TIFF Picks a Hockey Musical to Open Fest, Watch Trailer Below

July 14, 2010
Source: TIFF, Twitch

Score: A Hockey Musical

Two months out from kicking off, the Toronto International Film Festival announced earlier today the opening film of the 35th edition of the popular fall festival. The film that will headline the fest is a - get this - hockey musical (the first of its kind?) called Score: A Hockey Musical featuring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado. The coming-of-age movie portrays a sheltered 17-year-old, played by newcomer Noah Reid, going "from zero to hero" on the ice in a matter of weeks. THR describes it as "Glee with sticks and skates as hockey players croon while slapping a puck round an ice rink." Um I personally think that sounds incredible.

The Toronto Film Fest kicks off on September 9th and last for 11 days. I'll be up heading up there again, as TIFF is one of my favorite fall fests, and I've got a feeling the rest of their selection will be just as exciting. "I can't think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary Festival than with Score: A Hockey Musical," says Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking, although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey. Plan for a fun night on September 9." I will! The film features 19 original songs about, well, hockey.

Luckily, for those of you impatient to see something from this after hearing about it, Twitch got their hands on the first trailer (embedded below). Suffice it to say, it does look awesome, but that may just be because I have a weak spot for musicals. Score: A Hockey Musical is written/directed by homegrown Toronto native Michael McGowan which makes this a perfect choice. Check out the trailer below! Anyone want to see this?

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  • PJ
    That's a uh interesting choice.
  • carlos
  • Vet4Peace
    I agree with #1 and #2.
  • Couch
    As a proud Canadian, I can feel my heart gushing with pride (or is that embarrassment?)
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Gross. Sidney Crosby is all the pansy girly man I can handle, hockey doesn't need a high school musical equivalent on top of that. Miracle or gtfo!
  • chilin
    it has its moments...but once they broke out into song and in sync choreography, it was kinda hard to take in...
  • Adam
    This was filmed on my street. I don't know if that's good or bad...
  • Hattori Hanzo
    My sympathies #7
  • Hab Fan
    I heard that the Toronto Maple Leafs will have a private screening of it in the hopes of picking up a few pointers .. Probably the best hockey Toronto will see all year LOL
  • ConnachtFan
    Hab Fan, If it were filmed in Montreal it would be Called "Riot: A Hab Musical "
  • Hab Fan
    #10, I knew that would bring out the Leaf fans LOL
  • NYF
    Is that Theo Fleury towards the end? Looks pretty crappy, so it's fitting that a Toronto hockey fan made it.
  • buggy
    RE:#10 actually they're already making a movie about the Habs in Montreal, its called The Smurfs. as for this thing...looks like innocent fun but the dancing on ice made me facepalm a few times.
  • max s.
    what the hell was that. the only hockey movies i'll watch are miracle, the mighty ducks, or some hockey movie that actually looks good.
  • max s.
    if it's a movie about manning up and playing hockey why the hell are they singing. anybody involved in this movie i now consider gay. also, why does hockey need a high school musical treatment it's an embarassment to the sport, it's fans, and it's players
  • ImaginaryVisionary
    As a die hard hockey fan....this preview, ugh, this preview and the sheer concept of this makes me want to drown out my sorrows in a purely Canadian Molson Golden. But there's good....and there's bad. The Bad: Hockey already has a bad name in the US, and the worst issue's not respected as a sport. This is not going to help that problem. Hockey fans may go see this movie simply because there aren't any other new hockey movies out there (they're few and far between compared to other sports movies. Heck I was thrilled that The Rock played a hockey player in "The Tooth Fairy" this past year....thats how desperate we are for decent hockey movies)....but chances are most hockey fans will avoid this movie like hip check to the face. The Good: Hockey's popularity in my life time was at its peak when The Mighty Ducks came out. Cheesy kids movies. Movies like that do a lot to promote the sport to young kids and teens, and considering this is the High School Musical sad as it is to say this movie may be a home run for the NHL. A cheesy kids friendly musical about hockey may interest a younger audience, and that would not be a bad thing for the sport. It may start with lame on ice dance capading.....but a new crop of hockey fans and players could be born out of that.
  • JL
    crap. i just scratched one eye out.
  • embarrassed
    this is an embarrasment to anybody who plays hockey, who would combine singing with hockey, such a disgrace to us hockey players
  • Jason
    How do the Executives from NASCAR, NBA, MLB, NFL squash the recent rise of popularity NHL has been seeing? Fund a Hockey Musical.... damn conspiracy
  • Jason
    Almost as bad as Tooth Fairy.
  • Eli
    It'll get recognition because it's a sports film but what 'masculine' sports guy would watch a musical, right?
  • Joel Parkes
    'Score' is without a doubt, one of the worst films I have ever seen IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. Terrible acting, writing, casting and directing. A complete mistake from top to bottom. What were they thinking? Did they think a musical would work with hockey fans? Did they think hockey would work with musical fans? And who cast those terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE actors in those roles? Did the makers of this piece of unwatchable garbage think that people would look past the third-rate amateurism on display because it was of Canadian cultural significance? Who was in charge here? Didn't the film maker have any real friends who would come forward and ay ' Uh, excuse me, but this is crap'? I just watched the debut of this piece of crap at the TIFF opening and I honestly felt embarrassed by what was on screen. I have never, in my entire life, felt embarrassed by watching a movie before. The audio was actually out of synch, I'm not kidding. The voices and the singing did not match the movements of the lips of the so-called actors. God, I can't begin to tell how bad it really was. Too many 'yes' men. Too much funding for a supposedly Canadian product. Too much rank amateurism on display. I would give this zero stars out of four. A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE PIECE OF CRAP FROM START TO FINISH.




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