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Cast: Jason Gedrick, Dylan Everett, Wesley Morgan, Michelle Nolden, Niamh Wilson, Connor Jessup, Matthew Knight, Gage Munroe
SKATING TO NEW YORK is a contemporary coming-of-age adventure about five boys on a small-town Canadian high school hockey team, who live to skate. After losing a big game, they decide to do something never attempted before - skate across Lake Ontario to New York on the coldest day of the year.
"Skating to New York" tells the story of five friends, two of which are brothers. The four older boys all play on the same high school hockey team. They all meet down by lake Ontario after every game. One night they all decide to skate to New York across the large and dangerous frozen lake on the coldest day of the year.
That is the basic story line but there is a bit more going on as well. The two brothers and the team's goaltender are dealing with family issues which even causes some conflict amongst the friends. The skating trip they make is a big part of the story but the relationships the five friends share and the drama in their families were center stage to me.
I was looking forward to seeing the film and I did enjoy it but in the end I thought it could of been a bit better. For starters a few of the characters could of been fleshed out more, with a drama like this you need to have developed characters in order to keep the interest. I thought they dropped the ball on that.
On the good side I thought the acting was very good across the board and I did like the mix of adventure and family drama as well. "Skating to New York" is an enjoyable little film that most people should enjoy. A family drama about facing problems and growing from them. The film needed some work but the cast took in up another notch.
Released by Well Go USA
*** 1/4 Out Of *****