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"The Tournament" is mockumentary series that promises to do for minor hockey what Spinal Tap did for dino-rock and Best in Show did for dogs. Produced by the folks behind the Just For Laughs comedy festival, "The Tournament" strikes a blow at the insanit
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If you enjoy some solid acting in between the fights, this had it. The fights are well choreographed and fun to watch if you don't mind a pretty high splatter rate.
Top marks to Kelly Hui and Robert Carlyle for making the characters interesting so I cared about what happened to them.
In late 2004, the CBC network saw the writing on the wall and pretty much knew the NHL wouldn't be playing a season in 2004-05. The World Cup of Hockey took place in September of 2004, which ended up being the last time NHL players would be playing nationally televised hockey for a year.
Though not having hockey really would only take away the CBC's programming for Saturday nights and evenings from April to June, I'm sure they knew the Canadian masses would be starved for anything hockey-related.
Their answers? One was Making the Cut, an open Canada-wide tryout with the ultimate prize being six NHL training camp invitations, one each for the six Canadian NHL teams.
The other? The Tournament. Both Making the Cut and The Tournament aired in primetime on (I think) Monday nights. (Unrelated, the CBC was heavily promoting the new version of Doctor Who at the time.)
The main character of The Tournament is hockey-crazed dad Barry McConnell, who will stop at nothing to get his 10-year-old son Robbie on his way to the NHL. Long story short, Barry's trying to live his dream through his son. Needless to say, Barry has some run-ins with wife Janice as well as just about everybody, from the coach of the team to the officials to his boss at work to the team sponsors, the Farquesons, who have their own hilarious foul-mouthed goalie of a tomboy daughter by the name of Denim. Perhaps most hilarious are Barry's tussles with Mohindar Singh, the (East) Indian gyno who doubles as team trainer and father of another of Robbie's teammates, Kumar (or K-Mart, as Barry half-intentionally calls him). Also featured is fresh divorcee Deb Pishatelli, a friend of Janice's and mother of Robbie's teammate, Anthony. Let's not forget the Frenchman coach Barry tries to impress late in the season.
The characters are hilarious and the whole show just seems real sharp, and there seems to be a constant chaotic/haywire feeling to it, so I could see how people could say it's a relative to Arrested Development.
If the only thing I knew about the show was that it involved a kids' hockey team, their parents, and the fact that the team was named the Farqueson Funeral Home Warriors, that'd be enough for me to buy the DVDs. Hooray for living near the Canadian border with a stateside cable provider that carried the CBC.
The 1st yr focuses on a small Canadian town called Briarside, Ontario, and its Pee-Wee hockey team called the Farqueson Funeral Home Warriors. They are gearing up for a big tournament in the city of Chateauguay, Quebec. The hockey action is limited but we see a lot of antics by psycho hockey dad, Barry McConnell, who looks at Chateauguay as a stepping stone for his son Robbie on the way to the NHL. We've all seen hockey parents from hell and boy do these characters imitate the craziness of youth hockey.
Don't believe this is art imitating life? Go down to any amateur hockey rink in North America and see for yourself. The second yr kinda dragged, as the plot got old. But the first yr is a gem. This is a very accurate reflection of hockey culture. If you don't think it's funny, you're the one this movie is portraying.
Pre-screen before watching with your kids, however. There's a touch of profanity in the first season (nothing terrible, but that's my subjective opinion). The second season contains a dose of adult subject that many would likely find unsuitable for kids under 12 (and maybe even older).
If you live in Minnesota and your kids play (or played) association hockey, you'll LOVE the protagonist's plan to extend his house into the neighboring township to gain residency through a construction project he calls, "The long house."