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In Blue Springs, Montana, high school student Roy Chutney is beginning to lose his way in life largely the result of two simultaneous events. The first is that his father, Nelson Chutney, dies. Roy hadn't seen his father much since his parents divorced and his father remarried. Nelson was run over by a train, but Roy's mother, Evangeline Chutney, with who Roy has a somewhat emotionally distant relationship, believes he committed suicide. The second is that because funding to the school has reduced the football program to just a varsity team with no junior varsity, Roy, along with half the other players, is cut from the football squad, as his coach doesn't believe he is mentally tough enough despite he being a skilled player. The two incidents combined make the situation even worse for Roy as football was his primary connection to his father. Into Roy's life enters Gideon Ferguson, the local newspaper seller, who asks Roy to be part of his newly formed football team, which will play in... Written by
Love is difficult no matter what relationships are binded together. However, male bonding can be the most difficult and fraught with anxiety. To find love among men means weakness in parts of our society. "The Slaughter Rule" converges on that dilemma within an archetypal framework of male sports.
Superb casting is generated in the chemistry between the mature teenager Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling) and adolescent adult Gideon Ferguson (David Morse), who wrangle on the dangerous edge of pederasty. Not finding true love with women, Gid searches and grasps for intimacy the only way he has known: football. Roy subconsciously searches for the father he never really had, getting a little more than he bargained for in return.
In bleak blizzard landscapes and amid hard scrabble lives, the Smith brothers and their camera freeze on the action, whether on the playing fields or the local restaurant or honky tonk. Beautifully photographed in Montana and containing wonderfully written dialogue, one feels they have known the characters for a long, long time. They embody flesh, blood, bones, brains, guts, heart, and love.
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