Netflix’s New Comedy ‘Unfrosted’ Is a Star-Studded, Nostalgic Treat That Everyone (Especially Boomers) Will Find Sweet (2024)

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Growing up, I remember going grocery shopping with my mom and perusing the aisles for my favorite snacks and happily placing them into the shopping cart to be devoured in front of the television later. And much like my love for Doritos (the nacho cheese flavor, to be exact) and Oreo cookies as a kid, my unwavering devotion to the Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry Pastries was simply unmatched (and still is, btw).

So, imagine my surprise when I learned that a new comedy film loosely based on the creation of the infamous toaster pastry would be coming to Netflix. And don’t even get me started on the star-studded cast: Jerry Seinfeld (who also directed the film), Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, Hugh Grant, James Marsden and Dan Levy?! Oh, I was already locked in. And watching the official trailer brought my expectations to an all-time high.

But with its nostalgic premise, timeless pop culture references and an all-star cast, I couldn't help but wonder: Is Unfrosted *really* worth the watch? Keep reading for more deets about the new Netflix comedy as well as my honest review.

What Is Unfrosted About?

Serving as Seinfeld’s directorial debut, Unfrosted is a not-so-true retelling of the “great pastry war” of 1963, where Kellogg’s and Post compete to make the world’s first toaster pastry that’s not only safe but easy for kids to make. The movie revolves around a Kellogg’s employee named Bob Cabana (Seinfeld), who learns that Marjorie Post (aka the CEO of Post) and her assistant, Rock Ludwin (Max Greenfield), have stolen his research for a “top secret” project he’s working on, which later becomes the Pop-Tart.

In an effort to transform the breakfast market in America, both cereal companies face off against each other to see who can get their pastry to grocery store shelves first. But in order to turn his idea into a reality, Cabana enlists the help of his former colleague, Donna Stankowski (McCarthy). Together, they form their dream team, consisting of Tom Carvel, Steve Schwinn, Jeff Boyardee and Jack Lalaine.

Who Is in the Cast of Unfrosted?

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Like I said before, this cast is stacked. Aside from the main cast, the movie also included an appearance by James Marsden (Jack Lalanne), Christian Slater (Mike Diamond), Jim Gaffigan (Edsel Kellogg III), Peter Dinklage (Harry Friendly), Ronny Chieng (Chuck) and Cedric The Entertainer (Stu Smiley).

My Unfrosted Review

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If you’re looking for a fact-based story about the making of the Pop-Tart, then you won’t find it here. Unfrosted is a loosely based comedy film that will take you on a fun and pleasantly chaotic ride. From evil milk delivery men to a brawl between cereal mascots (yes, you read that right), this movie is soooo unhinged, and I loved every second of it.

And given the moment in time in which this movie takes place, Unfrosted is an enjoyable watch for viewers of all ages, but especially Boomers. Yes, this movie revolves around the making of the Pop-Tart. But in many ways, Unfrosted is like a love letter to the 1960s. There are a few moments where viewers are shown popular toys from that era, from the X-Ray Vision Spex Glasses to the Whee-Lo. I should also mention that Chubby Checker’s song “The Twist” (which was released in 1960) played in numerous scenes throughout the film.

One scene, which was shot entirely in black-and-white, shows an actor dressed up as Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger. While filming a Frosted Flakes commercial, the actor holds up a box of cereal and says the famous catchphrase: “They’re grrrreat!” And he’s not the only Kellogg’s character who makes an appearance in the film.

Throughout the movie, there is a brief cameo from Snap, Crackle and Pop (the Rice Krispies trio), the “Apple Guy” from Apple Jacks and Keebler Elf from the Fudge Stripes Cookies.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Unfrosted. While the storyline made little to no sense, the ensemble cast saved the movie from becoming a dumpster fire. It brought the laughs, the mayhem and (of course) the tasty pastries. Whether you’re a Boomer or not, Unfrosted is a fun-filled watch from beginning to end.

PureWow Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars

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Unfrosted is a star-studded, nostalgic watch that deserves a spot on your Netflix queue. But what really made the movie an absolute must-watch? It would have to be the talented ensemble cast. While Seinfeld and McCarthy were the comedy duo I never knew I needed, every cast member was a scene-stealer in their own right. Schumer and Greenfield? Hilarious. Fred Armisen? Laugh-out-loud funny. Even Christian Slater, who doesn’t have a background in comedy, got a chuckle or two out of me. This comedy movie deserves all the hype.


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How true is the movie Unfrosted? ›

The origin of these toaster pastries was reimagined in Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix movie, “Unfrosted.” The comedy, starring Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer, fictionalized the rivalry between the Post and Kellogg companies to create a breakfast pastry.

Is Unfrosted a good movie? ›

Critics Reviews

Unfrosted is silly and dumb, but it's meant to be silly and dumb. You don't expect it to take anything seriously and it really, really doesn't. Content collapsed. There's a lot of not terribly funny jokes in this film.

What is the 2024 movie about Kellogg's? ›

In this "tale of ambition, betrayal, sugar, and menacing milkmen", cereal company Kellogg's attempts to beat their rival Post to the market with a revolutionary breakfast pastry in 1963 Battle Creek, Michigan. The film was released in the United States on May 4, 2024, via Netflix.

How accurate is Unfrosted? ›

While the foul play depicted in Unfrosted is largely sensationalized, Kellogg's and Post had a real rivalry that included the theft of ideas. Both companies were founded in Battle Creek, Michigan and developed groundbreaking cereal recipes in the early 20th century.

How true does the story have to be based on a true story? ›

"Based on" a True Story

There are creative liberties taken for sure, but most of the depictions within the script are based on what actually happened and how it happened.

Where was Unfrosted filmed? ›

Jerry Seinfeld's Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story uses UC Irvine to portray Kellogg's HQ in a fun fictional recounting of the Pop-Tart space race. Los Angeles serves as the backdrop for much of the film, with impressive studio sets and CGI creating a bigger world for the story.

Who were Jerry Seinfeld's wives? ›

He is married to author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld, with whom he has three children.

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What is considered the best movie of all time? ›

Citizen Kane (1941), starring and directed by Orson Welles, has topped several international polls, including five consecutive decades at number 1 in the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound decennial poll of critics.

How much did Pop-Tarts cost in 1964? ›

In 1964 a box of Pop-tarts cost . 45 cents. Today Pop-tarts cost between $2.65 - $3.99. and taste better than Pop tarts.

What was Kellogg's original name? ›

The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, later to be known as Kellogg's, was founded on February 19th, 1906. John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg were brothers from a Seventh-day Adventist family in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Why did Will Kellogg create corn flakes? ›

Originally invented as a breakfast food to counter indigestion, it has become a popular food item in the American diet. The cereal, originally made with wheat, was created by Will Kellogg in 1894 for patients at the Battle Creek Sanitarium where he worked with his brother John Kellogg who was the superintendent.

Is the movie True Story based on real events? ›

As we've established, Michael Finkel is a real person, and the film itself has been inspired by his memoir. After his scandal, he was entangled with Christian's story. After these incidents, Finkel has continued being a journalist and author and has contributed to multiple publications, writing on an array of topics.

Are movies based on true story actually true? ›

However, those who label films as "based on a true story" aren't tied to the facts. In many cases, people, places, and events may be altered for dramatic effect. It may not be possible to know exactly what people said in private, so a dramatic film may fill in the gaps with invented dialogue.

How real is based on a true story? ›

Is Based on a True Story based on a true story? In case it all seemed a little outrageous, Based on a True Story is, in fact, fictional and the events in the series are made up. That's not to say the series isn't entirely far off from reality, though.


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