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Puddle Cruiser (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A student falls in love with a fellow student who is defending his buddies in university court. He "proves his love" (more like his masculinity) to her by playing rugby against her ex-boyfriend.

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Zach
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Grogan
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Felix Bean
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Matt
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Freaky Reaky
Zach Chapman ...
Greg / WCOB Deejay
Alison Bower ...
Emily (as Alison Clapp)
Kayren Butler ...
Suzanne
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Bailiff (as Arik Ben Treston)
Jamison Selby ...
Traci Shannon
Charles Lloyd ...
Officer Reese
Leanne Cummings ...
Woman Jogger
Sally Brackett ...
Cup Dropper
James P.Q. Sperber ...
Pasta Fagioli
Patrick R. Heffernan ...
Lamb Chop / Rugby Player #4
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A student falls in love with a fellow student who is defending his buddies in university court. He "proves his love" (more like his masculinity) to her by playing rugby against her ex-boyfriend.

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Rated R for language, sexual content and brief drug use

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The cafeteria woman who answers the phone while Zach is trying to get in touch with the girl is actually Kevin Heffernan's mother. The man who plays the character of Pork Chop and one of the Rugby players is his brother. See more »

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Zach: What's the difference? It's just a bunch of old white men legislating my uterus anyway.
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In the credits "Casting by Mink" is credited. Mink is Erik Stolhanske, one of the members of Broken Lizard and Mink is his nickname. He received a casting credit because open auditions were held in his loft See more »

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References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

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Shows the strengths - and weaknesses - of Broken Lizard
19 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like a lot of people on IMDb, I saw Super Troopers first and laughed my *ss off, thinking these guys were the second coming of Monty Python or something. Then I saw Club Dread, which had a significantly higher budget and more studio support, and I was certainly let down. So when I saw Puddle Cruiser on the shelf, I thought this might be the holy grail of Broken Lizard movies: an early effort in which these guys' talents could really shine, without being overpowered by the production.

But alas this sluggish, only sporadically amusing film brings to light one glaring fact about the BL team: these guys may be charismatic and talented, but writing is NOT their strong suit. This script is simply not funny, and no amount of natural comedic talent can cover that up. That makes it all the clearer why Super Troopers worked so well, while Club Dread didn't. Just compare the scripts, and you'll see that one is full of great jokes and situations ripe with comedic possibility, while the other is more of a premise than anything else.

So while Puddle Cruiser is a charming look at the roots of these guys' collegiate comedy bond, it is far from a solid film. Watch it for the nostalgia value, and hope these guys put as much effort into their future scripts as they did on Super Troopers.


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