In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.



Director Anthony Burns and screenwriter brothers Heath and Brandon Freeman tell the story of 19-year-old Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez), who finds his life at a crossroads when the Texas roller rink where he works is forced to shut its doors. Set in the early 1980s, this is a coming-of-age tale in which the hapless but hopeful protagonist must contend with his parents’ divorce, shifting friendships and making choices on the path to adulthood. “Skateland” shows a young man dealing at age 19 with his world crashing in on him, in several ways, pretty much all at once. I appreciated the story they chose to tell and found the lead character rather charming and a nice portrayal of a not too perfect “good boy.” I was interested in following what he was going through.

There is one dramatic scene in the film and you wonder if the first 2/3 of the film were there to set this up, but nothing really comes of it but a little crying from some characters. The Ritchie character has a fight with his love interest that eventually makes them never speak again, but it almost happens behind closed doors and you wonder why it was such a big deal. But, that’s the usual crap you get from coming of age flicks. It’s ripe for parody, but it almost feels like a needed narrative staple.

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes as its sole special feature. It’s not that amazing, but it shows how the film took its own shape. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, as it sports a rather strong DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track for an indie flick. However, the transfer has no field of depth for a 1080p mix. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.



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