Release Date: May 21, 2002
Run Time: 90 min
Ten-second Rundown: The classic save-the-mounain for boozin' and
bunnies formula returns for the new millennium. (That means that
there are snowboards instead of skis.)
Commentary by directors
Emmett & Brendan Malloy with Grandma Rose
Bull Mountain" (Featurette)
"King of the Mountain"
Spanish and French
Chapter 17, "Taking Back the Mountain"
Widescreen (1.85:1) Enhanced For 16x9 Televisions, Dolby Digital Surround
comes from the same mold Kevin Smith paid homage to in Mallrats,
and even stars Jason London, the twin brother of Mallrats star
Jeremy London. The genre consists of a group of slackers forced to
take on the responsibility of saving an institution they love, usually
with the help of a harebrained scheme and a huge party. Throw in a
romance plot, some T&A and a minor celebrity and you got yourself
a good drinkin' party movie.
The set-up this
time is a crew of snowboarding buddies in the Alaskan town of Bull
Mountain. Their way of life is threatened by minor celebrity Lee Majors'
plans to turn Bull Mountain into Snownook, a trendy Aspen clone. Their
plan is an all-out Animal House assault on the opening day.
Thanks to a poor
decision to slip under the PG-13 bar, the only thing missing is the
aforementioned T and A. All the Ts have bras on and the only A is
sculpted in bronze and belongs to Lewis Arquette. The picture itself
has some solid laughs and some awesome snowboarding footage.
are hilarious performances from Thomas Lennon (The State), David Koechner,
and Zach Galifianakis (Bubble Boy). There are the standard
gross-out gags involving men stuck in hot tubs and on-camera feces,
but what sets Out Cold apart from most of the comedies that
have come out since John Hughes moved on to the toddler set is that
the plot matters. Most of these pictures just end up being a series
of sketches with similar locations and characters (see American
Pie 2) but Out Cold keeps a story going.
The DVD features
an odd but amusing commentary track with the brother directing team
and their grandma. The featurette is pretty standard "Making of" fare,
and the deleted scenes were deleted for a reason. The movie itself
is a good time, and whether you pick up the disc or it comes around
to cable, get together with your hardest drinkin' slacker pals and
enjoy an '80s picture you missed back then 'cause it was made last