message about peace on earth and good will towards man. "Breakfast with Scot" will not solve cultural differences, but it is a start in the right direction.