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"BREAKFAST ON PLUTO"
(2005) (Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Extreme Extreme Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Mild None Extreme Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Extreme Moderate Moderate Heavy Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A young, Irish cross-dresser encounters an eclectic assortment of people as he continues on his quest to find the mother who abandoned him as an infant.
PLOT:
It's Tyreelin, Ireland, 1958 and young housekeeper Eily Bergin (EVA BIRTHISTLE) deposits a baby on the steps of the local parish run by Father Bernard (LIAM NEESON). A decade later, Patrick (CONOR McEVOY) is a young boy who hangs out with his friends "Charlie" (BIANCA O'CONNOR), Irwin (EMMET LAWLOR McHUGH) and Laurence (SEAMUS REILLY), when not shocking his foster mom by dressing up in drag. After learning from Laurence's dad about the mom he never knew, Patrick dreams of going to London where she supposedly resides and finding her.

Years later, teenage Patrick (CILLIAN MURPHY) is still shocking authority figures and now goes by the name "Kitten." After an encounter with some drugged up, mystical bikers, Kitten decides to head out on the road where he encounters an eclectic assortment of characters who fall for and/or help him on his personal journey. They include rock singer Billy Hatchet (GAVIN FRIDAY) who makes Kitten part of his band, an act that eventually leads to a run in with IRA gun smugglers.

Then there's kiddie theme park employee Uncle Bulgaria (BRENDAN GLEESON) who dresses as a clown and gets Kitten a job there, followed by stage magician Bertie (STEPHEN REA) who employs Kitten as part of his act. As he continues on his quest to find his mom and still has dealings with the now young adult Charlie (RUTH NEGGA) and Irwin (LAURENCE KINLAN), as well as repeated run-ins with IRA dealings, Kitten tries to resolve his parental issues as well as find his place in the world.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Unless they're a fan of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexuality, language, some violence and drug use.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • CILLIAN MURPHY plays a gay cross-dresser who likes to buck the system, uses strong profanity, drinks, briefly does pot and is in constant search of the mother he never knew.
  • LIAM NEESON plays the priest who fathered Patrick with his housekeeper but never admitted to being his father.
  • RUTH NEGGA plays Patrick's long-time friend from his childhood who discovers she's pregnant by a friend and nearly has an abortion, but then has her baby. She uses strong profanity, smokes and drinks.
  • LAURENCE KINLAN plays their childhood friend who's now involved in the IRA.
  • SEAMUS REILLY plays Patrick's childhood friend who has Down's Syndrome.
  • STEPHEN REA plays an older stage magician who makes Kitten part of his act.
  • BRENDAN GLEESON plays a bitter kiddie theme park employee who dresses up as a costumed character, gets Kitten a job working there, and drinks.
  • CONOR McEVOY plays young Patrick who enjoys dressing up in drag, playing with his friends and rocking the boat in terms of shocking authority figures.
  • GAVIN FRIDAY plays the rock and rock singer who falls for Kitten and makes him part of his band before eventually being forced to stop that by his band mates.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated drama. Profanity consists of at least 73 "f" words in dialogue and song lyrics, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, a sexual encounter is seen (with movement, but no explicit nudity), others are implied, the main character is a gay cross-dresser who has encounters with other men, and various hookers and peep show dancers are seen (the latter being scantly clad and doing sexualized dancing for clients, while bare breasts may be seen in the background of one such shot).

    Violence consists of people being killed by various means (bombings, gunfire, etc.), others being threatened with deadly violence, some attacking and striking of others, and the torching of a church. Some of that has bloody/gory results and may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, while those responsible have bad attitudes, as do others. Various characters smoke and/or drink, and some do drugs. Thematic elements include a planned abortion, the IRA, Down's Syndrome, and the main character searching for his mother who abandoned him as an infant. Finally, some material may be enticing for some kids to imitate.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, a flying shot above the hamlet (following some birds) might induce that in some viewers prone to that.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • A decal on a large mirror advertises port, while we later see something similar for other alcohol.
  • Miscellaneous people drink.
  • Kitten and his teenage friends drink beer and smoke pot with members of a motorcycle gang.
  • Various people drink on a tour bus.
  • People have drinks at a concert.
  • Various people drink.
