Full disclosure: The Indiewire staff has a significant Canadian population. And in defense of our over-exuberant friends in Vancouver, where all hell broke loose after the Boston Bruins took home the Stanley Cup Wednesday night, we decided to lighten the mood and share our picks for the five worst hockey movies of all time.
Narrowing the field down to five wasn’t easy. Though North Americans love their hockey, studios haven’t really made much of an effort to sell the sport with quality product.
Below are our top five in alphabetical order:
“D3: The Mighty Ducks,” 1996
The third entry in “The Mighty Ducks” canon was its last, and with good reason. Canadian actor Joshua Jackson (TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”) takes center stage in this outing that sees the Ducks head off to a stuffy Minnesota high school. Although Emilio Estevez gets top billing, he only appears in the opening scenes. Lucky him.
“The Love Guru,” 2008
Blame Canuck Mike Meyers for this atrocity (he co-wrote, produced and stars in the thing). Panned by critics worldwide, “The Love Guru” tanked at the box office, coming in at #4 on its opening weekend in North America. The plot revolves Guru Maurice Pitka (Meyers) who comes to the aid of the down-and-out star player of the Toronto Maple Leafs, to break the team’s losing streak.
“Score: A Hockey Musical,” 2010
Critics didn’t have high hopes for this one when it was announced as the opening night film for last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Turns out they had reason to worry. In case the title didn’t make it clear, this Canadian effort is a musical… about hockey. Fun fact: it stars Canuck pop superstar Nelly Furtado in her film acting debut.
“Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice,” 2002
This belated sequel to the beloved 1977 hockey comedy, “Slap Shot,” subs Stephen Baldwin for Paul Newman and went straight to video. Gary Busey also stars. Watch at your own risk.
“The Tooth Fairy,” 2010
Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) stars as a minor league hockey player who one night steals a dollar from under the pillow of his girlfriend’s daughter. Deemed a “dream crusher” by the tooth fairies of the world, they punish him by sentencing him to serve two weeks as a tooth fairy. Billy Crystal, Julie Andrews and Ashley Judd all star. Why? No clue.