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Men with Brooms

2006-03-30 12:11

Nothing has been the same in the little town of Long Bay, Ontario since Chris Cutter (Paul Gross) disappeared ten years ago. When the curling star took off, he didn't just throw away a chance to win the Golden Broom - the "Stanley Cup" of the curling world - he actually hurled the curling stones into the waters of local Trout Lake. And he also threw away his chance at love, leaving his fiancée Julie Foley standing at the altar.

Since Cutter's rapid retreat his three teammates haven't fared too well: Neil is a dissatisfied mortician in a marriage as lifeless as his customers; James is constantly courting trouble, and Eddie can't impregnate his wife because of his single digit sperm count. But Cutter's former Coach - and Julie's father -- has hatched an idea that just might change all their fates.

Aided by his other daughter Amy (Molly Parker), the Coach dreams up a plan that involves reclaiming the curling rocks from the bottom of Trout Lake. But while raising the rocks, the Coach dies of a heart attack. In the will, Coach Foley stipulates that he wants his ashes placed in the curling team's Copernicus stone; he wants Cutter to re-form the Long Bay Curling Club team; and moreover, he wants them to place his stone -- now his urn -- on the "button" (the curling ring bull's eye) to finally win the Golden Broom.

Realizing that the team needs a coach in order to win, Cutter calls upon an eccentric retired curling champion - his estranged father Gordon Cutter (Leslie Nielsen). Thus, these four men with brooms, along with their coach, set off on a comedic journey which takes them from frozen lakes to huge arenas, searching for perfect stones, lost loves and second chances.

What the critics are saying:

"Curling may be a unique sport but Men with Brooms is distinctly ordinary."
- Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine

"...the virtually unknown cast lends a Full Monty scrappiness to the production that makes the movie somewhat loveable. Not completely loveable...but certainly hard to hate."
- Christopher Null,

"Men With Brooms takes every cliche of sports movies and waffles between spoofing them, tongue in cheek, to incorporating them straight-faced into the plot."

Canadian Paul Gross's pet project had the potential to be one of the quirkiest comedies of the year - instead it is dragged down by tired sport movie cliches, and pseudo-loveable characters.

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