Toast

Rated NR 96 minutes 2011

What an annoying little twerp Nigel Slater is, in this odd, off-putting, light-dramatic version of food author Slater’s young life in the English Midlands. Little Nigel — played by Oscar Kennedy and Freddie Highmore, successively — disparages the horrid kitchen skills of his mother (Victoria Hamilton) and later looks down his nose at the “common” housekeeper (Helena Bonham Carter, in burlesque working-class character) who bakes rich goodies for the brat and his father (Ken Stott). Somehow this dyspeptic childhood inspired Slater to write lovingly about cuisine. If Charles Dickens had harbored a foodie streak, he might have built a chapter around prim and proper Nigel’s petty, snobbish selfishness. A new low in the annals of gastro-porn, directed by S.J. Clarkson from a screenplay by Lee Hall, adapted from Slater’s memoir. (96 min.)

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Director: SJ Clarkson

Producer: Faye Ward

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore, Ken Stott, Oscar Kennedy, Victoria Hamilton, Matthew McNulty, Frasier Huckle, Ben Aldridge and Nigel Slater

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