When the Toronto International Film Festival announced yesterday that this year’s opening night film would be a hockey musical, I don’t think I’m the only one who wondered if it was supposed to be a joke. I mean, don’t get me wrong, TIFF is a great showcase for Canadian culture and talent, but this is the same painfully obvious crap that has been representing our film and television industry for years. Plus… a sports musical? As funny and ironic as it might seem, this is a movie that will never find an audience. And yet I have to admit to being a little bit curious. Now that a trailer has turned up online, my curiosity has been satisfied… it’s absolutely ridiculous.
Score: A Hockey Musical is written and directed by Michael McGowan, the same guy who did One Week, the indie drama starring Joshua Jackson as a young man who decides to go on a road trip across Canada after finding a mysterious message in his Tim Horton’s “Roll Up the Rim” cup. Clearly he’s got no problem with pandering to Canucks. The cast for Score includes Olivia Newton-John, Stephen McHattie, and a host of Canadian celebrities. If, for some reason, you don’t plan on catching this at TIFF, it also hits theatres in Canada on October 22nd. I just hope they release a Sing-Along Edition too. Check out the trailer for Score: A Hockey Musical after the jump.