Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mystery, Alaska

Our last Russell Crowe film for a while is the quirky 1999 comedy, Mystery, Alaska. Written by the prolific television writing guru David E. Kelley ad directed by Jay Roach, the film attracted a impressive cast of comedic actors, such as Hank Azaria, Mary McCormick, and Burt Reynolds. One woders if the critical acclaim of Northern Exposure, about the goings on in another strange Alaska town, had something to do with that.

The film is about the hockey-mad town of Mystery, Alaska. When their local team is featured in a Sports Illustrated article, they get the chance to play an exhibition game against the New York Rangers.

If you have ever seen a sports movie, you know exactly what is going to happen. The team of misfits has to come together. The unlikeliest player gets cut, but earns a chance to make a come back because that is the right thing to do. The townsfolk go crazy because of the exposure to the outside world and, of course, everyone is winner in spite of the final score.

None of the New York Rangers agreed to star in the film and phooey on them for that. While it is a very predictable story, the film is an enjoyable little film with quite a few laughs. Certainly not a classic--have you ever even heard of it/-- but a good way to spend an idle evening.

Rating; *** (out of 5)

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