Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Out Cold

Jason London, Lee Majors, Derek Hamilton

Directed By: Emmett and Brendan Malloy

Two 1/2 stars (out of five)

By Christina McKenzie
Gazette Staff

As leader of the snowboarders, Rick Rambis spurs on a revolution of sorts to save Bull Mountain from jackass real estate developer John Majors in the movie, Out Cold.

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Rick (Jason London) must reclaim the mountain and save the beer-drinking, snow-sport culture in the latest in a long line of no-brainer comedies.

Rick's onscreen pals are right at home in this stupid-funny movie. The diverse cast of characters include the idiot, sex-fantasizing Pig-Pen (Derek Hamilton), pass-out drunk Luke (Zach Galifiankis), "I can't make it down 10 feet of the hill before wiping out" Anthony (Flex Alexander), "in and out" closet homosexual bartender Lance (David Denman) and Jenny (A.J. Cook), a beer-chugging, "one of the boys" girl who is also Rick's ultimate love interest.

Out Cold opens with a brief introduction to the history of Alaska's Bull Mountain. Upon his death, the legendary Papa Muntz – who frequented the slopes with his pants at half-mast while drinking a beer – passed on the legacy of the mountain business to his son Rick and the crew.

In honour of Muntz, the gang annually races down the slopes with beer in hand – the goal being to keep your cup as full as possible to claim the title "King of the Mountain." This is just one of the many highly entertaining scenes Out Cold has to offer.

The boarding bums' revolt begins as John Majors (Lee Majors) disrupts the shenanigans and ferrets out the snowboarder community. He ruthlessly transforms the mountain into a market for an elitist core and eliminates the local bar to create the pretentious "Powder Room."

He forces the boarders to take off their grubby garb and wear what Luke describes as "unitards."

The only bonus of John's invasion is eye-candy for the boys – also known as John's stepdaughter, Inga (Playboy bunny Victoria Silvstedt).

Although easy on the intellect, Out Cold isn't entirely light on the laughs. Take the film for what it's worth – a bunch of young adults living for parties, booze, sex, moonshine runs and, most of all, carving up snow.

If you crave Adam Sandler-esque humour and original plot and characterization, this film should be saved for a summer day rental.

However, if you need a reprieve from an over-stuffed, exam-cramming brain, Out Cold will soothe your head and provide that much-needed brain freeze.

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