  • Miscellaneous people drink at a concert.
  • A man sarcastically asks Kitten if he's on dope (he's not).
  • Kitten and Uncle Bulgaria drink in a bar where they later look intoxicated.
  • Miscellaneous people drink while watching Bertie's magic act. We later see different crowds doing the same thing in several scenes.
  • Kitten, Charlie, Irwin, Uncle Bulgaria and others drink at a party at a bar.
  • Miscellaneous people drink at a club.
  • Some strippers drink.
  • We see that Father Bernard has taken in Charlie (who's pregnant), briefly commenting on drug charges against her.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see that Irwin has wet his pants while nervously serving as some men's getaway driver for a revenge-based murder.
  • We see some red marks on Kitten's throat from where a man earlier tried to strangle him with something.
  • As Kitten serves as the person to be cut in half in a box that Bertie is sawing through (as part of his magic act), we see fake blood on Kitten's face as well as some on the floor. Later, Bertie has Kitten attached to a vertically spinning wheel and throws a knife that hits him in the chest (we see some blood on Kitten's shirt around it). Bertie then removes a fake heart from Kitten's clothing and wrings fake blood from it before giving it back to him.
  • A terrorist explosion suddenly rips through a nightclub, injuring and presumably killing many people. We see various injured people (who are bloody to varying degrees), a severed arm and Kitten who's very bloody.
  • We see blood from Kitten's mouth down to a table as a cop roughs him up while interrogating him.
  • We see two men who have another man at night (bloody drool runs from his mouth). They then have him walk in front of him and then one shoots him from behind (no impact and no blood).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • A male construction worker makes a non-explicit, but sexually related verbal come-on to Kitten, not realizing he's a guy in drag.
  • A woman drops off (abandons) her infant (young Patrick) at Father Bernard's church doorstep and it's strongly suggested that the priest is the father.
  • We see young Patrick in a woman's dress and putting on lipstick. After his foster mother catches him that way, we see her scrubbing him in a wash tub and then whacking him when he smart mouths her.
  • Patrick's foster mom isn't nice to him (nor is the woman's daughter) and he shares the same sentiment toward them.
  • Just based on the way they look, some bouncers at a dance won't let Kitten and his friends enter. They then sic some rough-looking thugs on them, but Kitten and his friends leave with a friendly motorcycle gang.
  • People attending a Billy Rock and the Mohawks concert make stereotypical Indian warrior sounds with their hands and mouths (while the band members are slightly dressed as mod Indians and Kitten is later dressed as a stereotypical squaw).
  • Concert attendees throw things at the stage and band members from disliking Billy and Kitten's song together.
  • Some men call Kitten a "Nancy boy" for being effeminate.
  • Fed up with his boss' demands, Uncle Bulgaria removes his costume head, punches the boss in the face and then chases after him, throwing a mallet at him.
  • Charlie smokes (once that we see) while pregnant.
  • For those opposed to abortion: We learn that Charlie is pregnant by Irwin (she doesn't tell him). She then heads off to an abortion clinic with Kitten (who says it's probably a good thing because the kid would probably end up screwed up like him), but that causes her to change her mind. We later see her with her baby and she's happy.
  • Some viewers will see the members of the IRA as having bad attitudes (especially when a bombing kills and injures many people).
  • Rescuers at a bombing react adversely upon learning that the injured Kitten is really a man.
  • Two cops rough up Kitten in an interrogation room (thinking he's responsible for a bombing in which he was injured). One repeatedly bangs Kitten's bloodied head to a table, while another slams him against the wall and hits him several times.
  • A person throws something that's lit through a window in Father Bernard's church that quickly engulfs it and his living quarters in flames (presumably for having Kitten staying with him, not realizing he's his father).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • As Kitten and others watch as British police/soldiers deal with a suspicious car, the robot they send toward it draws the attention of Laurence who walks toward it. Everyone screams for him to stop as the car explodes and kills him (we don't see the impact or body, but do see the subsequent funeral).
  • Having learned that Kitten has thrown their weapons away, Billy grabs Kitten by the throat, but can't harm him since he loves him. Kitten then pushes him away. Later, however, two IRA members manhandle Kitten in the trailer and push his face up against a window. Later, and being fed up with Kitten feeding them false information, they have Kitten stand in a hole they've dug (looking for the guns) and one holds a gun on him but doesn't shoot once Kitten tells them he knows Irwin. They then leave.
