Explores racial tensions in a Nova Scotia high school and how a gifted black Canadian teenage athlete gets caught in the crossfire, jeopardizing his dream of getting drafted by the NHL. The difficulties in attaining equality and tolerance in such an environment are explored through the different characters, and there's an open-ended understanding that it will take work to start to set things right.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Fights between white and black students occur in the hallways of a Nova Scotia high school. Punches and kicks are thrown, students are bruised and bloodied. A white student, after jumping a black student on a back road, gets jumped by a group of black students and ends up in a hospital, bandaged and brain damaged. Bullying: white students verbally and physically harass black students, and a group of black female students bully a white female student in the restroom by taking her coat and refusing to give it back. A pimp punches a prostitute in the face.
A female student takes a pregnancy test, uncertain as to who the father is. Two teens have sex in a basement; kissing and undressing on a couch.
Derogatory racist terms used by white people: in addition to the "N" word, terms like "monkey," "the ape," and "dark meat" are used by white teens and adults. A mixed-race teen girl is called a "half-breed" by a black Canadian teen girl bully. Other types of profanity frequently used: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "d--k." Middle finger gesture.
Ease of Play
Two teens drink shots in a basement after a tutoring session.