Bruce Sweeney (Last Wedding) directs this keenly observed and wickedly funny media satire about a self-absorbed sports-radio shock jock whose controversial social-media missive makes him the target of network scrutiny.
The Dick Knost Show
Caustic and self-absorbed, Dick Knost doesn't seem to care what people think about him. He's passionate about exactly three things: his popular sports talk radio show, full-contact professional hockey, and hating soccer. Steadfastly by his side is Kelly, a veteran firecracker of a producer. A well-tuned combination of crafty and feisty, she can smell bull a mile away — and dish it out with the best of them.
When Dick (Tom Scholte) is accused of violating the network's social media policy with a controversial tweet, it might just be the excuse the company has been looking for to replace him. But things get complicated when he suffers an injury that leaves his team scrambling to save his already-teetering show.
A true actor's director, and one of Canada's most daring filmmakers, Bruce Sweeney draws sharp and generous performances from his cast, which includes several regulars from his previous films. Paul Skrudland is perfect as Dick's co-host Neil, a heavily concussed, ex-pro hockey player who is obsessed with Paulina Gretzky. Scholte is virtually unrecognizable as the arrogant loose cannon Dick, masterfully navigating his character's surprising arc. And Gabrielle Rose is at her best as the quick-quipping, smooth operator Kelly, a woman who will do virtually anything to maintain her position.
Dick and Kelly's relationship is not an
easy one. They know each other far too
well, and though there is symbiotic trust
and admiration, it doesn't stop them from
undermining one another. And we are more
than happy to watch them do just that as
the team fumbles along trying to keep up
appearances. Smart, lively, and wickedly
funny, The Dick Knost Show is a keenly
observed satire of our media-saturated
world, and a thoroughly enjoyable study of
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