What happens when your very own smart talking, make-up sporting, mini me comes to stay – forever? In Breakfast with Scot, a couple take on a not-so-average 11-year-old.
Eric McNally (Tom Cavanagh) is a gay retired hockey player turned television sports caster who lives with his very good-looking partner Sam (Ben Shenkman), a sports lawyer. When Sam unexpectedly becomes the legal guardian of his brother’s stepson, Scot (Noah Bernett), their lives are turned upside down.
Breakfast with Scot may appear to be just another comedy about gay parenting, but Scot isn’t your stereotypical boy. He sings show tunes, wears feather boas and makes T-shaped pancakes – homage to his single ‘T’ first name.
While Sam is comfortable with his orientation, Eric keeps their four-year relationship a secret for the sake of his career and as an ex-Toronto Maple Leaf and closeted gay man, Eric finds Scot’s flamboyance discomforting. To deal with these feelings, Eric encourages Scot to play hockey. His new kid surprisingly takes to the ice like a fish to water, but as Scot spends more time with athletes than outcasts, he develops a mean streak, which presents even greater challenges.
Star Ben Shenkman talks about the experience of playing a gay parent to an effeminate child in an interview with NYC Movie Guru: “One of the [questions] that comes up is, ‘Is Scot really gay?’ and what does it mean to talk about being gay when you’re pre-sexual. I intuit that kids are gay from an early age. If you’re gay, you’re four or five years old and have crushes on male figures in the same way that a straight person has crushes on females from an early age.”
Breakfast With Scot plays at Rialto Cinemas Auckland at 6:30pm on Thursday December 13 as part of the Number 8 Films Auckland Gay Film Night series. Tickets online at www.number8films.com.