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It makes you believe the cast and crew thoroughly enjoyed themselves and believed in their small-budget film.
Perhaps not since Nelson Eddy crooned his Indian Love Call to Jeanette MacDonald has there been a movie so unabashedly Canadian, not afraid to risk American scorn or disinterest.
Think The Full Monty on ice: Canada's most famous TV Mountie Paul Gross (Due South) puts tongue firmly in cheek as he applies the old underdog sports team formula to that great Northern obsession: curling.
The plot of the comeback curlers isn't very interesting actually, but what I like about Men With Brooms and what is kind of special is how the film knows what's unique and quirky about Canadians.
Not completely loveable -- but what underdog movie since The Bad News Bears has been? -- but certainly hard to hate.
Call this The Full Monty on ice, the underdog sports team formula redux.
Scores a few points for doing what it does with a dedicated and good-hearted professionalism.
This is a winning ensemble comedy that shows Canadians can put gentle laughs and equally gentle sentiments on the button, just as easily as their counterparts anywhere else in the world.
Curling may be a unique sport but Men with Brooms is distinctly ordinary.
This isn't exactly profound cinema, but it's good-natured and sometimes quite funny.
While much of the cast has charm -- especially Allodi and Nolden -- the performers are sunk by the film's primitive approach to the mechanics of comedy.
A perplexing example of promise unfulfilled, despite many charming moments.
Men with Brooms is a decent comedy, with a decent cast. Unfortunately Paul Gross has tarnished the "career" he's supposedly had when he directed the beyond awful "war" film, Passchendaele. Therefore this film is eclipsed by that film. Anyhow, before Passchendaele's release, Gross directed this film, and I did somewhat enjoy it, but it lacked something to make it memorable. The idea for the film was interesting, and the gags are good for what they are, but the script does show limitations and the film could have been better. There some good jokes in this film, unfortunately to due an underdeveloped script; most of them fall flat, and go nowhere. The cast (aside from Gross, cause he's a tool) are pretty good here, and I personally think that if Gross wasn't involved in the film, it would have made quite the difference. For what it is, Men with Brooms is a funny little film, and despite the fact this was directed by Paul Gross, it's not as awful as his later film, Passchendaele. The film does have good comedic elements that for the most part are good, and work well enough to be an entertaining film. Overall not a perfect film, but good to watch with friends. The film has some good laughs, despite the fact it's uneven. Watch Men with Brooms but skip on Passchendaele.
Funny, charming and great to see Leslie Nielsen in something not over-the-top dumb. This movie isn't meant to be a blockbuster full of highly paid actors. It's just a good, well thought out movie, packed with lesser-known actors. That's why I easily overlook the several missed chances at more humor. Luckily there are a few laugh out loud moments which helps.
A wacky, heartfelt and hilarious comedy. A great film. Filled with great laughs, compelling characters, smart lines and lots of music from great bands. The actors have sharp and compelling chemistry. Paul Gross crafts a wonderfully crafted and well-written movie gem. Giving his best and most liketable performance and character since his Tv show Due South. Leslie Nielson is brilliant. men with brooms is a comic dazzeler.
A significant let-down. Can-con is forced into every minimal opening - especially the soundtrack - and I expected something much more intelligent from Paul Gross... or at the very least, that he'd not outdo the Mighty Ducks franchise for sheer disregard for the rules, technique or culture of a given sport. Leslie Nielsen, however, is better in this one than he is in most movies, and the straight-ahead sports movie plot makes one able to stick it out. Barely.
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