The return to Dog River in Corner Gas: The Movie was a lot of fun. The whole cast is back and they're pretty much the same as they were in the series. The story and script was written by series creator Brent Butt and Andrew Carr and Andrew Wreggitt. The movie was directed by David Storey. He directed 43, of the 107, episodes of Corner Gas and he was a producer on the series. The movie had a brief run in the theater December 3-14 2014. Then it appeared on Crave TV and The Movie Channel, followed by it's premiere on CTV December 17. It also appeared on The Comedy Network.
Brent Leroy (Brent Butt) runs the Corner Gas station. His parents, Oscar (Eric Peterson) and Emma (Janet Wright), are retired. Wanda Dollard (Nancy Robertson) works at Corner Gas. Lacy Burrows (Gabrielle Miller) runs The Ruby cafe. Hank Yarbo (Fred Ewanuick) hangs around the station and does odd jobs. He's Brent's best friend. Sergeant Davis Quinton (Lorne Cardinal) and Constable Karen Pelly (Tara Spencer-Nairn) are the local town cops.
It's been 5 years since the series ended and the town has fallen on hard times. The Mayor invested the town's bank account in a land deal in Detroit, the land values fell, the town's skint. They can't pay their electric bill and they can't afford to fix the water pump so there's no water either. In an effort to win some money from the Quaintest Town in Canada contest the town decides to spruce up the place. The $75,000 prize will go along way in getting the town back on it's feet. That gets off to a good start but soon things go south.
Brent buys local bar when Phil the bartender leaves town. That leads to more trouble including a lawsuit. Wanda runs a secret drinking establishment in Davis's basement man cave. Davis takes up the life of a Private Eye after being let go from the police force. That leaves a 6 month pregnant Karen in charge. Oscar sells the car and buys a horse and wagon. Emma gets a mobility scooter and goes everywhere on that.
There's a subplot about a company that wants to buy up the town and Davis and Hank make a trip to the dreaded Wollerton. Spit. (It's a thing they do.) Hank arrives with the lady from the contest to find the town in chaos. Lucky for them she's got an idea to help them out. Things turn out all right in the end.
I got a lot of laughs and enjoyed the movie as much as the series. Even though 5 years had past the feel of the show is the same. I listened to the commentary with Brent and David Storey. That was also entertaining. I know I'll be watching the movie again and was glad to have picked it up.