Dick Knost Show, The
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Dick Knost Show, The

A slight but funny look at the world of sports broadcasting.


Bruce Sweeney (Canada, Contemporary World Cinema)
3stars



SCREENINGS:

Tuesday, September 10, 9:15 p.m.
Scotiabank 3 (259 Richmond Street West)

Thursday, September 12, 9:45 a.m.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

Saturday September 14, 9:15 a.m.
Scotiabank 3 (259 Richmond Street West)


It’s impossible to look at Dick Knost, The Dick Knost Show‘s fictional sports broadcaster, with his scruffy beard and sunglasses, without thinking of Sportsnet’s Bob McCown. Navigating a culture where controversy equals publicity (but at the risk of alienating advertisers), the cantankerous Knost (Tom Scholte) finds himself in hot water at his station because of an ill-advised tweet about Osama Bin Laden. When he suffers a concussion while playing squash, he’s put in a position familiar to many athletes: he must try to return to work so he can support his team, or else watch others take their jobs.

The Dick Knost Show is fairly toothless as a satire of sports punditry, but the film introduces a group of characters that play well against each other. From Knost’s brassy producer (Gabrielle Rose) to his dim-witted on-air partner (Paul Skrudland), Canadian writer-director Bruce Sweeney populates Knost’s world with an ensemble that would lend itself well to a television show. As it is though, this feels more like a promising pilot for a program that hasn’t yet found its footing.

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