ROLLER TOWN (Andrew Bush). 80 minutes. Opens Friday (September 21). See times. Rating: NNN
Roller Town skates onto local screens with lots of hoopla. It was the big winner in the movie categories at the recent Canadian Comedy Awards, and its creators, part of the sketch troupe Picnicface (who swept the TV CCAs), are some of the funniest talents in the country.
Most of that absurd Picnicface humour translates to the big screen in this parody of underdog movies involving Leo (Mark Little), who simply wants to roller-boogie, date classically trained skater Julia (Kayla Lorette) and possibly discover who killed his father and made him an orphan.
A subplot involving early video games - it's the 1970s, remember - is amusing, as are the repeated appearances of Bee Gees-esque group the Boogaloos, complete with tight gold outfits and nonsensical lyrics.
Director/co-writer Andrew Bush hits most of the beats of the clichéd genre, including the late-in-the-game inspirational montage.
But even at 80 minutes, the broad gags become repetitive, while some plot points go undeveloped.
And if the romantic leads are suitably awkward, it's a shame Picnicface members Evany Rosen and Bill Wood aren't used more. On the other hand, Pat Thornton's dim-witted thug is surprisingly nuanced.