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The Skating Rink

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The Skating Rink is part of a short film series called “Learning to Be Human,” which is very useful for those of us who never quite got around to being human.

Apparently, an important part of learning to be human is watching a lonely farm boy fall in love with the glitz and glamour of figure skating. We wish someone had told us sooner!

The Skating Rink follows Tuck, a farm boy whose family home seems to exist in the Great Depression, even though everything else around them is from the 1970s. Could it be a sci-fi time portal situation? Tuck’s Pa doesn’t care for his son’s odd ways - for example, it drives him crazy that Tuck chooses to walk home from school instead of riding the bus. What a little hellion!

Fortunately for Tuck, a big city ice skating guy has decided to build a huge skating rink in this small farm town. It’s obviously a terrible business decision, but lucky for him the short ends before he’s totally ruined. The skating rink's owner somehow guesses that Tuck would make a great figure skater if he gave it a shot, and he’s right! From there, it’s a matter of building up Tuck’s confidence so he can put on a show for the town. But what will Pa think? Is he still fixated on the school bus thing?

Lace up some skates and pull a hamstring with Mike, Kevin, and Bill on the smooth, glassy surface of The Skating Rink!

Written by: Mike Nelson, Conor Lastowka, Sean Thomason, Jason Miller and Zachary Shatzer

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Poster art by Jason Martian
Poster art by Jason Martian

RiffMeter rating

Average: 9.6 (17 votes)

Content Rating


Movie Decade

Release date

June 15, 2024


21 minutes
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