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Hi-Life (1998)

Jimmy needs $900 to clear a gambling debt but a series of lies leads to Ray trying to raise the cash from friend's who owe him money.

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Ray
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Susan
Michelle Durning ...
Yale
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Jimmy
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Minor
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Fatty
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April
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Elena
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Ricky
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Cliff
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Maggie
Steve Gilger ...
Bar Patron
J. Tucker Smith ...
Adrien (as Tucker Smith)
Elizabeth Van Dyke ...
Charlotte
Christina Santiago ...
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Storyline

Jimmy has a gambling debt and uses a lie to get his girlfriend Susan to help him find $900. Susan uses another lie to get her bartender brother Ray to help, but Ray hates Jimmy. Ray wanders around the local bars collecting the money; Jimmy's looking for Ray and Susan's looking for Jimmy. If the wrong people meet, the lies will unravel. Written by Rob Hartill

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bar | debt | actor | abortion | christmas | See All (11) »

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A romantic comedy for the romantically challenged.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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27 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entrando na Maior Fria  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,773 (USA) (4 December 1998)

Gross:

$7,957 (USA) (18 December 1998)
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Goofs

During the fight between Ray and Santa, Santa's hat is knocked off his head in the bar. When they continue the fight on the street Santa's hat reappears on the sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

April: What do you want for Christmas?
Ray: [whispers] You.
April: What?
Ray: I want you for Christmas.
April: Good, because then I don't have to shop... and I'll be fun to unwrap.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the carolers from the movie sing a few Christmas carols at the camera, then wish a Merry Christmas. See more »

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References Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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A Small Gem of a Christmas Movie
9 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Hi-Life" is no Christmas blockbuster. It's a small, rewarding treat of a Christmas-in-NYC movie, and it's one of the few holiday movies I love to see every year. It's a slice-of-life (well, slice-of-one-night, really) film full of small, everyday characters, written smartly and played by first-rate character actors. The NYC setting is warm, colorful and nostalgic without being dated in the least... kind of like New York itself (okay, like some parts of NYC). So: if you don't enjoy that sort of thing, if you've gotta have big-name glamour, special effects, knee-slapping jokes, car crashes or heavy,"message" drama in order not to be bored - avoid this film. P.S., if you miss living in and hanging out around New York, see it, especially during the holidays.


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