  • Two men leave Irwin as the getaway driver as they rush off to get revenge for an earlier bombing. We then hear gunshots and some screaming, followed by the men rushing back to the car with Irwin briefly stalling it before taking off.
  • We see various hookers on the street, one of which isn't happy to see Kitten there, especially when a man in a car picks him up instead of her. Kitten likes the attention and removes his coat when the man asks. But the "John" then turns violent and tries to strangle Kitten with something around his neck, with Kitten panicking until he grabs his perfume that he blasts into the man's eyes before fleeing from his car.
  • As Kitten serves as the person to be cut in half in a box that Bertie is sawing through (as part of his magic act), we see fake blood on Kitten's face as well as some on the floor. Later, Bertie has Kitten attached to a vertically spinning wheel and throws a knife that hits him in the chest (we see some blood on Kitten's shirt around it). Bertie then removes a fake heart from Kitten's clothing and wrings fake blood from it before giving it back to him.
  • A terrorist explosion suddenly rips through a nightclub, injuring and presumably killing many people. We see various injured people (who are bloody to varying degrees), a severed arm and Kitten who's very bloody.
  • Two cops rough up Kitten in an interrogation room (thinking he's responsible for a bombing in which he was injured). One repeatedly bangs Kitten's bloodied head to a table, while another slams him against the wall and hits him several times.
  • We see two men who have another man under their control at night (bloody drool runs from his mouth). They then have him walk in front of them and then one shoots him from behind (no impact and no blood).
  • A person throws something that's lit through a window in Father Bernard's church that quickly engulfs it and his living quarters in flames. Father Bernard then races to rouse Kitten and Charlie from sleep and gets them out of the burning place just in time.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Rifles/Unseen Explosives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • We see young Patrick's friends carrying toy guys as they play with him tied up as the damsel in distress.
  • A British soldier carries a rifle as he checks Billy and his band's vehicle at a checkpoint.
  • While cleaning the old trailer where Billy has him living, Kitten finds a stockpile of IRA weapons hidden beneath the floor. We later see more weapons deposited there, but following a terrorism related death, Kitten throws all of the weapons into a large body of water.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • The occasionally thick accents and regional slang mean that the following should be considered a minimum as other related material may be present. That said, we heard the following phrases: "Holy f*ck," "F*ck me pink with a hairy arse," "F*ck you," "Not for f*cking long," "F*ck off," "Nobody gives a f*ck," "What the f*ck /are you talking about/do you think this is?" "Open the f*cking door," "F*ck him," "For f*ck's sake," "Back off, m*therf*cker," "Big f*cking city," "All f*cked up," "F*cking disaster," "F*ck this," "You...little c*nt," "Show me your p*ssy," "Horny," "Hairy arse," "Bitch" (man), "Nancy boy" (effeminate person), "Bollocks," "Bastards," "Bloke" and "Isn't worth a damn."
  • It's possible the film could inspire some kids to dress in drag.
  • Concert attendees throw things at the stage and band members from disliking Billy and Kitten's song together.
  • Some men call Kitten a "Nancy boy" for being effeminate.
  • A miscellaneous man has many tattoos on his arms.
  • As Kitten serves as the person to be cut in half in a box that Bertie is sawing through (as part of his magic act), we see fake blood on Kitten's face as well as some on the floor. Later, Bertie has Kitten attached to a vertically spinning wheel and throws a knife that hits him in the chest (we see some blood on Kitten's shirt around it). Bertie then removes a fake heart from Kitten's clothing and wrings fake blood from it before giving it back to him.
  • A person throws something that's lit through a window in Father Bernard's church that quickly engulfs it and his living quarters in flames.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A terrorist explosion suddenly rips through a nightclub, injuring and presumably killing many people.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has the repeated lyrics "F*ck you" while another has a line about "F*ck the British army."
