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Out Cold (2001)

Cast: Jason London, Lee Majors, Willie Garson, more...
Director: Emmett Malloy, Brendan Malloy
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Genre: Comedies, Sports Comedy, Sports, Sports Comedy
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

Four wacky guys take on a pack of rich stuffed shirts (does this premise sound at all familiar?) in this broad comedy. Rick (Jason London) is a slobby but good-natured snowboarder who is mending a broken heart after splitting up with Anna (Caroline Dhavernas), a girl he met while on vacation in Mexico. Rick has headed back to Bull Mountain, AK, where he and his buddies Luke (Zach Galifianakis), Anthony (Flex Alexander), and Pig Pen (Derek Hamilton) spend their days riding the slopes and their nights partying hard. Rick and his pals hope to someday open a hangout for fellow boarders, but after Papa Muntz, the city's founder and largest landowner, passes on, his son Ted (Willie Garson) sells most of his property to John Majors (Lee Majors), a wealthy but pompous developer who wants to convert Bull Mountain into Snownook, an upscale ski resort catering to yuppies. Determined to keep Bull Mountain safe for like-minded burnouts and radical skiers, Rick and the gang declare war against Majors and his associates, though Rick feels a bit conflicted by the fact that John is Anna's father -- and his daughter is tagging along with her father as he relocates to Alaska. Anna, however, has a rival for Rick's attention, as Jenny (A.J. Cook), a cute ski bum, has shown her interest in him. Out Cold was the first feature film from sibling directorial team Brendan Malloy and Emmett Malloy, who previously worked in television commercials and created several snowboarding videos. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

"No regrets, that's my motto. Well... that and 'Everybody Wang Chung tonight.'" by Lastcrackerjack April 12, 2006 - 6:47 PM PDT
The backwater ski town of "Bull Mountain", Alaska and the snowboarding slobs who inhabit it fight back against the resort builder (Lee Majors) who seeks to commercialize the mountain.

The slobs in this throwback to the "slobs versus snobs" comedy are led by Jason London from "Dazed and Confused". His buddies include a tomboy played by A.J. Cook and two brothers (Derek Hamilton and, stealing the film, stand up comic Zach Galifianakis). In one of several inspired ideas, our hero "Rick" still pines for a French girl (Caroline Dhavennas) he romanced in Cancun but who disappeared on him, a la Ingrid Bergman in "Casablanca".

The Bogart-Bergman classic is never mentioned by name, but several clever allusions to it are dropped throughout the flick. Instead of "As Time Goes By", the song the hero has requested never be played again is Weezer's "Island In The Sun', one of many indie rock tunes that proliferate the soundtrack.

Written by Jon Zack under the title "Ten To One" and directed by music video and surfing video specialists Brendan Malloy & Emmett Malloy, "Out Cold" answers the eternal question, "What would 'Casablanca' look like if remade as a comedy like 'Caddyshack' for the pubescent snowboarding demographic?

The producers (Spyglass Entertainment and Lauren Shuler-Donner) do their best to make us dismiss the movie and almost succeed. Aside from laugh-out-loud turns by Galifianakis and David Koechner - playing one of those aging potheads who came to town 25 years ago and never left - and a spitfire performance by Cook as the gal pal, the film sports a B-movie cast who perform down to their billing. The search for the heir apparent to Bill Murray in "Meatballs" or Ted Knight in "Caddyshack" apparently came up way, way, way short when you cast Jason London and Lee Majors.

Zack wrote an irony laden throwback to all those slob comedies of the early '80s, for all of us who grew up on them. This went right over the heads of the demographic that the film was ultimately packaged for, who rightly consider it pretty lame. A PG-13 rating (the flick runs on Comedy Central virtually untouched) is totally uncalled for, considering the over age partying, and a funny hot tub scene with '97 Playmate of the Year and former Swedish national ski teamer Victoria Silvstedt in which there is zero nudity.

The snowboarding action - most memorably an early sequence where the slobs play "King of the Mountain", the object being to race to the bottom of the summit without spilling the beer from their mugs - is very well executed. Other than that, "The Malloys" as they're credited seem uninterested in doing any comedic heavy lifting in their film debut and have not been hired to make another feature since.

Despite every opportunity to be forgettable, there is funny, ironic material here that makes me give it a pass.

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