Produced by Scott Smith, Connie Dolphin.
Directed, written by Scott Smith. Camera (color), Robert Aschmann; editor, Allan Lee; music, Don MacDonald; production designer, Robyn Badger; costume designer, Candace Cruikshank. Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival, Sept. 21, 1999. (Also in Toronto, Victoria, Santa Barbara film festivals.) Running time: 90 MIN.
With: Brendan Fletcher, Kett Turton, Crystal Buble, Brent Glenen, Seam Amsing , David Lovgren.
Yet another confused-teens-on-the-go pic, this Canuck slice of pimple-aged life offers good talents in a somewhat novel situation. But it fails to carve out enough distinction for its kids to make auds want to plunk down money to watch them in action. This “Rollercoaster” is headed onto the tube.
Shot entirely at a shut-down amusement park, Vancouver-lensed film follows the limited exploits of five youngsters determined to make major changes in their narrow lives. First, of course, they get really stoned. In the course of smoking, drinking and throwing up, they discuss some home truths, especially concerning strained affairs between the oldest boy (Kett Turton) and the only girl (Crystal Buble), who’s bent on ending it all that day. There’s also a little brother thinking about running away and a tough-ass toker (Brendan Fletcher) whose sexual leanings are brought out by a creepy security guard (a memorable David Lovgren). Only problem with helmer Scott Smith’s script is that it sticks its wholly inarticulate nobodies in what eventually becomes a monotonous setting. He wrings drama from his construct, but there’s not much reason to care about what happens.