This Hilarious Mockumentary Parodies Ski Movie Cliches

Clara T. Fryman

Picture the opening shots of a ski film: swirling mists, a skier (probably a man, based on this year’s crop of ski films) clicks into their bindings, and launches into a sprawling sea of… grass? More Is More: Why Multi-Passes—and the Crowds They Bring—Are Great for Skiing “The Kook” establishes […]

Picture the opening shots of a ski film: swirling mists, a skier (probably a man, based on this year’s crop of ski films) clicks into their bindings, and launches into a sprawling sea of… grass?

“The Kook” establishes itself from inception as a deadpan sendup of the intensity and self-seriousness of ski films. It has fun without so much as a wink while taking on the archetypal comeback and outcast stories that the industry loves to tell. With its words of wisdom emanating from the mouth of a drunken man in a San Francisco homeless encampment, rather than a shamanic figure, “The Kook” is a novel take on the story you’ve seen a million times.

The film tells the story of a fictional former comp skier who has a new vision for urban skiing. While being a parody, it asks compelling questions about the nature of rejection and success in the face of an industry that has no room for you. It has great nods to films that inspired “The Kook,” most notably JP Auclair’s iconic “All.I.Can” segment. And you can watch him huck a front flip off a dirt cliff—so check it out!

This article originally appeared on Powder.com and was republished with permission.


For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!

Next Post

Is Calorie Restriction the Panacea to Good Health and Longevity?

As we age, it can seem like our bodies are breaking down. We lose our hearing, our vision, our mobility, and our memory. We develop back pain, neck pain, diabetes, and depression. But one recent study, published in Cell, suggests calorie restriction is a comprehensive way to solve most aging […]

Subscribe US Now