Film / Breakfast with Scot
Breakfast with Scot
is a 2007 Canadian film, based on a 1999 book. The film centres on Eric McNally, a closeted (at work) former ice hockey player, now sports commentator. He is in a happy and discreet relationship with Sam, a lawyer. When Sam's brother's ex-girlfriend dies, her eponymous son, Scot, is under the guardianship of Sam's brother, Billy. Unfortunately, Billy is difficult to track down, and so, for the time being, Scot must live with Eric and Sam.
Scot is flamboyantly, unapologetically camp, into makeup, musicals, pancakes and fashion. Eric is decidedly straight acting, and tries to protect Scot and himself by forcing the boy to take up more masculine hobbies.
This film contains the following tropes:
- Armored Closet Gay: Eric is a downplayed example, and is dealing with a lot of internalised homophobia that makes him quite hostile towards Scot's more flamboyant tendencies.
- Badass Gay - Eric is known for being able to fight, and tries to teach Scot to be like this also.
- But Not Too Gay: The film has been criticized for how chaste Eric and Sam are. Partly justified (at least in public) in that Eric is anxious lest he be outed by any show of physical affection.
- Camp Gay: Scot.
- Career-Ending Injury: Eric played for the Toronto Maple Leafs until he broke his shoulder in four places during a training match. He now has a job as a sports reporter.
- Children Raise You: Eric and Sam are already reasonably competent adults (Sam more so than Eric, who admits that Sam has always looked after him), but Scot teaches them to be more accepting of themselves.
- Christmas Songs: Scot likes to sing Christmas carols in October, partially as a coping mechanism.
- Has Two Daddies: Scot, in the end.
- Kids Are Cruel: Eric's opinion, which he claims is from experience, and one of the reasons he is worried by Scot's feminine tendencies.
- Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood - Sam and Eric are thrust into fatherhood. Sam adjusts better than Eric.
- Straight Gay: Eric and, to a lesser extent, Sam.