Czech Republic’s 2004 box office champ, “Snowboarders” is a fast-paced coming-of-age comedy in which two teenage boys chase girls while learning the title sport. Local gags may prevent the pic from carving out too much international theatrical biz, though sports-themed fests will flip, and the DVD could be fun at parties.
Seeking to escape not only the suffocating traditional family Christmas celebration but mom’s mistaken idea about his raging hormones, Rendy (Vojtech Kotek) teams with chum Jachym (Jiri Madl), known as “Wedge,” to hit the slopes. Soon they’re in the hotel kitchen of cousin Milan (Jiri Langmajer), ensnared by Jachym’s evil sis Marta (Ester Geislerova) and enthralled with a band of Bettys led by Klara (Lucie Vondrackova). Short film and promo clip vet Karel Janak deftly balances his script with sex-drenched teen hijinks and situational comedy spoofing adult foibles. Main cast is fine, with Barbora Seidlova and Michal Novotny funny as a sex-crazed guest and clueless German tourist, respectively. Sprightly soundtrack marks the first feature work for vet producer-songwriter Miroslav Chyska. Pic, shot in the spectacular northern Bohemian mountains, won the Czech Lion audience award for fave film of 2004.