MEN WITH BROOMS
Canadian Whiskey, Er, Whimsy
Release Date: January 01, 2003
Starring: Paul Gross, Molly Parker,
Leslie Nielsen, Michelle
Nolden, Peter Outerbridge, Jed
Rees, James Allodi, and Greg
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Artisan Entertainment
Director: Paul Gross
Producer: Robert Lantos
Writer: Paul Gross and John Krizanc
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Paul is trying to branch out into movies these days. Earlier this year, his Canadian hit, MEN WITH BROOMS, ventured briefly out on foreign shores. Regrettably, Paul saw fit (or unfit) to make an R-rated comedy, with even stronger New Age tones than his TV show. On the other hand, the movie also contains some winsome, positive references not only to God, but also to Jesus Christ, including Christ’s death on the Cross.
Paul stars in MEN WITH BROOMS as Chris Cutter, a curling superstar. (Curling is a sport much like shuffleboard but played on ice with 42-pound stones and brooms to steer the stones along the ice.) Chris has fallen from grace because, in a past Golden Broom tournament, he failed to acknowledge a foul that he committed. (Apparently, curling sometimes depends on the personal honor of the athletes. Imagine that!) Rather than help his team win the finals, an ashamed Paul left the team and never came back. Paul’s teammates never forgave him, nor did Paul’s father, an old curling star played by Leslie Nielsen.
Ten years later, in his last will and testament, the dead coach of Paul’s team asks Paul and his teammates to compete once again for the Golden Broom. The coach also orders his ashes placed in a curling stone.
Reluctantly at first, Paul and his ex-friends re-constitute the team. Paul, however, gets distracted by one of the dead coach’s two daughters, Julie, who’s also an astronaut. Paul’s leaving 10 years before had broken up their relationship, but it’s the other daughter, Amy, who truly loves him.
Can Amy win Paul’s heart? Can Paul’s team, with the help of Paul’s hardened but good-hearted father, slide to victory? Also, can Paul restore the honor he’s lost, or will his moral conscience fail him again?
There’s a lot to like in MEN WITH BROOMS, beginning with the movie’s whimsical, positive references to God and Jesus Christ. For instance, in narrating the events of his death from heaven, the dead coach says, “Death comes to us all. I was just hoping God would make an exception for a curling man.” Also, even though it’s uneven and not as humorous as it wants to be, MEN WITH BROOMS has some heroic and morally commendable moments. The movie contains an excessive amount of objectionable material, however.
For example, there are many strong obscenities and profanities, as well as immoral sexual references. One subplot shows one of Paul’s married teammates having intercourse with his wife so they can have a baby. Having a baby is a laudable goal for a married couple, but showing them mate on screen, even if they have most of their clothes on, is not! Another teammate is a playboy who smokes marijuana.
In addition to the foul language and sex, MEN WITH BROOMS has a New Age, mystical pagan worldview that mixes the movie’s Christian religious elements with the pagan, politically correct ones. In fact, in the feel good ending to the movie, two unattached women become lesbian lovers and they kiss. This last perverted element shows the hidden dangers of the New Age movement. The New Age is a self-described pluralistic movement that is politically correct because it allows all kinds of religious and political diversity, so long as that diversity is not conservative, capitalistic, Christian, or biblical. New Age pluralism defies reason because it makes an exclusive argument against exclusivity. Thus, New Age pluralism is inherently self-contradictory and irrational.
There used to be, however, a more rational, older definition of pluralism in the United States. This pluralism meant that, although we allow some diversities and differences, as well as a limited liberty to practice our individual religions as we wish, we still have a common culture based on eternal, national and even biblical and Christian values. This is the kind of limited pluralism that people with common sense and wisdom can get behind, not the New Age, secular, politically correct, pagan pluralism that terrorizes today’s world and destroys the minds of our children and grandchildren.
MEN WITH BROOMS is a whimsical, at times charming, exercise in understated Canadian comedy. The script is a little uneven and overpacked, however. In addition, despite some positive references to God and Jesus Christ, as well as some moral elements, MEN WITH BROOMS contains a pluralistic New Age worldview with strong foul language, adult sexual references and politically correct elements regarding two homosexual lesbians.