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Love, Sex and Eating the Bones

Director Sudz Sutherland
Year 2003
Run Time 100min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Michael (Harper) is an aspiring photographer who is also obsessed with pornography. Jasmine (Afflack) is a single marketing executive who has sworn off sex since her last breakup. When the two meet, sparks fly … and complications ensue. 

Falling for the girl of his dreams and unable to perform, Michael must contend with the limits of fantasy or risk losing Jasmine. As the pair navigate the complex world of modern love, they must come to savour all that life brings – to “eat the bones” – in this raunchy yet crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. 

Love, Sex and Eating the Bones was named Best Canadian First Feature at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival.

Director

Sudz Sutherland

Writers

Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland

Cast

Meriaka Weathered, Mark Taylor, Hill Harper, Marlyne Barrett

Producer

Jennifer Holness

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Interest

BIPOC Stories

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion

Drinkwater

Director Stephen Campanelli
Year 2021
Run Time 117min
Genre Comedy
Mike Drinkwater (Doheny) isn’t like the other kids in his small town. They all have dreams, goals – and normal families. His awkward attempts to fit in are constantly thwarted by his delusional father (McCormack) who has devoted his life to maintaining the appearance of a long healed injury for the insurance. Mike’s rudderless existence is upended when his new neighbour Wallace (Tronco) gives him the push he needs to try to win the heart of the girl of his dreams, and to get rid of his personal demons along the way.

Drinkwater is a fun coming of age comedy that will have you laughing and rooting for the likable cast of quirky misfits.

“…quite possibly the most Canadian film ever made.” – Chris Knight, The National Post
 

Director

Stephen Campanelli

Director and cinematographer Campanelli got his start as a camera operator, working on many of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood’s features, including Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Grand Torino, and others. His directing credits include Momentum, Indian Horse, Grand Isle, and most recently, Drinkwater. Next, he is set to direct The Outlaws.

Writers

Edward McDonald, Luke Fraser

Cast

Eric McCormack, Daniel Doheny, Louriza Tronco

Producers

Graham Fraser, Dennis Swartman

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

LevelFILM

Bon Cop Bad Cop

Director Érik Canuel
Year 2006
Run Time 116min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A box-office smash, Bon Cop, Bad Cop is an action-packed comedy about two policemen who are thrown together to solve a crime committed on the border between Quebec and Ontario.

Ward (Feore) and Boucher (Huard) couldn’t be more different: one is an English-speaker from Toronto, the other is a French-speaker from Montreal; one never deviates from established procedure, the other is a rebel who refuses to play by the rules. The detectives soon learn that if they are to solve this lurid crime, which is linked to the world of hockey, they need to stop bickering and work together.

With uproarious performances from both leads, Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a genuinely clever take on the buddy-cop genre that will keep you captivated throughout.

Director

Érik Canuel

Canuel made music videos and TV commercials before turning to film. His features include Nez rouge and Le dernier tunnel, Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer, and the recent Undercover Grandpa. Bon Cop Bad Cop won a Genie for Best Motion Picture and the Golden Reel Award. Next, Canuel will direct the feature film The Burning Man.

Writers

Leila Basen, Alex Epstein, Patrick Huard, Kevin Tierney

Cast

Colm Feore, Patrick Huard

Producer

Kevin Tierney

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Breakaway

Director Robert Lieberman
Year 2011
Run Time 101min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rajveer Singh (Virmani) is struggling to balance the wishes of his traditional Sikh family and his own true passion for hockey. Raj and his friends play only for fun, held back by the prejudice and mockery of other teams as their turban-clad crew steps onto the ice. Enter Coach Dan Winters (Lowe) and soon the Speedy Singhs are competing in a real tournament, while Raj is falling in love with the coach’s beautiful sister, Melissa (Belle).

A cross-cultural story of self-discovery, Breakaway is a heartwarming, action-filled comedy, bringing a dash of Bollywood to Canada’s favourite sport. With a hilarious supporting cast including comedian Russell Peters, and a special appearance from Drake, Breakaway will have you cheering for its unlikely heroes.

