Toast (2010)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Biography, Comedy, Drama


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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.


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29 August 2011 | jm10701
Overblown and unbelievable
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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