Flakes

2007 NR 1h 21m DVD

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Flakes

2007 NR 1h 21m DVD
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Hanging out with eccentric pal Pussy Katz and a host of oddball customers, slacker Neal Downs runs a funky bistro in New Orleans that serves nothing but cereal. But his easy life gets difficult when a competitor tries to rip off his restaurant idea.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.66:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Aaron Stanford
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Christopher Lloyd
  • Keir O'Donnell
  • Ryan Donowho
  • Frank Wood
  • Izabella Miko
  • Carol Sutton
  • B.J. Hopper
  • Marco St. John
  • Mark Krasnoff
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that though this comedy may appeal to teenagers because it stars indie fave Deschanel, it has plenty of strong language (including many uses of "f--k") and shows its characters smoking and drinking fairly often. And though it's good-natured, there's something a little disturbing about the one-upmanship between Neal and his girlfriend. Plus, the movie is cereal-obsessed; the characters live and breath cereal trivia (kind of like the way the folks in High Fidelity obsess over music) to the point that the movie almost feels like a cereal infomercial.

Sexual Content

A couple makes out in their bedroom and are then shown in bed, under covers -- the man is naked from the waist up, the woman wears a camisole. Some innuendoes about having sex, but nothing too candid.

Violence

Some yelling between couples. Neal kicks and smashes his speaker.

Language

Frequent use of "f--k" (and another variation, "motherf--ker"), "sh-t," "a--hole," and more.

Social Behavior

The protagonist means well; he's so devoted to his boss that his own work suffers. The relationship between Neal and his girlfriend seems very loving, though when they fight they often hit below the belt. A businessman steals a franchise idea from an entrepreneur.

Consumerism

Name a cereal brand, and it's visible and talked about, including Count Chocula, Lucky Charms, etc. Signage for the two featured restaurants. The whole film seems like an homage to New Orleans, with its montages of the city's tourist haunts.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking (mostly beer, and only by adults) and smoking. In fact, in one scene, Neal smokes so many cigarettes that he arranges the butts to stand up like a phalanx of soldiers. Allusions to drug use, especially in relation to Willie.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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