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Skateland (2011)



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Skateland,set against the landscape of upstart malls, Jordache jeans and iconic hang outs,is as much a story about embracing who you are as it is about moving on. The personal drama marks the poignant transition of a group of high school friends into adulthood. Set in the early 1980s, in small town Texas, it is genuine, touching and candid snapshot of the lives of a close-knit group of friends who are confronted with the realities of the precarious world around them. The film revolves around a charismatic young skating rink manager named Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez), brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham (Heath Freeman, Ashley Greene) and the legendary, wise-cracking, Kenny Crawford (Taylor Handley) as their dreams and carefree lives start to fade into an uncertain future. -- (C) Freestyle Releasingmore
Rating: PG-13 (for violence, some sexuality, language, substance abuse and smoking - involving teens)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Burns, Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2011
Box Office: $11.1k
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Shiloh Fernandez
as Ritchie Wheeler
Ashley Greene
as Michelle Burkham
Heath Freeman
as Brent Burkham
A.J. Buckley
as Teddy Tullos
Haley Ramm
as Mary Wheeler
Brett Cullen
as David Wheeler
Taylor Handley
as Kenny Crawford
Melinda McGraw
as Debbie Wheeler
Ellen Hollman
as Deana Trammel
James LeGros
as Clive Burkham
Casey LaBow
as Candy Boyce
D.W. Moffett
as Jimmy Houston
David Sullivan
as Luther Sams
Joshua Bridgewater
as Jarvis Gerald
James Hebert
as Tommy Dilday
Ross Francis
as Danny States
Caleb Michaelson
as Billy Means
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Critic Reviews for Skateland

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

A film with some engaging performances and a swell soundtrack whose biggest problem is that it wants to be "Dazed and Confused" when it grows up.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Like so many other films set in the Reagan era, Anthony Burns' directorial debut fails to acknowledge the lingering and pervasive angst that shaped anyone growing up in the late Cold War.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Indifferently acted, written and directed, the oft soporific "Skateland" is beautifully photographed and boasts a greatest-hits soundtrack, as well as some spot-on art direction.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Though noticeably lacking in originality, Anthony Burns' low-key directorial debut skates by on the charms of its hazy wistfulness and a likable cast.

Full Review… | May 13, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Anthony Burns's sweetly nostalgic re-creation of small-town Texas in the early 1980s.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s.

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Skateland

Cast: Ashley Greene, Shiloh Fernandez, Casey LaBow, James LeGros, Haley Ramm, Brett Cullen, Taylor Handley, A.J. Buckley, D.W. Moffett

Director: Anthony Burns

Summary: Director Anthony Burns and screenwriter brothers Heath and Brandon Freeman tell the story of 19-year-old Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez), who finds his life at a crossroads when the Texas roller rink where he works is forced to shut its doors. Set in the early 1980s, this is a coming-of-age tale in which the hapless but hopeful protagonist must contend with his parents' divorce, shifting friendships and making choices on the path to adulthood.

My Thoughts: "I actually really enjoyed this movie. It had the essence of one of my favorite films, 'Dazed and Confused'. I especially got that feeling from Taylor Handley who plays Kenny Crawford. He reminded me of a younger version of Matthew McConaughey. The southern drawl and all. I love the setting of the film. I am a big fan of the 80's and it's films. The movie has a great sound track to boot. The acting is also strong. The film really captures life in the 80's. In those year's the popular hangout was a skating rink. But the closing of it isn't really the main focus the summary leads you to believe it is. It mostly stands for an ending for a new beginning for the character Ritchie Wheeler. It's a great small independent film that in the end doesn't really exceed in delivering the depth it probably intended for. I could have also done with more character development. But as it is, I did enjoy it and would watch it again."


Super Reviewer

They had me at "Electric Avenue" :).....Wonderful little movie set in an era that I loved. Fantastic ending, ta boot. Kudos!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

It was a time when life was a place they thought would never change.

Good Film. Not exactly what I expected but didn't fail for me. That was a nice era to live in, I love the music and how people used to have fun in there lives. Nice story about love, endings, tragedy, beginnings and everything in between.

An iconic tribute to a culture, place and state of mind that defined small town America in the early 80s. It is a universal moment in time, when everything you know to be true starts fading. The story is personal, yet familiar, set against a visually arresting landscape of music and vistas of Americana.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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