Mystery, Alaska (1999)
In the middle of nowhere Alaska, a group of local town hockey players gather each Saturday to play “pond” hockey for the fun of it. The sheriff, a local grocer, and a school teacher are a the few that are on one of the teams that plays. When ESPN writes an article about the “Boys of Mystery,” it mentions that they could rival any team in the NHL, and it just so happens that a game with the NY Rangers is on! Some in the town want it, some in the town are scared of what it might do, but either way, the Rangers are coming to the frozen outdoors of Alaska.
Appearing on my top 100 list, Mystery, Alaska is the perfect blend of comedy, heart-warming drama and hockey. I could compare it to Rocky on skates in the way that the underdogs unexpectedly find themselves in a competition with something bigger then they could have ever imagined. The story is inspirational, fun and the cast has an odd chemistry that allows the audience to really care for the feelings of the people of Mystery. Not to mention that the comedy in it is laugh out loud! I remember seeing this movie at the dollar theatre when I was 16 years old and I knew from my first viewing that it would be a special movie to me, and I’ve recommended it ever since! Starring Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Colm Meaney, Michael McKean, Ron Eldard, Kevin Durand, Lolita Davidovich and Mike Myers.
9/10 Stars – “I have a toy pony, he takes big shits”
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