Breakfast with Scot

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Breakfast with Scot
Breakfast with Scot.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLaurie Lynd[1]
Produced byPaul Brown
Howard Rosenman
Nadine Schiff
Written bySean Reycraft
StarringThomas Cavanagh
Ben Shenkman
Noah Bernett
Music byRobert Carli
CinematographyDavid A. Makin
Edited bySusan Shipton
Distributed byMiracle Pictures (CAN)
Regent Releasing
Mongrel Media (CAN DVD)
here! Films (US DVD)
Release date
November 16, 2007 (CAN)
October 10, 2008
Running time
95 minutes
Budget$35 million
Box office$46,069

Breakfast with Scot is a 2007 Canadian comedy film. It is adapted from the 1999 novel by Tufts University professor Michael Downing.[2][3]

The screenplay was adapted by Sean Reycraft from the book by Michael Downing, and the film was directed by Laurie Lynd. The film attracted significant press attention in 2006,[4] when the National Hockey League[5] and the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they had approved the use of the team's logo and uniforms in the film.[2][6][7][8] Breakfast with Scot was the first gay-themed film ever to receive this type of approval from a professional sports league.[1][9]

In early 2007, several months before the film's release, an excerpt was screened at Toronto's Inside Out Film and Video Festival as an advance preview, alongside Lynd's earlier short films RSVP and The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy Anymore.[10]


Eric McNally (Tom Cavanagh) is a gay retired hockey player turned television sportscaster who lives with his 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 as the demands of being a parent—as well as the boy's preference for clothing and hobbies which suggest that he may also be gay—begin to intrude on Eric's desire to remain closeted at work. Eric's unwillingness to accept the situation eventually fades as Scot teaches Eric about loving your true self.



The film won the Globola Audience Award for the best international movie at the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg (Hamburg International Queer Film Festival) in October 2008.[11]

It also won the Family Feature Film award from the Directors Guild of Canada, November 2008.[12]


Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said the film was "so bland and timid", but "well intentioned".[5]

One evangelical Christian group, the Canada Family Action Coalition, responded to the film with anger, calling for a boycott of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE).[2]


  1. ^ a b "'Gay Hockey Movie' Hopes to Score Despite Vicious Remarks". CBC News. 13 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Homosexual Ice Hockey Film Shatters Sports Taboo". Taipei Times. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Hart, Hugh (5 October 2008). "Industry Buzz". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 29 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Salem, Rob (16 November 2007). "Leaf Fans Get New Surprise After Tlusty Photo Affair". Toronto Star. Retrieved 29 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Lumenick, Lou (10 October 2008). "Out of the Locker Room, Back in the Closet". New York Post. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Rene (4 December 2008). "Breakfast With Scot: The Spoonful of Sugar Helps Messages Go Down". Miami Herald.
  7. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (22 February 2012). "A Gay Hockey Dad Breaks the Ice". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Abramowitz, Rachel (7 October 2008). "'Breakfast With Scot' Takes Gay Cinema Mainstream". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ Martin DeGroot, "Queer Film Festival Hopes to Involve More of Public". Toronto Star, March 4, 2008.
  10. ^ "Inside Out Wrap-Up: Laurie Lynd and the Gay-ple Leafs". Torontoist, May 27, 2007.
  11. ^ LSF Hamburg: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2010-05-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "'Eastern Promises' tops DGC Awards". Variety. November 10, 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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