Brink! (August 1998)
Dir. Greg Beeman
Teen Andy Brinker (Brink) “soul skates.” However, when he thinks his family is having money problems, he joins a pro-team he hates to make money, but loses all his friends.
Based off the classic children’s novel, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, Brink! marks the beginning of the “Zoog Classic” Disney Channel Original Movies. Brink! features elements that continue to appear in films to this day: a diverse cast, [vaguely] inspiring lessons, realistic protagonists, and Katie Volding. Bringing the snazztastic phrase of “soul-skating” into the English vernacular, Brink! not only presents a world of inline skating, but also the more relatable worlds of familial problems: Brink finds himself concerned with money when his father is out of work due to an injury, and feels tempted by the fast cash offered by his enemy, the sponsored skater, Val. The film remains memorable for its honest portrayal of the problems concerning kids.
5/5 Dads Who’ve Fallen Off the Roof