Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day


Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day

Promotional poster
Directed by Mike Clattenburg
Produced by Mike Clattenburg
Barrie Dunn
Michael Volpe
Written by Mike Clattenburg
Robb Wells
John Paul Tremblay
Mike Smith
Timm Hannebohm
Based on Trailer Park Boys created by Mike Clattenburg
Starring Robb Wells
John Paul Tremblay
Mike Smith
John Dunsworth
Jonathan Torrens
Patrick Roach
Lucy Decoutere
Sarah E. Dunsworth
Barrie Dunn
Tyrone Parsons
Jeanna Harrison
Music by Blain Morris
Cinematography Ted McInnes
Editing by Roger Mattiussi
Studio Trailer Park Productions
Topsail Productions
Distributed by Alliance Films
Release date(s) September 25, 2009 (2009-09-25) (Canada)
Running time 102 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget C$6.6 million[1]
Box office C$3,037,011[1]

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day is a 2009 Canadian mockumentary comedy/crime film directed by Mike Clattenburg. It is the second film based on the Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys, following 2005's Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. Countdown to Liquor Day follows Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) as they return to a life of crime after being released from prison.

Clattenberg first announced plans to end the Trailer Park Boys franchise with a feature film in November 2008. Countdown to Liquor Day is not a direct sequel to the first film, but instead a conclusion to "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys", the television special that ended the series after its seventh season. Filming for Countdown to Liquor Day took place on location in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day premiered in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the 29th Atlantic Film Festival; it was released theatrically in Canada on September 25, 2009. The film received mixed reviews; some critics praised it for staying true to the television series, while others derided it for its crude humor. Countdown to Liquor Day grossed over $3 million during its domestic theatrical run. It won an Atlantic Film Festival Award for Best Sound Design, and earned a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

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Plot

Following the events of the episode "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys", the film opens with Ricky, Julian and Bubbles being released from prison. Upon returning to Sunnyvale Trailer Park, Bubbles finds that all of his kitties are at an animal shelter and that he will need to pay thousands of dollars in order to have them released; secondly, Ricky and Julian successfully rob a liquor store, but Julian uses all the money to buy a car and refurbish his trailer into an auto-body shop. Ricky's plan is to pass his Grade 12 exam, which he feels will open doors of opportunity for him.

Jim Lahey is sober and has opened up a posh new trailer park while attempting to demolish Sunnyvale. Lahey's only problem is that his new sewer line will have to run through Julian's lot, so he tries to convince Julian to move. One sip of Randy's beer causes him to revert back to alcoholism. After Randy leaves him, Lahey goes on a liquor-fueled rampage. Meanwhile, the boys experience failure: Julian's auto-body business is failing, Ricky fails his Grade 12 exam, and Bubbles' kitties remain in the animal shelter.

The boys decide to rob a bank disguised as security guards making an armored-car transport. They succeed in obtaining the money from the vault but they are foiled by Lahey showing up at the last minute. The boys are arrested and sent back to prison. Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles receive a short sentence due to their arresting officer being drunk but request not to be filmed anymore. The closing scene shows Lahey drunk in Cuba, after absconding with the stolen money.

Cast

Production

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day is the second film to be based on the television series Trailer Park Boys, following Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.[2] It was directed by Mike Clattenburg, the creator and director of the series and director of the first film. Countdown to Liquor Day is not a direct sequel to the first film, but a conclusion to "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys", the final television special that concluded the series.[3] As with the previous film, Countdown to Liquor Day sees the cast from the television series reprise their respective roles.

Clattenburg officially announced plans to end the Trailer Park Boys franchise in November 2008. He initially wanted to end the series after the fifth season. Due to popular demand from fans of the series, Clattenburg decided to produce two more seasons for the show. When asked why he chose to end the franchise, Clattenburg stated, "There comes a time I'd like to do more new stuff and develop in different ways."[4] Filming took place on location in Nova Scotia, Canada.[5]

Release

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day was released in Canadian theatres on September 25, 2009. The film was produced and distributed by Alliance Films.[6] Prior to its theatrical release, the film held its world premiere in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the 29th Atlantic Film Festival, where it won an award for Best Sound Design.[7]

Reception

Prior to its domestic theatrical release, Countdown to Liquor Day divided film critics. Linda Bernard of the Toronto Star wrote that the film was "a celluloid celebration of everything that boys love about being boys; from running around in their underpants, to setting stuff on fire, demolishing structures with heavy machinery and eating fried chicken for breakfast."[8] Stephen Cole of The Globe and Mail awarded the film three stars out of four, writing, "Trailer Park Boys succeeded because they were good company. So they are again in their second movie."[9] Steve Newton of Straight.com stated the film was "the funniest Canadian movie ever made."[10]

