This movie is of Hally, an adolescent white South African. He is stuck between his intolerant father's outlook of him and those of his caretaker, Sam. Sam is a black waiter and Hally's ... See full summary »
Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great ... See full summary »
Helena Bonham Carter,
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
Wolverhampton,1967: nine year old Nigel Slater loves his mother though she is a hopeless cook, her finest offering being toast whilst he has great culinary aspirations. When she dies of asthma Nigel is left with a distant father but worse is to come when the 'common' Mrs. Joan Potter arrives as the Slaters' cleaner. Nigel fears, rightly, that her aim is to be the next Mrs. Slater and soon he has a new stepmother and is whisked away to the country. Joan is, however, a superb cook but this only makes for rivalry as Nigel, the only boy in his cookery class at secondary school, competes with her to find the way to his father's heart. A weekend job in a pub kitchen introduces Nigel to an older boy, another great cook and gay like himself, who gives him the confidence and inspiration to leave home after his father's death and head for the hotel kitchens of London.Written by
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The UK audience for the BBC1 transmission of Toast on December 30, 2010 averaged 6.2 million viewers, a 25.3% share, with another 10,000 viewers watching a later showing on the BBC HD channel. See more »
In the opening scene, Nigel states that his mother had an aversion to fresh vegetables and that he has "never had a vegetable that didn't come in a tin," but in the picnic scene at the beach the family clearly has fresh butter lettuce leaves and half a tomato in their lunch, and they have vegetables planted in their garden in the back yard. See more »
I brought you a cup of tea, nice with a cake.
I don't want to, I don't have to have it. I don't want you in my life anymore!
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The opening credits in the grocery store consist of the names of the writers, producer and lead actors printed on actual products, the title, and the director's name shown on a scale. See more »
Toast sounded so good that I ordered a copy from the UK since it is not available yet in the US, but it was disappointing. Despite a few notable exceptions - like Clapham Junction and The Lost Language of Cranes - it seems the British are not much better at making TV movies than we Americans are. This one is precious and phony, with a truly terrible screenplay and corny acting even from actors who can be great, like Bonham Carter.
The first kid who plays Nigel (before Freddie Highmore takes over during adolescence) gives a particularly cringeworthy performance; but I blame the director, not the kid. Everything is overdone in this movie, all the emotions overblown, all the situations as contrived as skits on I Love Lucy; the result is that nothing is believable, and none of the characters that sound good in reviews come across as real human beings - they're just actors striking mawkish poses and declaiming badly written lines for the camera.
The movie does not even look good: the photography is so heavy with sepia tones and soft focus that I felt like my glasses needed cleaning. Finally, I am sorry, but Freddie Highmore is NOT believable playing gay; maybe he could pull it off with a competent director and a believable screenplay, but he does not have them in Toast. He is badly miscast, but that is hard to say because this whole movie is so badly made.
Toast is only for those addicted to very broad melodrama and shallow sentimentality, but I hesitate to recommend it even to them.
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