Thursday, January 04, 2007

Men with Brooms burns the rock a bit

Fair warning: January 12 is Hockey Day in Canada.

I watched Men with Brooms last night. Yup, it is definitely about curling. It's got some very dry Canadian humour. It's not brilliant enough to be a parody on other sports movies, and it's not full-out on being a buddy sports movie. It doesn't succeed in being a great movie, but it's a good-enough film for those of you who want a glimpse of one of Canada's national obsessions. I did learn quite a bit about curling that I didn't know before. And it is pretty spectacular to watch a player cast a stone. The script is a bit hackneyed, but it's enjoyable enough watching Leslie Nielsen and Paul Gross in a strained father-son relationship. There's also a subplot with beavers. 'Nuff said.

Definitely not a sport to take for granite.


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