SKI SCHOOL can be summed up in four words: "Hey dude, let's party." Filmed on location in Canada and the U.S., the movie combines sports photography with the story of several underdog rabblerousers at a ski resort--a kind of "Wide World of Sports" meets ANIMAL HOUSE.
Reid (Mark Thomas Miller), a snobby rich kid who runs the ski school on Whistler Mountain, is involved in an ongoing rivalry with Dave (Dean Cameron), a career ski bum. When Dave and his band of rowdies are not training for the upcoming competition, they are throwing parties, crashing parties or
leering at women. Soon Johnny Roland (Tom Breznahan), a new arrival at Whistler Mountain, tries out for the competition, and of course ends up with Dave and his cohorts in section 8. As the big day on the slopes nears, each group tirelessly prepares. Dave uses subliminal suggestion on his
teammates. He sneaks into their rooms at night and, while they're sleeping, says things like "If you want to be the best, you must lose your mind."
At the preliminaries the next day, Reid and his cohorts in section 1 play dirty on the slopes and manage to get away with it. In retaliation, Dave and his pals sabotage Reid's promotional film for the school, and embarass Reid in front of some potential investors. This latest prank is enough to
get section 8 expelled. Naturally, this doesn't stop Dave and his partners in crime from entering the main event. In the final scene, the motley heroes are miraculously let back into the competition when they show up with enough beer to keep a capacity crowd at a football stadium happy. By the end
of the day, section 1 and section 8 are tied. So Reid and Johnny are chosen from each side for a tie-breaking race. When the two are nearing the end of the course, Johnny decides to take a short cut over "the dome"--a route which no skier has ever taken and lived to tell about. As onlookers hold
their collective breaths, Johnny makes it over the dome, beats Reid and section 8 wins.
Beyond the skillful lensing of snow-covered mountain locations and interesting sports photography, SKI SCHOOL is a slow-moving picture which doesn't have much to offer. David Mitchell has written a screenplay which leaves his characters underdeveloped and therefore hard to identify or sympathize
with. And the female characters, not unsurprisingly, are there only as bimbos or sexual objects. (Profanity, sexual situations, nudity.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
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