Touchstone Pictures // 2001 // 90 Minutes // Rated PG-13
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // June 7th, 2002
"I got molested by a hot tub last night. It's a long story."
Rick (Jason London, Dazed and Confused), Luke (Zack Galifianakis, Bubble Boy) and their buddies are having the time of their lives up on Bull Mountain in Alaska. Their days are spent drinking beer, snowboarding and looking for hot mammas. When sleazy investor John Majors (Lee Majors, TV's The Six Million Dollar Man) breezes into town and plans to buy up the resort and mountain, things look pretty grim for our heroes. To make matters worse, Rick is in love with the engaged Anna (Caroline Dhaverns, Lost And Delirious), a girl he met on a tropical vacation who is also the daughter of the jerky Majors! If only Rick could see that the cute Jenny (A.J. Cook, Wishmaster 3: Beyond The Gates Of Hell) has the hots for him and is literally throwing herself at his feet. Other subplots include a Swiss model (Playboy sex bomb Victoria Silvstedt) that all the men pine after, a bartender who just might be gay, and a goofy drunk who is endlessly tortured by his snowboarding pals every time he passes out. Can our boys save their precious mountain without spilling their drinks? Crack open the wild turkey and strap on your boots...you're gonna be knocked Out Cold!
I went into Out Cold anticipating the worst and was pleasantly surprised. Any movie featuring a polar bear licking a drunk man's privates can't be all bad, can it? In the same class as Hot Dog: The Movie and Ski Patrol, Out Cold is about A.) skiing/snowboarding, B.) boobs and C.) slapstick humor so broad that makes the Three Stooges look like Albert Brooks. Directors Brendan and Emmett Mallouy make their directing debut with this wacky, antic crazed movie that features some of the best snowboarding stunts ever captured on film. The cast all know exactly what kind of material they're working with (a man getting his penis caught in a Jacuzzi jet isn't Shakespeare), thus ensuring that they just have a good time acting like slackers. Of the cast, the standout is the bearded Zach Galifianakis, zinging some funny one liners while simultaneously making sure to bonk his head once in a while for the lowbrow laugh. The script is often witty and the performances endearing, which is more than I can say for half of the films released each year. No one will mistake Out Cold for Casablanca, but with the right amount of beer it'll do just fine. Polar bear not included.
Out Cold is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. Touchstone has done a fine job at making sure this print looks very clean without many imperfections to be found. While a small amount of edge enhancement pops up from time to time, it's never distracting to the viewing. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and works best when there's some rock songs playing in the back ground. There are a few surround sounds to be heard, though mainly it's through ambient noise. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles. The extra features on Out Cold are plentiful for a film of this size; included on this disc are ten fairly humorous deleted scenes in a rough widescreen version, a short featurette titled "Greetings From Bull Mountain" that includes a few interviews with the cast and crew, and an action montage of the game "King of the Mountain." I am saving the best extra for last: a commentary track by the two directors with...drum roll...their Grandma Rose. This must be the first time a commentary track was recorded with the filmmaker's grandparent! This is a funny track to say the least (Granny loves Lee Majors!), and well worth the viewer's time. Overall this is a harmlessly raunchy film that should go down smoother than an ice cold Corona.
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Studio: Touchstone Pictures
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2001
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13
* Commentary track by The Malloys and Grandma Rose
* Deleted Scenes
* "Greetings From Bull Mountain" Featurette
* "King of the Mountain" Montage