Bull Mountain in Alaska’s high country has retained its hard living frontier lifestyle from the time it was founded by the legendary Papa Muntz (who was fond of skiing and drinking – preferably at the same time). Now his son Ted (Willie Garson) runs the resort and employs most of the town – including Rick Rambis (Jason London), Jenny (A J Cook), Luke (Zach Galifianakis) and Pig Pen (Derek Hamilton). But for Ted, it’s time to get out, and he proposes to sell to a Colorado developer, John Majors (Lee Majors). Majors envisages an Aspen in Alaska, and sets about moulding the town to his vision. He sees the potential in Rick, and asks him to manage the new resort; but he has other plans for his friends. Meanwhile, Majors has brought his two stepdaughters – Inga (Victoria Silvstedt) and Anna (Caroline Dhavernas) – to town. Trouble is, Rick and Anna have a history.
Review by David Edwards:
Alaska reportedly has one of the lowest ratios of women to men in the world. It’s little surprise then that this Alaska-set comedy revels in the kind of hard-drinking, outdoorsy, sex-starved reputation for which the state is renowned. Out Cold is basically Porky’s in the snow, and it’s a pale imitation at that. You can’t go into this movie expecting anything innovative.
There’s never a shadow of a doubt how the film will end, so it basically comes down to how good the jokes are along the way. Unfortunately, they’re not all that great. Probably only one could really be called offensive, but several are pretty off-colour. The paper-thin plot is little more than an excuse for the gags, and I found much of the film dragged because so little was happening (the filmmakers even had to pad things out with a meaningless dream sequence – never a good sign). The characters are stock-standard for this kind of film – the wild guy, the dumb guy, the guy who’s clearly gay but won’t admit it. You get the picture.
Lee Majors’ character (oddly also called Majors) however, provides something of a bright spot. Jason London is amiable enough as Rick, and he’s well-matched with the two significant actresses in the piece, Caroline Dhavernas and A J Cook (from The Virgin Suicides, not Alyssa Jane Cook). Zach Galifianakis gets some good laughs as Luke, but one of his scenes will surely inspire groans from the males in the audience. Lee Majors though is the real highlight here as the slimy developer. Although he’ll always be the Six Million Dollar Man, he knows better than to take himself too seriously, and he seems to have a lot of fun with this role. That though is sadly not enough to elevate the film above a “wait for the video” recommendation. The wait won’t be long, trust me.
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OUT COLD (M)
CAST: Jason London, Lee Majors, Willie Garson, Zach Galifianakis, David Koechner
PRODUCER: Michael Aguilar, Jonathan Glickman, Lee R. Mayes
DIRECTOR: Brendan Malloy, Emmett Malloy
SCRIPT: Jon Zack
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Richard Crudo
EDITOR: Jeffrey Wolf
MUSIC: Michael Andrews
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michael S. Bolton
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: BVI
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 1, 2002