Over the course of a balmy east coast summer, an
introverted, bespectacled teenager is brought into the strange and delightful world of his bohemian neighbors. What unfolds, against the backdrop of lush flowerbeds and overgrown vegetable patches, is a mirthful story of unlikely and rekindled friendships. But for all of its wine-soaked, pot-infused dreaminess, Breakfast is firmly rooted in reality. The rambling purple house where the action happens is writer/director/co-star Laura Colella’s, and her captivating cast is composed of her very own housemates and neighbors. Despite the homespun approach and unfettered narrative, Colella’s smartly written, tightly directed tale has a distinct vision and clear intention, one joyously devoted to the pleasure principle.
From Variety (Robert Koehler):
Free-floating and bucolic… Colella’s tale of a lad’s seminal summer will win hearts and minds.
From the Huffington Post (John Lopez):
On the lower-fi segment of the spectrum, you often also have the most heart, and Breakfast With Curtis turns out to be one of those surprises… a mellowed-out, jazzy free-form riff of eccentricity that is the perfect thing to stumble on after a handful of brunch-time Bloody Marys when you’re in need of a cool place to wait out the mid-day heat.
Chicago Sun-Times (Anath White):
In time, Curtis is drawn out of his shell to join this revelatory, pleasure-seeking, self-styled family in its technicolor joie de vivre. “Breakfast with Curtis” is the home movie you’d make if you were pretty talented