Seventeen-year old Farley (Noah Reid) has the stick-handling skills of the next Sidney Crosby. Not that Farley has any idea who Crosby is. He's led a sheltered life, homeschooled by parents (Olivia Newton-John and Marc Jordan) whose idea of homework is trips to an art gallery or ashram. His best friend is Eve (Allie MacDonald), the girl who's lived next door since they were both three. Much to the dismay of his parents, Farley loves to play shinny with the local rink rats (Dave Bidini, Hawksley Workman et al.). To their even greater dismay, Farley is signed to a major hockey league, where he achieves instant stardom, throwing him into a world of hype. Farley soon finds that hockey fame comes with a price, including the expectation to fight. Throw in a changing relationship with Eveand Farley is losing his way.
Canadian Connection: Filmed in Toronto, Ontario. The director and most of the cast members are Canadian.
It's so interesting that this film which explores hockey violence in a light-hearted but insightful way came out just before this topic hit the news in a major way in Winter 2011. A clever and creative approach, spoofing while celebrating while questioning - a Canadian trademark I think. Great for the whole family, a very sweet and funny film.
The music is actually quite catchy and beautifully sung, used to advance the plot. The final anthem, with a re-purposed set of lyrics. could become a very popular hockey rink chant.
The two young stars really make the film, they should have been the focus of the film's press, along with the hockey violence question. Great that it opened TIFF, t
saw it four times, cannot wait to see the Moose again.. Great job by all
Hilarious. If you don't like musicals then you probably won't like this one. I think the musical aspect of this film actually makes the film and adds to the humour.