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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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Cast

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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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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: It's time to put your dick on the chopping block.
Ray: Good mouth!
April: I'm trying to be more colorful.
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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 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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An charming and intelligent film with witty dialog and fine acting.
7 September 2000 | by (Illinois) – See all my reviews

Hi-life is a complicated tale of friends and acquaintances trying to outwit and bamboozle each other over a gambling debt only a few are privy to. Each of the finely scripted characters gets drawn into the conspiracy for their own reasons, being deceived by the previous conspirator yet remaining unaware of the others. Taking place one evening in a nondescript New York neighborhood, it's the tale of ordinary people living mundane lives complicated by love, hate, ego, and chicanery, yet each are a charming mixture of goodness and banality much like every one of us. The complicated plot comes together at closing time in the Hi-Life Bar where all the characters meet and their deceptions are revealed. The script is witty, the acting is first rate, and one hates to see the story end.


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