Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. Canada/USA, 1999. Baldwin/Cohen Productions, Hollywood Pictures, Rocking Chair Productions. Screenplay by David E. Kelley, Sean O’Byrne. Cinematography by Peter Deming. Produced by Howard Baldwin, David E. Kelley. Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Rusty Smith. Costume Design by Deena Appel. Film Editing by Jon Poll.
Surefire crowd-pleaser about an amateur hockey team in a small town in the far north, who get the chance of a lifetime when a major league team comes to play with them as a publicity stunt engineered by returning native Hank Azaria. Russell Crowe plays the burly, softspoken star player of the team who has no idea the kinds of behaviour will emerge from his fellow townsfolk with this kind of attention, while Mary McCormack has a wonderful role as his wife, constantly dealing with being a woman in a hockey town. Cast members Maury Chaykin, Michael Buie, Burt Reynolds and Ron Eldard do extremely well, and the film ends with a feelgood happy ending that will have the whole family cheering. Mike Myers makes a cameo in this film by his Austin Powers director Jay Roach.