  • PROFANITY
  • The occasionally thick accents and regional slang mean that the following should be considered a minimum as other related material may be present. That said, we heard the following: At least 73 "f" words (1 used with "mother"), 4 slang terms for male genitals (variations of "d*ck" along with "wiener" and what sounded like "cannon"), 2 using female ones ("c*nt" and "p*ssy"), 4 asses, 2 bollocks, 2 damns, 4 uses of "Jesus," 3 each of "Oh God" and "Oh my God," 2 each of "Christ," "Jesus Christ" and "Swear to God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes," "For the love of God," "Good Lord," "Oh Jesus" and "Oh Lord."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • The occasionally thick accents and regional slang mean that the following should be considered a minimum as other related material may be present. That said, we heard the following:
  • A male construction worker makes a non-explicit, but sexually related verbal come-on to Kitten, not realizing he's a guy in drag.
  • Realizing that his real mother was probably Father Bernard's housekeeper, Patrick writes a comical story about them in class which we then see visualized and played to exaggeration. During that, Father Bernard eyes Eily's clothed rear as she's on her hands and knees, facing away from him, scrubbing the floor. He then literally flies across the room to her and there's narration that she sensed movement under his trousers. She then makes various comments toward his unseen genitals (as her face is close to them), calling them "d*ckie-doodle" and telling them "down." The narrator then says that she has hair that would make anyone's privates go "boing" as she says "down boy" to his crotch. He then lustfully looks at her as she pulls up her dress to reveal her garter, mentioning something about his pent-up sexual energy. We then see a shot of him lying on top of her, apparently having sex (he's between her legs, but beyond part of her bare leg, there's no nudity). She complains of it hurting and then commenting on it suddenly being wet, with comments made by the narrator about the "liquid" down there.
  • A priest addresses his congregation of teens, telling them that their bodies are going through changes and that if any of them have questions, they should leave them in a box to be answered. We then see Kitten in trouble for having asked about a sex change operation.
  • In various scenes, Kitten longingly looks at various men, such as a motorcycle gang leader, Billy Hatchet, Bertie and others.
  • Billy and Kitten mutually come on to each other, dance close outside the tour bus (as Billy's unbelieving band mates watch on) and Kitten later joins the act as his "squaw" on stage.
  • We see a bikini-clad hooker dancing around Kitten (and commenting on what sounded like his "cannon"), while Uncle Bulgaria heads off up some steps with another (presumably for sex).
  • We see various hookers on the street, one of which isn't happy to see Kitten there, especially when a man in a car picks him up instead of her. Kitten likes the attention and removes his coat when the man asks. But the "John" then turns violent and tries to strangle Kitten with something around his neck, with Kitten panicking until he grabs his perfume that he blasts into the man's eyes before fleeing from his car.
  • We learn that Charlie is pregnant by Irwin (she doesn't tell him).
  • We see some miscellaneous cleavage.
  • Kitten slow dances close with a man in a club, but a subsequent terrorist explosion stops that.
  • We see a newspaper photo of Kitten being carried out from a bombing with a large "X" across his crotch area where his penis had been exposed (not seen). During this scene, Kitten jokes about them covering up his "wiener."
  • Kitten imagines a bit where he's something of a spy, busting into the terrorists' headquarters and flashing his bra at the men there.
  • A man picks up Kitten on the street and says he'll pay him (for sex).
  • A cop picks up Kitten off the street and takes him to be employed at a peep show for men (thinking it's safer than him working the streets). As they enter, we see various written sign descriptions of such businesses ("Peep Show," "Erotic," etc.).
  • We see some scantly clad strippers at a peep show establishment (one shows a lot of cleavage while another slowly gyrates around while bent over). We then see Kitten in one of these booths (where he can't see the paying customer), with the man saying "Show me your p*ssy" as we appear to see a real woman in the background showing her bare breasts (but that part of the shot is out of focus, so it's hard to tell).
  • With another such client, Kitten starts to show his crotch, but the client (who turns out to be Father Bernard) tells him to stop and then tells him a story.
  • A boy refers to Charlie's vagina or uterus as her "fireplace" (after having said that his own mother has a bun in the fireplace, mistaking that for oven).
  • SMOKING
  • Charlie and his foster mom each smoke several times, Irwin smokes at least once and a number of minor and miscellaneous characters smoke in a number of scenes.
  • Charlie smokes (once that we see) while pregnant.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A woman drops off (abandons) an infant (young Patrick) at Father Bernard's church doorstep.
