Friday, February 01, 2008

Video Review: Men with Brooms

Yesterday I wrote a post about the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. There will be lots of events to choose from including a Canadian favourite, curling. Not familiar with the sport? Here are a few websites to help you out:

Curling Basics - with a animation feature
Canadian Curling Association
World Curling Federation
United States Curling Association
Lucky Curling - a free online curling game

Another way to get a feel for the game (with a lot of laughs at the same time) is to watch the movie Men with Brooms produced by Robert Lantos. It's another recommendation from our friend Susan at Coles Books in Powell River. The Canadian sport of curling (second only to hockey) is the theme. And you'll find an unexpected actor, Leslie Nielsen, playing the part of the curling expert and estranged father of the movie's main character, Cutter. Following the death of their former coach, four lifelong friends reunite at the funeral. The coach's will (and his ashes ensconced in a curling rock) inspire the men to enter a curling championship tournament. These four men with brooms share beaver tattoos over their hearts and a love for the game, but they haven't played in years and need lots of help to reach their goal. It's a funny journey with several poignant moments in between.

So, get ready for the curling event. Look for Men with Brooms in your local video store or find it online at or

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