Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

DVD - 2009
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The captain of a Canadian Pee-Wee hockey team organizes a tournament to make amends for the horrible treatment an American team received during a visit to Canada in March 2003. Based on the story of Pee-Wee hockey teams the Brockton Boxers and the Fredericton Canadiens, who organized the "Friendship 2004 Hockey Tournament".


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Jan 05, 2010

I watched this movie on tv this past wkd, actually. CFTO had it on I guess, to capitalize on the world junior championships going on in Saskatoon all week.The strange thing was, however, although it's listed in its OPL profile as being a 90 minute film - CFTO showed it in a 1 hour slot! ...Think about it... that included commercials! Man... there must have been a lot of boring stuff cut-out to pare it down to a 1 hour viewing.
Anyway, this was a typical Canadian production... Great idea, if you read the OPL description - but crippled by a weak script, and unemotional haphazard acting that left you wanting SOMETHING to happen - just to stir things up. Considering the sub-texts of a Canadian family in marital turmoil, and the bigger one of America's early call to war in the middle east, as background for the main story of two friendship games of hockey, played out between Yankee and Canuck youngsters in Canada - I was expecting more drama, more emotion, more substance, more ANYTHING to get the audience over the many humps apparent in the movie, when the story-line detoured off the actual game sequences. But, naaa... the script-writer played it so safe as to make this male Pollyanna story pure sanguine in its approach to every problem presented and pure saccharin in its final outcome.
N.B. Here's some irony... Judging by the way the USA junior team stole the gold in overtime, from Canada in the gold medal game at the 2010 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, January 5, 2010 - the storyline found in this movie: Of Canadian kids being far superior to their American counterparts in hockey - undoubtedly would have to change, if the movie's script was written by today's standards!
I'm not recommending this mundane little storyline because it's just vacuous throughout. But also for one other very crucial reason... Looking at the closing credits - it's really hard to believe just how much of your hard-earned taxpayers' $$$ our Federal and Provincial governments shell out to hack Canadian independent film producers, like the guys who made this film - just to see SOME Canadian content in movies today! Boycotting terribly made Canadian flicks may just be a way of saying: "Enough is Enough"!

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