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Flakes (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 March 2007 (USA)
A cereal bar manager with dreams of making it big as a rock star, is admired by the locals in town until a greedy capitalist steals his entrepreneurial business.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Stanford ... Neal Downs
Christopher Lloyd ... Willie
Ryan Donowho ... Skinny Larry
Carol Sutton ... Miss Lucille
Zooey Deschanel ... Miss Pussy Katz
Frank Wood ... Bruce
B.J. Hopper B.J. Hopper ... Old Tom
Jane Brody ... Tourist Woman
Keir O'Donnell ... Stuart
Brent Kirkpatrick Brent Kirkpatrick ... R Cafe Lead Singer
Izabella Miko ... Strawberry
Walter Breaux Walter Breaux ... Homeless Man
Tony Molino Tony Molino ... Police Officer
Margaret Lawhon Margaret Lawhon ... News Reporter
Maria Mason Maria Mason ... Woman Customer
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Storyline

Aspiring rock musician Neal Downs manages a cereal bar. Stylish Miss Pussy Katz is the creator of radically-themed art clothing. When the cereal bar, brings in an offbeat crew of locals, who debate the arcana of cereal history and ideal milk/flake ratios, an aspiring capitalist rips off their concept. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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Taglines:

A tasty tale of love and war!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

IFC Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Хлопья See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$476, 23 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$778, 23 December 2007
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

The homeless extras were recruited from local homeless shelters. See more »

Quotes

Miss Pussy Katz: There is no such thing as just a job. Anything that takes up your time takes up your life. What if you never do anything that you think is important?
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Connections

References The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything A Dream Could Be
Written by Michael Wayne Jones & Jon Ehrlich
Performed by Wayne Jones
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the very definition of an innocuous film
15 October 2009 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

According to boxofficemojo.com, Michael Lehmann's "Flakes" raked in all of $778 in revenue when it was released in late 2007. And although one hates to kick a well-intentioned, low budget film when it's down, the truth is that "Flakes" is a cute idea that doesn't really amount to all that much in the long run. In fact, the film is so benign and innocuous that it seems to be evaporating even as you're watching it.

Neal Downs (Aaron Stanford) is a struggling musician who works as manager of a little New Orleans eatery called Flakes (owned by Christopher Lloyd) that serves nothing but cold cereal to its loyal clientele. When a rival franchise opens up across the street, Neal's girlfriend, the self-named Pussy Katz (Zooey Deschanel), applies for a job at the new establishment as a means of getting back at Neal for refusing to hire her at his own place.

The pro-capitalist vs. anti-capitalist theme that runs through the storyline is halfhearted and underdeveloped at best. Moreover, while the cast is engaging and appealing (especially Deschanel), the undernourished Chris Poche/Karey Kirkpatrick screenplay doesn't give the actors a whole lot of solid material to work with. And even the relatively fresh and novel New Orleans setting isn't exploited as much as it could be for its old-world atmosphere and charm.


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