Breakfast On Pluto

Breakfast On Pluto

Breakfast On Pluto
Abandoned, a baby is left at the doorstep of Father Bernard (Neeson) in Ireland in the 60s. Despite being raised by a strict foster mother and in a Catholic school, Patrick 'Kitten' Braden dons dresses and lipstick from an early age and embraces early manhood as a cheery young transvestite - in-built with a refusal to let others change who he is.

Patrick leaves home and falls in with a rock singer before leaving Ireland to look for his real mother. His nonchalant nature sees him float through a scrapbook of experiences, troubles and unconventional jobs in the politically charged, swinging 60s/70s London. Director Jordan (famous for THAT scene in 'The Crying Game') depicts the story in a fanciful, surreal fashion.
2006Rating: R13, contains violence, offensive language and sexual references124 minsIreland, UK
AdaptationComedyDrama
Director:
Neil Jordan (The od Thief, The Butcher Boy, The Crying Game, Interview With A Vampire, The End Of The Affair)
Writer:
Neil Jordan
Cast:
Cillian MurphyLiam NeesonRuth NeggaLaurence KinlanIan Hart
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

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Neil Jordan revisits the central concerns of "The Crying Game" -- sexual identity and Despite numerous surface pleasures, including a beguiling pop soundtrack and presence of rising star Cillian Murphy in the lead role, dramatic shortcomings spell a mixed overall reception...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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The movie is like a Dickens novel in which the hero moves through the underskirts of society, encountering one colorful character after another... "Breakfast on Pluto" tells the story of an Irish orphan, left on the steps of a priest's rectory and raised by a strict foster mother. Patrick discovers his identity at an early age. One day the woman finds him trying on her dresses and shoes...

3.0
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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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Playful, poetic, shocking, saddening, and ultimately gratifyingly and honestly big-hearted...

4.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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This has charm and glamour but little profundity...

3.0
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BBC

BBC

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Like Cillian Murphy in high heels, Breakfast On Pluto totters along with unnerving hesitancy. Writer/director Neil Jordan uses transvestism as a byword for quirky, but he ventures too far off the beaten track without a compelling story to carry him through. He has made a few inspired changes to the rites-of-passage novel by Pat McCabe about an Irish transvestite living in up in 70s London. But for every moment that glitters there are ten others that don't...

2.0
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Cillian Murphy portrays a damaged young man who has adopted outrageous fantasy as his method of dealing with the harsh world in which he finds himself. Unfortunately for the movie (and in real life), the self-absoption and shallowness are as about engaging as the behaviour itself...

0

I really tried to like this film, but couldn't. It seemed like a poor man's Velvet Goldmine. Don't even get me started on Cillian's performance.

1.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Neil Jordan revisits the central concerns of "The Crying Game" -- sexual identity and Despite numerous surface pleasures, including a beguiling pop soundtrack and presence of rising star Cillian Murphy in the lead role, dramatic shortcomings spell a mixed overall reception...

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The movie is like a Dickens novel in which the hero moves through the underskirts of society, encountering one colorful character after another... "Breakfast on Pluto" tells the story of an Irish orphan, left on the steps of a priest's rectory and raised by a strict foster mother. Patrick discovers his identity at an early age. One day the woman finds him trying on her dresses and shoes...

3.0
0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Playful, poetic, shocking, saddening, and ultimately gratifyingly and honestly big-hearted...

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This has charm and glamour but little profundity...

3.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Like Cillian Murphy in high heels, Breakfast On Pluto totters along with unnerving hesitancy. Writer/director Neil Jordan uses transvestism as a byword for quirky, but he ventures too far off the beaten track without a compelling story to carry him through. He has made a few inspired changes to the rites-of-passage novel by Pat McCabe about an Irish transvestite living in up in 70s London. But for every moment that glitters there are ten others that don't...

2.0
0

Cillian Murphy portrays a damaged young man who has adopted outrageous fantasy as his method of dealing with the harsh world in which he finds himself. Unfortunately for the movie (and in real life), the self-absoption and shallowness are as about engaging as the behaviour itself...

0

I really tried to like this film, but couldn't. It seemed like a poor man's Velvet Goldmine. Don't even get me started on Cillian's performance.

1.0
0