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Men With Brooms (2002)

Paul Gross , Leslie Nielsen , Paul Gross  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Gross, Leslie Nielsen, James B. Douglas, Molly Parker, Barbara Gordon
  • Directors: Paul Gross
  • Writers: Paul Gross, John Krizanc, Paul Quarrington
  • Producers: Frank Siracusa, Julia Rosenberg, Katherin-Ellen Zabehlicky, Mark Musselman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Artisan Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,069 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Men With Brooms" on IMDb

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Call it The Full Monty on ice. With tongue firmly in cheek, director-writer-star Paul Gross applies the old underdog sports-team formula to that great Northern obsession: curling. (You thought hockey was the national obsession? So did Canada.) You know the score: estranged teammates reunite to fulfill a dead man's last request, win glory for their fictional hometown, and earn back their hibernating self-respect. Square-jawed Gross recalls his Due South days as the amiable team captain, a boy scout with an impish streak. Leslie Nielsen turns down the usual goofball shtick to play Gross's crotchety, self-medicating father. There are enough issues here to fuel a dozen movies and none of them packs the punch of a pint of Molson's beer, which is just the right tone for this off-center sports spoof, a story of little victories, big stones, and beavers on the move. --Sean Axmaker

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A comedy about curling? Yes! What could by funnier than the sport, played with a broom, that so clearly separates Americans from Canadians? Leslie Nielsen stars as the eccentric coach of a dysfunctional curling team on a quest to win Canada's greatest cur

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great curling comedy. No, seriously! January 31, 2004
Format:DVD
A bunch of friends and I found this movie in an attempt to have a movie night of "non-sport" sport movies. We thought, "Surely, a Canadian movie about curling made by and starring the star of ASPEN EXTREME and featuring Leslie Nielsen will have to be so bad, it'll amaze us." Well, we were amazed, but not by its badness. It wasn't what I would call a genuinely amazing movie, either. I guess it was amazing in how NOT bad it was. Paul Gross and company do trot out many of the underdog sports movie clichés but always with just the faintest hint of tongue-in-cheek to keep the viewer from feeling like it's just another silly sports movie. Leslie Nielsen is also a nice touch. He gets to exercise his straight comedic talents for a change, and I personally think he's much more interesting when he does. It's still a silly comedy, but it's fun that you won't feel so guilty about liking. I recommend you check it out if you get a chance. (Besides, you have to see it if only so you can check out the rival team in polka dot lamé track suits and the inexplicable abundance of beavers that show up rather randomly throughout the movie.)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The World's Second-Most Boring Sport.. March 7, 2004
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"Lagaan" proved a couple of years ago that you could make a good movie about a truly boring sport: cricket. You can even make a movie that makes it almost comprehensible. Now, "Men With Brooms" shows that you can make a good and funny movie about another boring sport: curling.
While no one will be nominating "Men With Brooms" for any awards, it's a surprisingly watchable, funny movie that follows the good, old-fashioned 'reunite the underdogs' sports movie formula with a bit of "Red Green"esque Canadian men making gentle fun of themselves. Sadly, I think it never saw an American release, but its worth adding to anyone's collection of funny sports movies.
Even the performances in this movie break above the usual sports/romantic comedy level. Paul Gross (who I have sadly never seen in "Due South") plays a convincingly cynical sports star come home to small-town Ontario. Leslie Nielsen breaks typecast for a crotchety, but still-funny former curling star, and Bob Bainborough (Dalton Humphrey on "Red Green") steals his scenes as a curling announcer reminiscent of a less-grating Bob Uecker in "Major League".
I recommend this movie for sports nuts, romantic comedy fans, and people with a soft spot for Canadian humor. I found it to be a pleasant surprise, and I'll bet you will too...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, lovable Canadian comedy with star power January 14, 2003
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"I think that there is something really fantastic about Canadian iconography," confesses actor/director/writer/musician Paul Gross, better known as überpolite, by-the-book RCMP Constable Benton Fraser on "Due South." "When you think about it, it's sort of bizarre--beaver, maple leaf. There is an oddball quality to it that is both noble, melancholy and laughable all at the same time, and I think that there is something really wonderful in that." Which pretty much sums up "Men With Brooms," a quirky Canadian comedy that sweeps audiences off its feet (bad curling pun intended).
If "Men With Brooms" suffers from one particular ailment, it would be that it tries to be a number of different films rolled into one: a love story, a buddy film, a curling documentary of sorts, the quintessential Canadian comedy. But the strength of its original script and ensemble cast really shines. Big name Canadian talent includes Paul Gross ("Due South," "Hamlet" at Stratford), Molly Parker ("Five Senses," "Rare Birds,") and Leslie Nielsen ("Due South," "Airplane," "Naked Gun"), although all of the actors do a fantastic job.
The basic premise is that Donald Foley, the beloved coach of the Long Bay, Ontario curling team has just died, and in his videotaped will he wants the team to reunite and attempt to win the Golden Broom, the most prestigious award in curling. The skip, Chris Cutter, left town ten years ago after losing an important game and leaving his fiancée Julie, Donald's daughter, standing at the altar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars English type movie about... curling!! June 15, 2004
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Some of you might not even know what curling is, but it is big in Canada and some northern European countries. The object is to slide big stones over ice to some kind of bulls eye... Just wait for the next winter Olympics!
This story is about a great team that had to split up after the captain cheated. Ten years later their coach has died and in his will asks them to once more try and win the title.
'Men with brooms' feels like some of the great comedies from Brittain in the last 10 years like 'The Full Monty', 'Billy Elliot' and 'Bend it like Beckham'. The characters are down-to-earth but have a comic twist. Some running gags like trying to get pregnant are also hilarious, especially because the guy is the biggest dork around.
It's fun, maybe not worth the price though. Oh yeah, Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun) also plays in this movie and is funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars men with brooms
overall movie was a good watch. Comedy, romance and a little drama is always a good mix for a enjoyable evening
Published 4 days ago by Tim Bowen
1.0 out of 5 stars Gross is the writer/star of the movie and is the word that describes...
I have rarely ever given a movie one star, but this one is it. Humorless, disgusting, unlikable characters, inane story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gettysburg1863
5.0 out of 5 stars Edu-tainment (educational entertainment) for Deep-South Dwellers
This would have been perfect to watch during the Sochi Olympics. It contains a 10-minute scene a third of the way through that explains the gist of Curling; which folks from the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars unsung classic comedy
Saw this was on Showtime one day and figured it might be a good time waster for a couple hours. From the funeral scene to the end of the movie, I was laughing my butt off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott Rohde
5.0 out of 5 stars Curling Canadian Style
This superb comedy teaches all one needs to know about curling but were afraid to ask. It celebrates the humble origins of a Scottish sport anyone might play if one could bear the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Plato
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great sport
People in America should see this movie especially before the Olympic games start . Very funny and a good introduction to the great sport of curling.
Published 2 months ago by michael strickland
2.0 out of 5 stars Gripping comedy? You mean drama!
Even the late great Leslie Nielson couldn't save this movie from being much more than just a passable movie that you see once, and have no desire to ever see again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Micheal Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars men with brooms
this was enjoyable to watch i purchased a couple of paul gross movies and i am not sorry i did
Published 3 months ago by margreth heilmann
4.0 out of 5 stars A very charming movie!
I recently rediscovered Canadian actor Paul Gross, 20 years after his Due South program aired on CBS in the US. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathryn165
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh.... It was ok
I love this lead character but really didn't get into this movie about curling. I think you have to be Canadian or something to really get it. (hahaha.)
Published 5 months ago by GoBeFabulous
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