Norman Wilner of Now Magazine wrote in his negative review, "Even the fans might wonder where the laughs are this time around. Heads get shaved, stuff gets smashed and drinks get drunk, but nothing has much of a payoff."[11] Jay Stone of The StarPhoenix wrote that the film's "shenanigans run out of steam in a hurry, a problem that Countdown to Liquor Day tries to counteract with an episodic structure that flies through several stories, each of them cruder than the last."[12]

Box office

Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day grossed $1,396,229 on its opening weekend, placing 12th place at the box office.[13] The film dropped 65.33 percent during its second week, earning only $484,072.[14] The film dropped an additional 45.85 percent in its third week, grossing only $262,129 at thirty-second place.[15] In total, Countdown to Liquor Day has grossed $2,941,985 in Canada.[16]

Home video releases

In Canada, Countdown to Liquor Day was released in DVD and Blu-ray disc formats on December 22, 2009. Special features for the film include deleted scenes, extended takes, lost interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage.[17] In the United States, the film was released in the same home video formats on February 23, 2010.[18][19]

Accolades

Awards
Award Category Recipient Result
30th Genie Awards[20] Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role John Dunsworth Nominated
29th Atlantic Film Festival[7] Best Sound Design Brian Power Won


References

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  2. ^ "Sideshow- a Showcase blog : A Message From Mike Clattenburg". Showcase. CW Media, Inc. November 12, 2008. http://www.showcase.ca/blog/blogs/sideshow/archive/2008/11/12/trailer-park-boys-say-goodbye.aspx. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Kubacki, Maria (December 1, 2008). "Taking out the Trailer trash: Trailer Park Boys hash their final scheme". http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/taking+trailer+trash+trailer+park+boys+hash+their+final+scheme/1018532/story.html. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Countdown to Trailer Park Boys movie - The Globe and Mail". CTVglobemedia. September 22, 2009. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/countdown-to-trailer-park-boys-movie/article1297519. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Trailer Park Boys 2 Returns Bubbles, Julian, and Ricky to the Big Screen". Movieweb. September 29, 2008. http://www.movieweb.com/news/NEklusokWrdmnp. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Alliance Films: Film Details". Alliance Films. http://www.alliancefilms.com/en/89/details/display/12199. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Media". Atlantic Film Festival Association. http://www.atlanticfilm.com/AFFAindex216.html. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Bernard, Linda (September 25, 2009). "TheStar.com". http://thestar.ca/entertainment/movies/article/700751. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ Cole, Stephen (September 24, 2009). "Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day - The Globe and Mail". http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/trailer-park-boys-countdown-to-liquor-day/article1300073. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day backslides into laughs". Straight.com. http://www.straight.com/article-258884/boys-backslide-laughs. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Wilner, Norman (September 23, 2009). "NOW Magazine // Movies // Trailer Park Boys: Countdown To Liquor Day". NOW. NOW Communications. http://www.nowtoronto.com/movies/story.cfm?content=171415. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ Stone, Jay (September 25, 2009). "Review: The Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day". The StarPhoenix. Canwest. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Review+Trailer+Park+Boys+Countdown+Liquor/2028826/story.html. 
  13. ^ "The Numbers - US Movie Box Office Chart Weekend of September 25, 2009". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/weekly/2009/20090925.php. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Numbers - US Movie Box Office Chart Weekend of October 2, 2009". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/weekly/2009/20091002.php. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  15. ^ "The Numbers - US Movie Box Office Chart Weekend of October 2, 2009". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/weekly/2009/20091002.php. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day - Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information - The Numbers". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2009/0TPB3.php. Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "DVD column for Dec. 22. Highlights of the week include 500 Days of Summer and It Might Get Loud.". kelowna.com. http://www.kelowna.com/2009/12/15/dvd-column-for-dec-22-highlights-of-the-week-include-500-days-of-summer-and-it-might-get-loud/. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  18. ^ "Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (Ws) (2009)". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UJIY8E. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (Ws) (Blu-ray) (2009)". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UJIY84. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "30th ANNUAL GENIE AWARDS - Full Nominee List - revised April 9". http://www.genieawards.ca/genie30/press/30GenieNominationList.pdf. 

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