  • A man talks to young Patrick about his biological mother (and her leaving) but that he didn't know who the father was.
  • Patrick's foster mom isn't nice to him (nor is the woman's daughter) and he shares the same sentiment toward them.
  • For much of the film, Kitten is off trying to track down his biological mother.
  • We learn that Charlie is pregnant by Irwin (she doesn't tell him). She then heads off to an abortion clinic with Kitten (who says it's probably a good thing because the kid would probably end up screwed up like him), but that causes her to change her mind. We later see her with her baby and she's happy.
  • Kitten chases a woman he thinks might be his mother, but loses her on a subway car that leaves when he gets there.
  • Kitten learns that Father Bernard is his biological father.
  • Kitten finally meets his biological mother while posing as a telecom surveyor, but is torn by not being willing to say who he really is.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • A woman drops off (abandons) an infant (young Patrick) at Father Bernard's church doorstep.
  • Cross-dressing.
  • For much of the film, Kitten is off trying to track down his biological mother.
  • Charlie smokes (once that we see) while pregnant.
  • We learn that Charlie is pregnant by Irwin (she doesn't tell him). She then heads off to an abortion clinic with Kitten (who says it's probably a good thing because the kid would probably end up screwed up like him), but that causes her to change her mind. We later see her with her baby and she's happy.
  • The IRA.
  • One of Patrick's young childhood friends has Down's syndrome.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see young Patrick in a woman's dress and putting on lipstick. After his foster mother catches him that way, we see her scrubbing him in a wash tub and then whacking him when he smart mouths her.
  • After having read Patrick's lurid story in class, his teacher whacks at him with a rolled up magazine or paper.
  • A priest has Kitten by the ear or hair and leads him to another room (for having asked about a sex change operation).
  • Concert attendees throw things at the stage and band members from disliking Billy and Kitten's song together.
  • As Kitten and others watch as British police/soldiers deal with a suspicious car, the robot they send toward it draws the attention of Laurence who walks toward it. Everyone screams for him to stop as the car explodes and kills him (we don't see the impact or body, but do see the subsequent funeral).
  • Having learned that Kitten has thrown their weapons away, Billy grabs Kitten by the throat, but can't harm him since he loves him. Kitten then pushes him away. Later, however, two IRA members manhandle Kitten in the trailer and push his face up against a window. Later, and being fed up with Kitten feeding them false information, they have Kitten stand in a hole they've dug (looking for the guns) and one holds a gun on him but doesn't shoot once Kitten tells them he knows Irwin. They then leave.
  • Two men leave Irwin as the getaway driver as they rush off to get revenge for an earlier bombing. We then hear gunshots and some screaming, followed by the men rushing back to the car with Irwin briefly stalling it before taking off.
  • Fed up with his boss' demands, Uncle Bulgaria removes his costume head, punches the boss in the face and then chases after him, throwing a mallet at him.
  • We see various hookers on the street, one of which isn't happy to see Kitten there, especially when a man in a car picks him up instead of her. Kitten likes the attention and removes his coat when the man asks. But the "John" then turns violent and tries to strangle Kitten with something around his neck, with Kitten panicking until he grabs his perfume that he blasts into the man's eyes before fleeing from his car.
  • Charlie smacks Kitten on the face for being part of Bertie's magic act.
  • A terrorist explosion suddenly rips through a nightclub, injuring and presumably killing many people. We see various injured people (who are bloody to varying degrees), a severed arm and Kitten who's very bloody.
  • Two cops rough up Kitten in an interrogation room (thinking he's responsible for a bombing in which he was injured). One repeatedly bangs Kitten's bloodied head to a table, while another slams him against the wall and hits him several times.
  • Kitten imagines a bit where he's something of a spy, busting into the terrorist's headquarters and taking out all of them (as they draw guns on him) by spraying perfume in their faces.
  • We see two men who have another man under their control at night (bloody drool runs from his mouth). They then have him walk in front of them and then one shoots him from behind (no impact and no blood).
  • A person throws something that's lit through a window in Father Bernard's church that quickly engulfs it and his living quarters in flames. Father Bernard then races to rouse Kitten and Charlie from sleep and gets them out of the burning place just in time.



  • Reviewed October 31, 2005 / Posted December 30, 2005

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