Today my office has a department-wide outing to go curling. The St. Paul Curling Club – founded in 1888 – is the largest curling club in the country with over 1,200 members. I’m not actually going to participate, but it’s really quite fun to watch people play from behind the glass window. Just like golf, curling was supposedly invented in Scotland, it’s a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area.
I immediately thought, hmmm I wonder if there’s ever a movie made about curling? Well, a quick Google search later, thanks to this blog specifically devoted to curling, I found that indeed there is one! It’s called Men in Brooms, a 2002 Canadian romantic comedy film, starring and directed by Paul Gross. Centered around the sport of curling, the offbeat comedy tells the story of a reunited curling team from a small Canadian town as they work through their respective life issues and struggle to win the championship for the sake of their late coach. The cast also includes Connor Price, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Outerbridge, Kari Matchett, Molly Parker and Polly Shannon. Members of the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip make a cameo appearance in the film as a competing rink representing Kingston, Ontario, the band’s home city. Winnipeg curler and two-time Brier champion Jeff Stoughton also made a cameo appearance throwing his trademark “spin-o-rama” shot. [per YouTube video description]
Check out the trailer below:
The last flick I saw about sports involving sticks on ice was Mystery, Alaska (1999), where the ever-so-versatile Aussie actor Russell Crowe played the small town Mystery’s sheriff and captain of the fictional hockey team. I’m amazed that he did that movie the same year as The Insider, where he gained 35 pounds to play the tobacco whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand.
Anyhow, I remember Gross from the 90s TV series Due South as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and his wolf companion, Diefenbaker, who find themselves living and working in Chicago. I kept thinking how adorable he was, but I haven’t seen him in anything worthwhile since.
So, has anybody seen this flick? It looks like fun, I just might add that to my Netflix queue.