4 p.m., Dec. 11
True to title, it pops up but then lies flat. The memoir of British celebrity-chef Nigel Slater was turned by S.J. Clarkson into this quaint coming-out fable. His perky, retro, storybook styling serves the humor about bad British cuisine, but larger emotional themes go hungry. Oscar Kennedy is boy Nigel and then Freddie Highmore plays him as an adolescent, frostily snobbish about the brassy domestic help (Helena Bonham Carter) who woos his father with fine, fat meals. Frankly, Slater is a jerk. 2011.
— David Elliott
- Rated NR | 1 hour, 40 minutes
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