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A really enjoyable outing on the ice
on 10 March 2008
Popular spectator sports bore me. Why would I want to sit around, watching a bunch of obscenely overpaid muscular guys (often in shorts or very tight trousers) run around after a ball? Ick. MOVIES about popular spectator sports are even worse: self-indulgent, two-hour gooey moments of the writers and directors and actors professing their love for watching a bunch of obscenely overpaid muscular guys (often in shorts or very tight trousers) run around after a ball. Double Ick.
No, it's the less-well-publicised niche sports that I find more interesting, and MOVIES about these niche sports are even better, because you get all the rules and most of the subtleties explained to you as they happen in the movie, so you know exactly what's going on and what's at stake. Which is great, especially if you've never actually watched the sport before. You simply can't do the same thing with baseball's Designated Hitter Rule or football's Offside Rule in a film. It's impossible. And boring.
I've seen "A League of Their Own," "BASEketball," "Dodgeball," and "Blackball," and I've enjoyed them all. When Amazon recommended "Men with Brooms" after I made several "Due South"-oriented purchases, I went for it. And I love this film. It's got Paul Gross and Leslie Nielsen in it, which is enough for most people. But it's also about a cozy sport passionately enjoyed by real enthusiasts rather than cynical business-sportsmen who would transfer to another team at the drop of an extra million. And the rest of the cast are just as great, many of whom you will have seen in other venues as well. For example, fans of the X-Men (both the Marvel film and the 1990s cartoon) should recognise George "Beast" Buza and his gravelly voice, playing a vicious criminal.
It's not roll-around-breathless-on-the floor, guts-leaking-out-of-the-splits-in-your-sides funny, but it IS very amusing, with engaging characters and many feel-good moments. It's almost-believable, yet slightly surreal and a bit corny in places. And the soundtrack is infinitely better than listening to several hundred drunks tunelessly mangling a team song. So given the choice, I'd watch this instead of anything on TV with "World Series" or "World Cup" in the title. And if you're no big fan of sports, either, I think it safe to say that you'd probably enjoy "Men with Brooms," too.