Corner Gas The Movie

We enjoyed some Canadian culture on the weekend–Corner Gas The Movie.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you may be too late.

It only has a one-week theatre run before hitting TV and a DVD bin near you.

Based on a TV series called, you guessed it, Corner Gas, the movie picks up the story of the residents of Dog River, Saskatchewan where things left off when the series ended in 2009.

We’re big Corner Gas fans. Not only is it well-written and really funny, but there’s no violence, sex or profanity. How often do you find a show like this?

The most amazing thing? It’s Canadian! Don’t get me wrong. I’m a proud Canadian and consider myself incredibly fortunate to live here, but in spite of all our wonderfulness, we’re a little…challenged…in the TV department. Corner Gas is the bright light in the line up of forgetful Canadian TV shows. (Okay–The Trailer Park Boys is memorable, too, but like a train crash. For the record, we’re not like Ricky and the boys–really!)

If you feel the need for some Canada in your life, take a trip to Dog River and hang out at the Ruby with the gang.

You might find yourself trying to convince your sailor to move to small town Saskatchewan. (Oh wait…that’s me!)

Not A Lot Goin’ On

007Technology is great. Mostly

For instance, recent advances allow us to be tied to our jobs in ways unimagined by previous generations.

Your boss will try to convince you this is a good thing.

Like when our school district switched to an extraordinarily complicated online IEP programme, our administrator told us with a straight face, “It’s worth all the aggravation of learning this new system because you’ll be able to access your work from home now!”

Right–because being able to take work home is the dream of every employee.

Believe it or not, there are other negative aspects to the mushrooming technology we enjoy.

TV on DVD springs to mind.

Sure, it’s great to be able to watch your favourite shows whenever you want with no pesky commercials. The downside: your favourite shows playing constantly in the background without even one commercial break for respite.

My boy is on a Corner Gas kick.

Don’t get me wrong–I love Corner Gas. It’s the best Canadian show I’ve ever seen. (If you’re familiar with the work of the CBC, you’ll realize this is faint praise, indeed.)

Corner Gas is a great family friendly comedy that’s actually funny. It has quirky characters, a unique setting and cleverly written scripts. The bluest language you’ll hear is Oscar calling someone a jackass. He’s usually right.

I proudly recommend this great Canadian sitcom.

When our boy discovered it, we bought the first four seasons on DVD because, well, there’s not much on TV these days that I consider kid-appropriate. Corner Gas is, and it’s a good enough show that my sailor and I like it, too.

But not constantly. It’s been running nonstop every evening since school started three weeks ago.

It’s enough to make me curse the jackass who invented DVD players.