Director: Ted Stenson
Canada | 2020 | 76 min
Calgary’s Middleview Ducks high school basketball team has as much skill as their team name suggests. As they prepare to face a very superior opponent (who may be able to dunk), the boys question whether forfeiting the affair might save their fragile adolescent egos. Meanwhile, a radical theatre troupe of their peers is conjuring opportunities to stage a rebellious performance that will get the school’s attention. Over the course of a day, the teenagers at the centre of the film hilariously embody the insecurity and defiance of youth while playing hacky sack and discussing The Matrix. They are mirrored by a supporting cast of adults facing their own existential crises and wanting to be taken seriously, highlighted by Andrew Phung (Kim’s Convenience) as an assistant coach obsessed with the offensive strategy of his beloved Chicago Bulls. Capturing the zeitgeist of 1999 with an admiring nod to John Hughes’ films, Ted Stenson’s feature film debut is a comedic slam dunk.
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Host Linda Barnard (Film Critic) talks with director Ted Stenson and actor Andrew Phung