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A teenager at a personal crossroads finds himself questioning the things that have given his life meaning in this independent coming-of-age drama. Roy Chutney (Ryan Gosling) is a high school senior in a small Montana town. Roy doesn't have an especially close relationship with his mother Evangelline (Kelly Lynch), and he hasn't seen his father in years. That doesn't prevent Roy from feeling emotionally devastated when he learns that his father has killed himself, and Roy's self-esteem takes a beating when he's cut from the high school football team shortly afterward. Roy wiles away his time swilling beer with his best friend, Tracy Two Dogs (Eddie Spears), and falling into a romance with Skyla (Clea Duvall), a barmaid at a local tavern, but it seems Roy's short time on the high school gridiron impressed Gideon Ferguson (David Morse), a local character who coaches a semi-pro six-man football team when he isn't delivering newspapers or trying to score a gig singing country songs at nearby honky-tonks. Gid thinks Roy has potential, and asks him to join his team; encouraged by Gid's belief in him, Roy agrees, and he persuades Tracy to tag along. While playing hardscrabble six-man football helps restore Roy's self-confidence, he finds it doesn't answer his questions about his future or his relationship with Skyla, and when Gid's overwhelming interest in Roy begins to lend credence to the rumors that Gid is gay, Roy starts to wonder just why he was asked to join the team. Jay Farrar, founder of the acclaimed alternative country bands Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, composed the film's musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 8, 2003


Ryan Gosling
as Roy Chutney
David Morse
as Gideon Ferguson
Clea Duvall
as Skyla Sisco
David Cale
as Studebaker
Eddie Spears
as Tracy Two Dogs
Kelly Lynch
as Evangeline Chutney
Amy Adams
as Doreen


Greg O'Connor
Eric Alan Edwards
Jay Farrar
Composer (Music Score)
Brent White
John Johnson
Production Designer
Christopher Cronyn
Josh Fagin
Associate Producer
Robert Hawk
Associate Producer
Gavin O'Connor
Executive Producer
Jerry McFadden
Executive Producer
Kristin M. Burke
Costume Designer
Felicia Fasano
Mary Vernieu