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Snowboard Academy (1997)

Jim Varney , Corey Haim , John Shepphird  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Varney, Corey Haim, Brigitte Nielsen, Joe Flaherty, Andreas Apergis
  • Directors: John Shepphird
  • Writers: James Salisko, Rudy Rupak
  • Producers: Carole Vaillancourt, Claudio Castravelli, David Gil, Jean Guy Despres, Rudy Rupak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Corey Haim, Jim Varney, Brigitte Nielsen and SCTV's Joe Flaherty star in SNOWBOARD ACADEMY, a slapstick free-for-all about the riotous rivalry between snobby skiers and knuckle-dragging snowboarders.Haim stars as Chris "The Wizard" Barry, the younger son of a ski resort owner. When his out-of-control boarder buds take over the slopes, The Wizard's resentful big brother challenges him to start a snowboard academy that will turn bumbling beginners into race-winners in just two weeks. With a slapstick subplot about an inept safety engineer (Varney) and a scheming gold-digger (Nielsen), plus awesome airborne footage, SNOWBOARD ACADEMY is one wild ride!

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best picture at my oscars June 24, 2005
Before seeing this movie, I thought "Chairman of the Board" starring Carrot Top was the finest motion picture this country had ever produced. That was before I found "Snowboard Academy" in a dumpster and decided to give it a view. First of all, who in the world would throw away a movie with Corey Haim, Jim Varney and Brigetite Nelson. This is the equivalent of putting Hasselhoff, Clay Aiken and Rockwell on the same album. Productivity in our world would stop because no one could stop listening to it.

This movie has everything you would ever want in a film. Hot snow boarding action, slapstick comedy, a dog, and a story that Mark Twain wishes he could write. I was on the edge of my seat one minute, hiding my eyes the next. This movie took me everywhere like my dad did when I was 19. You see kids, I had a lot of trouble learning to drive. Everytime I tried to turn I just kept going in a 360 until I finally passed out. I couldn't figure out when to stop turning the wheel. I eventually got that figured out with a special helmet, but back to the movie. Jim Varney is scrumtrulescent in this film. Let's just say Jim Carrey is the poor man's Jim Varney. Carrey can screw around with his face, but Varney does it with Pinache. And Corey Haim, are you kidding me. How people bought into Tom Cruise in this country and not Corey Haim is why many people want to move to Chile.

This movie is the top of the top of the shelf.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!! May 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am a snowboarder and I love snowboarding movies. I also like funny movies too, which is why I love this movie. At first I thought it would be very boring, but I was wrong. After I first saw it I rented it about 15 times (no joke) and I decided to buy it. It is a great movie, and all my snowboarding pals love it, but I do suggest renting it before you buy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If you're a Corey Haim fan you might enjoy this movie, if you're not, don't bother. This movie has terrible jokes and even more terrible acting. Corey Haim offers little justification for why the movie is so bad. I myself am I big Corey Haim fan, thus the reason I bought this movie. I highly recommmend that you rent this movie before even considering buying it. I didn't do this and now the movie just sits on the shelf never to be watched again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like The Skiing, The Movie's All Downhill April 9, 2010
The late Corey Haim gets top billing in this alleged comedy on the slopes but he's not even the star of his own movie. That would be the late Jim Varney who's most famous for playing 'Ernest' in tons of crappy movies. Rounding out the cast is Brigitte Nielsen whose career has been dead for a while now. It was her and Haim that drew me to this film. Never again will I allow myself to be lured by 80s icons. If you actually watch the whole thing, and you're like me, you'll ask yourself one question: "Why do I torture myself like this?" Hopefully we'll find the answer soon enough so we don't have to endure catastrophes like this again.

Chris, a.k.a. "The Wizard" (Haim) is the rebellious son of a resort owner (Joe Flaherty) whose other son, the uptight resort manager, he's constantly clashing with. Desperate to save his once successful resort, Flaherty gets talked into a "business plan" by the Wizard that would allow snowboarders to ride the slopes for the first time ever. Wizard is convinced this will draw larger crowds to the resort as well as boost equipment sales. His brother loathes the idea. After an unsuccessful sabotage mission he challenges Wizard to a race between his skiers and the Wizard's snowboarders. If the snowboarders win they can stay. Sounds thrilling don't it? If you can handle more excitement there's Varney in full on slapstick mode which calls for him to be injured every way possible. This includes being electrocuted, set on fire, getting frozen in the ice, run over by a snowplow and all kinds of other painful stuff. Last but not least there's Nielsen as the boys' gold digging step-mom. Hoping to get her hands on Flaherty's nonexistent fortune she, along with male staffers she's seduced, launches her own sabotage mission. Oh no!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even a good bad movie! March 14, 1999
By Tihocan
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this video to take on a snowboarding trip with some friends. I fully expected it to be bad, but I thought it would be the kind of bad movie where you can still have a good time making fun of how bad it is, like on "Mystery Science Theatre 3000."
I was wrong.
The thing about all those MST3K movies is, they take themselves seriously, so mocking them is worthwhile. This movie doesn't take itself seriously -- it actually has the gall to think it's funny. But it is not. Now, when I say this movie is not funny, I don't mean it appeals only to certain sensibilities and tastes; I mean it is just empirically NOT FUNNY. The dialogue is stilted, the characters are idiots reading their lines, the snowboarding is lame, and the jokes, such as they are, misfire. Example: Varney, applying for a job with ski patrol, is told he will have to "wear two hats," working as both a PR man and also a safety consultant. He replies that he has lots of hats, and demonstrates by putting a sombrero on his head. Ha, ha. Maybe someone like Jim Carrey could breathe life into jokes this moronic, but Varney can't.
After the hat joke (which came only about 15 minutes into the movie) I had had enough, and rewound the tape. My VCR ate it. Normally, that would have angered me, but in this case, I think the VCR was just trying to help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
We laughed so much at this movie our face hurt. Jim Varney in his best form as usual, a little dumb, know-it-all who is constantly messing things up and in the end becomes the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars funny movie
this dvd was very hard to find i have been looking for this dvd for way to long and the price was right
Published 8 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie!
My brothers and I thought this movie was hilarious when we were younger, so I decided to order it. It's still funny! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sarah D. Dameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest
This is one for my collection.
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Published on October 30, 2011 by M.A.FLICK
1.0 out of 5 stars not family friendly
This DVD was a huge disappointment. I have loved Ernest's clean humor so was shocked by this one. There was so much swearing and ludeness that I turned it off and threw it away!
Published on September 25, 2011 by tonilee
2.0 out of 5 stars So-So
I didn't see the DVD version of this even though I have it on DVD but I'll rate the movie any way. Yes, I did buy this on DVD solely because Jim Varney is in it and I'm a huge fan. Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by S. A. S. L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Adequate at best
I got this because Jim Varney was in it. Big disappointment. Not very funny and not at all good. Would not buy it if I had known.
Published on June 22, 2011 by SanteeFats
5.0 out of 5 stars The thrills of winter fun
Snowboard Academy was a fun, silly movie staring Jim Varney. As with all Jim Varney movies it was alot of fun to watch!
Published on November 18, 2009 by Timothy Draper
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL. SIMPLY AWFUL.
I was sure that Dr.Otto was the worst Varney movie ever until I ran into this one. But then I only saw the first ten minutes. Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by N. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
What a peice of crap. This movie is terrible. The only decent actor in it is the lady who works the proshop, who doesnt really even do anything in the movie. Read more
Published on March 6, 2004 by Brian Beefe
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