In the Olympic Athlete Village, a young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends. Starring Nick Kroll and Alexi Pappas. Filmed on location in the actual Olympic Village at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics with three people comprising the entire cast and crew: Jeremy Teicher, Nick Kroll, and Alexi Pappas. Real Olympic athletes, including Jamie Anderson and Gus Kenworthy, also make their way into the film as additional characters.
The first feature film to be shot inside the Olympic Village. See more »
I'm gay! I'm... I'm sorry. I thought...
[shows his fingernails]
I didn't even see. I wouldn't have even known.
Maybe you realized. I... I'm sorry. I hope I didn't lead you on.
No, it's okay. You didn't, um... I just... I'm having a really hard time here and I just really... I really need someone to kiss me right now. Like I *really* need someone to kiss me and I know that you're not attracted to me and it's...
[Gus kisses Penelope]
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As far as sports romcoms go, this is an unusual movie, in that it's shot at the Olympic Village during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. This very real backdrop is fleshed out in a bunch of scenes with equally real athletes, capturing an unfamiliar flavour.
Starring alongside the established Nick Kroll is the movie's co-writer, Alexi Pappas, former Olympian, just like Gus Kenworthy and Morgan Schild, who also have small roles to play. There's a bit of a Lost in Translation (in sports) feeling to Olympic Dreams, which unfortunately doesn't get the chance to really catch on, as the movie stumbles to its predictable finale. The good thing is Pappas and Kroll are both likable on screen, and Pappas captures a bit of the forlorn solitude of elite athletes and the harsh realities of the Olympic cycle.
Not in enough depth to really make the movie memorable, but sufficiently to put a personal twist to a familiar tale.
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