The coming-of-age journey of 5 teenage boys who leave their small, Canadian town behind and risk skating across Lake Ontario to New York on the coldest day of the year.

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Charles Minsky

Writers:

Monte Merrick (screenplay), Edmond Stevens (based on the novella by)
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Connor Jessup ... Casey Demas
Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan ... Rudy Bouchard
Gage Munroe ... Art Bouchard
Matthew Knight ... Jimmy Mundell
Dylan Everett ... Boney Labue
Michelle Nolden ... Jessie Demas
Jason Gedrick ... Doug Demas
Niamh Wilson ... Page
Brandon McGibbon ... Iceman
Craig Eldridge ... Mario Bouchard
Evan Buliung ... Dr. David Janeau
Duane Murray ... Coach Andre Simard
Flint Eagle ... Ned
Diana Bentley ... Bartender
Steve 'Shack' Shackleton ... Lake Patrolman
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The coming-of-age journey of 5 teenage boys who leave their small, Canadian town behind and risk skating across Lake Ontario to New York on the coldest day of the year.

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Sometimes the greatest adventure is right outside your front door.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language including some crude sexual references
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Unique Idea
8 May 2021 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

A risky, long distance lake skate is a great idea for a coming of age picture. While the other aspects were cliched, this concept kept it fresh.

They gave us a glimpse of character development before the big adventure, so we could guess at how each boy would handle it, or perhaps be surprised. But the build-up on land was very short. Because we got more of it out on the lake. They got right to the action and let the characters develop further during the adventure.

But since so little time was spent getting to know the town or the parents, I didn't feel the angst of the kids viscerally. It could have been a more edgy working class drama. Instead it was more like a Disney.

The lead boy carried it competently. I liked his authentic reaction to his mom after the skate, and his early reluctance with the girl. Good facial expressions and outbursts.

Like most coming of age stories, we see who is strong, who is weak, and who makes progress. Our lead made progress. We liked him and rooted for him. Meanwhile we were entertained by the adventure.


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12 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Ontario, Canada See more »

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