Guest Author - Kevin Thorburn
You would think a movie about a new women’s hockey league could be something reasonable, plausible and respectful? There is nothing wrong with the concept, but enter National Lampoon.
Yes, I think that just said it all. There is not a whole lot on the positive side that can be brought to the table with this work. Pucked stars Jon Bon Jovi who plays an attorney that gave up his law practising days to pursue his real dream – inventing the next big mass marketing success story. He fails at everything until he comes up with the World Wide Women’s Hockey League idea.
There is no point telling anymore of the plot as the movie looks like something just thrown on the screen to pander to the leagues of National Lampoon fans that actually exist.
If you can get through the tripe, Bon Jovi actually shows he has some acting ability. His character is the only one that is remotely developed and the superstar singer sells it nicely.
In addition there is some decent commentary on the credit card companies taking advantage of people who have no business having a credit card in the first place.
That being said and acknowledged, the movie is awful. A potentially good idea – a women’s hockey league – is used as nothing more than an avenue for some poor stereotypical jokes and female frontal nudity. Instead of developing something along the lines of the baseball movie A League of Their Own, they come up with this nonsense. Again, seeing the National Lampoon name should be a dead giveaway that nothing of redeeming quality will be produced.
The National Women’s Hockey League is one such league that has been able to show some success and women’s hockey thrives throughout the world, albeit mostly on an amateur basis. The women’s Olympic hockey provides some of the best and most competitive play around. The rivalry between the Canadian and American teams is unparalleled. Unfortunately this film would have the viewer believe the idea of women’s hockey is nothing more of a joke.
Don’t listen to them.
Pucked receives a generous two out of a possible five stars.