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Running Time:
2 hours, 15 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Cillian Murphy in a gutsy performance is magnetizing, fascinating, and completely likeable in one of the finest film performances of the year.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio commentary with director Neil Jordan and Cillian Murphy; Behind the scenes of Breakfast on Pluto.

Breakfast On Pluto
Cillian Murphy (Red Eye) plays Patrick "Kitten" Braden. He has the slender body of a man but the desire to be a woman, with his hair and makeup completing his fantasy. As narrator of the film, he tells how he was placed on a church doorstep as an infant, discovered by Father Bernard (Liam Neeson) in a small town in Ireland. As a boy of 10 (Conor McEvoy) we see him being raised by a stern foster mother who responds poorly to his inner urges as he begins putting on lipstick and cross dressing. The boy believes that what he's doing is perfectly normal, but his restrictive household proves too intolerant for his behavior, so once he's matured he decides to seek his fortunes outside the safety of his home. He is mostly obsessed with finding his birth mother and the circumstances of his birth. His main clue is her likeliness to the famous movie star Mitzi Gaynor. Now called "Kitten," he embarks on a life of sexual opportunism, finding a living in the arms of men and splurging on all the latest fashions. His first relationship is with a band leader (Gavin Friday) who takes him along on his tour bus, keeps him in an empty cabin and uses him in his act dressed as an Indian princess. An involvement with IRA arms ends his good fortune, forcing him to begin a picaresque journey onto the streets of London. This film seems to be a follow-up to director Neil Jordan's popular "The Crying Game," and he has again cast Stephen Rea in an sympathetic role as Bertie, a magician smitten with the transvestite who also uses him in his act. Next he runs into Brendan Gleeson who's costumed as a Womble, a kiddie theme park character who gets "kitten" a job dressed up as another Womble. Then father Bernard finds the runaway working in a peep show in London and has a confession of his own which leads to Kitten's discovery of the whereabouts of his mother. Sadly there's no big surprise ending as in "The Crying Game," although it really could have used one. For with all its sunny production values and '70s bubblegum soundtrack that carries the film up to a point, it's not quite enough to sustain the 36-chapter, 2 and 1/4 hour running time.

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