Director: Gary Burns Year: 2000 Run Time: 87min
waydowntown (2000)

In the maze-like downtown core of Calgary, four young office workers inhabit a world full of interconnected skywalks between offices, apartment buildings, food courts and malls – making it possible, or perhaps even easy, to never go outside.

But when the pals decide to make a bet about who can stay indoors the longest, they each start reaching their breaking points in increasingly funny and unexpected ways.

As the bet unravels, the desire for a breath of fresh air brings loyalties, values and relationships under highly comic scrutiny.

Waydowntown won Best Canadian Film at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for four Canadian Comedy Awards.

“A smart, sardonic satire.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Staff Pick:

"This was my favorite movie in High School. Even though this takes place in Calgary, and I grew up on PEI, it speaks to something really truly Canadian-- it sucks being stuck indoors all winter." —Meg


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Closed Captioning:



waydowntown is filmed and set in Alberta. Gary Burns is from Alberta.

Ratings by Province:

14A Alberta
14A British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
14A Northwest Territories
14A Nunavut
14A Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
G Québec
14A Saskatchewan
14A Yukon