Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Breakfast with Scot" - a gay "Raising Helen"


Well, the Ontario comedy “Breakfast with Scot” is a bit like a gay “Raising Helen.” “Kind of” similar perhaps. Actually, the situation is a bit more complicated and opportunistic.

First, the basics. The film is distributed by Regent and Here! and is directed by Laurie Lynd, with the novel by Michael Downing. It looks gaudy and is shot in full widescreen with “2.35:1” aspect ratio. Eric and Sam (Thomas Cavanagh and Ben Shankman), who look a bit too much alike, are a nice male couple. Eric was a Canadian hockey player and now is a sportcaster, and Sam is a lawyer. Sam’s brother, Billy, is in Brazil when Billy’s girl friend dies and leaves the son, Scot, loose. Eric and Sam wind up taking care of Sam, at first having to deal with making their attic into a real bedroom. Sam turns out to be quite colorful, loving to sing and cross dress, making a sensation at his middle school. The gay couple has to deal with the comic irony that the boy may be more obviously "gay" than they are. The female teacher wants him to have other male role models besides the “fine young male couple.” Eric starts to teach Scot to play hockey, and that leads to comic complications. Finally, Billy returns at a Christmas party, but it becomes clear that Scot wants the male couple to become his family.

Remember, in the NBC soap “Days of our Lives” the character Nick wound up taking care of two boys as a result of a bizarre con in Las Vegas.

The film obviously argues for both gay marriage and gay adoption. But it also shows how childless and often single people may suddenly find themselves in a situation where they are expected to take care of "OPC", other people's children. Here, as in "Raising Helen" and "Saving Sara Cain" (discussed on this blog Aug. 24, 2007), a single person (the new film doesn't say that the men are married according to progressive Canadian or Ontario law) finds himself, after a death and a will, indirectly, at least, confronted with the challenge of child care. The film does include a "will reading" scene with a lawyer. The character Eric has said he doesn't want kids.

This movie was the opening night film for the LGBT Reel Affirmations Film Festival in Washington DC, (the 18th festival) at the Lincoln Theater at 13th and U Sts NW.

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