Sunday, August 22, 2010

This is our game. This is our passion. This is our movie.

Hockey. You can't get more Canadian than that. We breathe it, live it, feel it, and own it. After all, we did beat the US and win the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Personally, I am not very interested in the NHL but I would not be Canadian if I did not like hockey on some level. You can actually become an outcast here if you ever utter the words "I hate hockey". No joke, I've seen it happen...okay, maybe not to that extremity, but people do tend to talk to you less.

So why do I keep going on about the "greatest game in our land"? Because this year at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), there's a movie about hockey. Now, it's not just any old Mighty Ducks movie, it's a musical. That's right, a hockey musical. The movie is about a Farley (Noah Reid) who's seventeen years old and is home-schooled. He leads a pretty sheltered life, but much to his parent’s dismay, he loves to play hockey with a bunch of "rink rats", and he's pretty good at it. So good in fact, that he is scouted and signed with a junior league team (and if you know a lot about hockey, lots of future NHL players are scouted from these teams). Of course he becomes an instant star on ice being that this is a movie and they want to sell tickets. Add in a complicated relationship with his best friend who happens to be a girl and some on-ice fighting and you have yourself a very lost Farley who needs to find his way.

What better way to kick off TIFF than with a very Canadian hockey-musical. The movie will premiere on September 11th one the opening night of the festival. The cast includes Olivia Newton-John, Marc Jordan, Stephen McHattie, Allie MacDonald and has musical cameos by Nelly Furtado, Barenaked Ladies, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan.

It can't possibly get any better than that; it has the masculinity of hockey and the femininity of a musical, making it the perfect date movie.


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-S. Maharaj

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