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MPAA Rating - R

    116 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Feb 18, 2003

    Alex Smith

    Ryan Gosling, David Morse, Clea Duvall, David Cale, Eddie Spears

Movie Summary
A teenager at a personal crossroads finds himself questioning the things that have given his life meaning in this independent coming-of-age drama. Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling) is a high school senior in a small Montana town. Roy doesnt have an especially close relationship with his mother Evangelline (Kelly Lynch), and he hasnt seen his father in years. That doesnt prevent Roy from feeling emotionally devastated when he learns that his father has killed himself, and Roys self-esteem takes a beating when hes cut from the high school football team shortly afterward. Roy wiles away his time swilling beer with his best friend, Tracy Two Dogs (Eddie Spears), and falling into a romance with Skyla (Clea Duvall), a barmaid at a local tavern, but it seems Roys short time on the high school gridiron impressed Gideon Ferguson (David Morse), a local character who coaches a semi-pro six-man football team when he isnt delivering newspapers or trying to score a gig singing country songs at nearby honky-tonks. Gid thinks Roy has potential, and asks him to join his team; encouraged by Gids belief in him, Roy agrees, and he persuades Tracy to tag along. While playing hardscrabble six-man football helps restore Roys self-confidence, he finds it doesnt answer his questions about his future or his relationship with Skyla, and when Gids overwhelming interest in Roy begins to lend credence to the rumors that Gid is gay, Roy starts to wonder just why he was asked to join the team. Jay Farrar, founder of the acclaimed alternative country bands Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, composed the films musical score. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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