Director

Robert Lieberman

Lieberman’s directing credits include the feature films D3: The Mighty Ducks, Fire in the Sky and Table for Five. He has won 29 Clio Awards for his work in advertising and has directed such hit TV shows as Lost Girl, Republic of Doyle, Houdini & Doyle, Haven, The Expanse, Rogue, and Criminal Minds. Most recently, he directed the features Christmas in Tahoe, Love Stories in Sunflower Valley and Love on the Road.

Writers

Noel S. Baker, Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Matt Simmons, Vinay Virmani

Cast

Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Rob Lowe, Camilla Belle

Producers

Ajay Virmani, Don Carmody, Frank Siracusa

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Discrimination, ESL, Family Relationships, Newcomer Stories, Sports

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Strange Brew

Directors Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
Year 1983
Run Time 90min
Genre Comedy
A Canadian comedy classic, Strange Brew follows lovable hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie (Moranis and Thomas, respectively) on an epic adventure soaked with beer and filled with doughnuts.

When her father dies suddenly, Pam (Griffin) is orphaned, and control of her family’s brewery threatens to fall into the hands of the conniving Brewmeister Smith (von Sydow). In stumble Bob and Doug, who land jobs as beer inspectors when their scheme involving a mouse in a bottle impresses the brewery brass.

Hilarity ensues as the boys attempt to foil the Brewmeister’s sinister plot to take over the world. Though the film appears at first glance to be a bonehead comedy, it is a deceptively clever farce based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Long before Wayne and Garth or Beavis and Butt-Head, there was Bob and Doug. Canada is proud to call them our own.

Directors

Rick Moranis

Moranis and Dave Thomas’s work on the Emmy Award–winning SCTV series earned them a place among the greatest comedians this country has ever produced. The duo came together again in 2018 for the live SCTV reunion, which was directed by Martin Scorcese and was released as a Netflix special.

Dave Thomas

Rick Moranis and Thomas’s work on the Emmy Award–winning SCTV series earned them a place among the greatest comedians this country has ever produced. The duo came together again in 2018 for the live SCTV reunion, which was directed by Martin Scorcese and was released as a Netflix special.

Writers

Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt

Cast

Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Max von Sydow, Lynne Griffin

Producer

Louis M. Silverstein

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Classics, ESL

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Warner Brothers/Criterion

Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (My Internship in Canada)

Director Philippe Falardeau
Year 2015
Run Time 108min
Genre Comedy, Drama
All eyes are on independent politician Steve Guibord (Huard), as he holds the swing vote on Canada’s decision to go to war in the Middle East. The pressure’s on from both sides of Parliament — and from his wife and daughter.

Frozen in the spotlight, Guibord’s closest ally becomes Souverain (Exantus), his naïve intern from Haiti, who commands the situation with playful quips, charming idealism and a good dose of humour.

Written and directed by Oscar nominee Philippe Falardeau, Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre’s satirical spin is a fun — and relevant — political farce. The film was nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture, and earned the Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Director

Philippe Falardeau

Quebecois director and screenwriter Falardeau has won more than 32 international awards for his films, which include Monsieur Lazhar, La moitié gauche du frigo, C'est pas moi, je le jure!, The Good Lie, the political satire Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre, and the recent My Salinger Year as well as the TV show Le temps des framboises

Writer

Philippe Falardeau

Cast

Patrick Huard, Suzanne Clément, Irdens Exantus

Producers

Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

Menteur (Compulsive Liar)

Director Émile Gaudreault
Year 2019
Run Time 111min
Genre Comedy

Simon’s friends and family have had enough of his compulsive lying. They try to stage an intervention for him but he refuses to accept that he has a problem. All of that changes when he wakes up to a bizarre reality where all of his lies and excuses have become true. His boss is a raving drunk, his sister-in-law is in love with him and basically everything that could go wrong does.

