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Breakfast with Scot is a 2007 Canadian comedy film. It is adapted from the novel by Tufts University professor Michael Downing.[1][2]

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,[3] when the National Hockey League[4] and the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they had approved the use of the team's logo and uniforms in the film.[1][5][6][7] Breakfast with Scot was the first gay-themed film ever to receive this type of approval from a professional sports league.[8][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".[4]

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).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Homosexual Ice Hockey Film Shatters Sports Taboo", 22 December 2006. Retrieved on 29 March 2019. 
  2. Hart, Hugh. "Industry Buzz", 5 October 2008. Retrieved on 29 March 2019. 
  3. Salem, Rob. "Leaf Fans Get New Surprise After Tlusty Photo Affair", 16 November 2007. Retrieved on 29 March 2019. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lumenick, Lou. "Out of the Locker Room, Back in the Closet", 10 October 2008. 
  5. Rodriguez, Rene. "Breakfast With Scot: The Spoonful of Sugar Helps Messages Go Down", 4 December 2008. 
  6. Johnson, Brian D. (22 February 2012). A Gay Hockey Dad Breaks the Ice. Retrieved on 15 November 2007.
  7. Abramowitz, Rachel. "'Breakfast With Scot' Takes Gay Cinema Mainstream", 7 October 2008. 
  8. "'Gay Hockey Movie' Hopes to Score Despite Vicious Remarks", CBC News, 13 September 2007. 
  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 on 2010-05-22.
  12. (November 10, 2008) "'Eastern Promises' tops DGC Awards". Retrieved on 7 October 2013. 

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