Out Cold

It's funny when worthless movies try to insert some sort of message or story in an attempt to redeem itself. In Out Cold, there is a minor story involving the commercialization of a mountain. The locals love it because it is their hangout, but John Majors (Lee Majors, Here, Primary Suspect) wants to turn it into the next Aspen, with modern equipment, swanky nightclubs, and a new name. Somewhere in the movie is a story about not selling out, standing tall, and embracing one's legacy. However, Out Cold is more an excuse to show lots of snowboarding and young people doing stupid things while drunk. This it not necessarily a bad thing, since Out Cold does have some amusing moments that make it far more enjoyable than it actually should be, but not good enough.

The hero of the mountain is Rick Rambis (Jason London, Poor White Trash, The Rage: Carrie 2), local snowboarding stud and, if all goes as he wishes, the eventual owner of the mountain. Together with his friends Anthony (Flex Alexander, She's All That, The Apartment Complex), object of lust Jenny (A.J. Cook, The Virgin Suicides, Wishmaster 3), and brothers Pig Pen (Derek Hamilton, Extreme Days, Ripper: Letter From Hell) and Luke (Zach Galifianakis, Corky Romano, Bubble Boy) they snowboard, drink, and loaf around. They agree to work for Majors, but the only one Majors wants is Rambis. It doesn't help that Rick once dated Majors' daughter Anna (Caroline Dhavernas, Lost and Delirious, Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story). Anna's return throws Rick for a loop.

The highlights of Out Cold are the stupid (and usually crude) pranks, usually masterminded by Pig Pen with Luke as the butt. These are the kinds of things that are reminiscent of what people to do their friends after consuming large amounts of alcohol. Galifianakis takes it all in stride. There really is no point to acknowledge any specific actor, since everybody is fairly anonymous and serves to further their role's one characteristic, which is either usually a lust for booty or beer. The story never really kicks into full gear, but there is always something stupid to takes one's mind off it.

On the whole, Out Cold is a collection of drunken antics and snowboarding clips. Unlike Extreme Days, another recent, similar (but ideologically opposite) movie, this time, the snowboarders look a little like the actors they are stunting for. It's a thin movie for first time directors The Emory brothers (Brendan and Emmett) and screenwriter Jon Zack. Like Jackie Chan movies, there are outtakes at the end, which is probably the best part of Out Cold.

Haro Rates It: Not That Good.
1 hour, 29 minutes, Rated PG-13 for language, crude and sexual humor, and substance abuse.

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