While everyone around him seems to think this reality is normal, his brother knows the truth and convinces him that the only way that everything can get back to normal is for him to kick his habit for good. The newest comedy from Émile Gaudrault (De Père en Flic), Menteur was a box office smash that is as funny as it is original.

Director

Émile Gaudreault

Gaudreault co-wrote Louis 19, le roi des ondes, which Ron Howard adapted into EDtv. Gaudreault both co-wrote and directed De pere en flic (the highest-grossing French-language film in Canadian history), Le vrai du faux, Le sens de l'humour and Mambo Italiano, which earned six Canadian Comedy Award nominations. He also wrote and directed De père en flic 2, and most recently, the comedy Menteur. He also co-wrote the upcoming Lignes de fuite, and is producing the English-language remake of De père en flic, Fathers and Guns.

Writers

Eric K. Boulianne, Émile Gaudreault, Sébastien Ravary

Cast

Louis-José Houde, Antoine Bertrand, Véronique Le Flaguais

Producer

Denise Robert

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

Director Mike Clattenburg
Year 2006
Run Time 95min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy
When pot-smoking petty criminals Julian (Tremblay) and Ricky (Wells) get caught breaking into an ATM, they’re both quickly sent to prison. Eighteen months later, the boys are released back into society, but the transition isn’t easy.

Ricky’s girlfriend, Lucy (Lucy Decoutere), has run off, and in between his efforts to win her back, he’s also planning the boys’ biggest heist yet: a haphazard plot that finds him enlisting the help of his nerdy friend Bubbles (Smith).

Following a television series beloved by millions on both sides of the border, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie dishes up more hilarity for fans and newcomers to Dartmouth alike.

Director

Mike Clattenburg

Writers

Mike Clattenburg, Robb Wells

Cast

Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, Hugh Dilllon, Lucy DeCoutere

Producers

Mike Clattenburg, Barrie Dunn, Michael Volpe, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

Starbuck

Director Ken Scott
Year 2011
Run Time 103min
Genre Comedy, Drama
As his girlfriend announces her pregnancy, David Wozniak (Huard), a forty-something slacker, receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination from sperm he donated 21 years earlier, have filed a class action lawsuit against the mysterious “Starbuck,” their biological father.

David’s life is fast falling apart — he’s in trouble with local thugs and owes a lot of money – but his unwitting support network of children, none of whom know who David really is, give him hope to carry on as he visits them in their daily lives.

Full of heart and with tons of laughs, this French Canadian contemporary classic was remade two years later in America under the title of Delivery Man — but with its blockbusting original release, we’d argue you shouldn’t mess with perfect!

Director

Ken Scott

Writers

Ken Scott, Martin Petit

Cast

Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand

Producer

André Rouleau

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

Goon

Director Michael Dowse
Year 2011
Run Time 92min
Genre Comedy, Drama
A misfit among his brainy family members, lovable bouncer Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Scott) has a righteous left hook. His fighting skills are so strong, in fact, that he unexpectedly lands a spot on a minor-league Canadian hockey team, where his role as “enforcer” has him dropping gloves with opposing players to put them “on ice.”

Michael Dowse’s brilliant comedy is big on character and bigger on heart, sure to appeal to both die-hard hockey fans and sports-phobic audiences alike.

Director

Michael Dowse

Dowse’s credits include the cult classics Fubar, Fubar II and It’s All Gone Pete Tong. His film Goon was a huge critical and box-office success. The F Word won the CSA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Dowse also directed episodes of Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel, the feature film Stuber, 8 Bit Christmas, and Coffee and Kareem. He is currently set to direct the film adaptation of the video game Just Cause and is developing a series about the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Writers

Jay Baruchel, Evan Goldberg, Doug Smith, Adam Frattasio

Cast

Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, Kim Coates

Producers

Jay Baruchel, Don Carmody, André Rouleau, Ian Dimerman, David Gross

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interest

Sports

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion