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Freeze Out (2005)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  2 October 2005 (USA)
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'Swingers' meets 'Rounders': A friendly poker game gets ugly when the host raises the stakes and everyone's dirty secrets are revealed.

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Kristopher Logan ...
Chip
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Tim
Julie Thaxter-Gourlay ...
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Freeze Out is a comedy about one man's ridiculous and overzealous attempt to get revenge for the constant ribbing of his best friends at his weekly poker game. John's weekly poker game is a sanctuary from the horrors of living and working in Los Angeles: a ritual of jokes, beer drinking, talking movies, politics, and sex. In short, it's a good time and the max bet is 25 cents so no one is going to go broke. But something is bugging John. His friends don't respect him; any chance they get they cut him down, tell him he's boring, make him feel small. He's tired of being the butt of their jokes and he's not going to take it anymore. So he raises the stakes, trains in secret and engineers a winner-take-all Freeze Out, never realizing it might cost him his 7 best friends. What starts as an innocent night of low stakes poker becomes a ripping lampoon of friendship and a funny look at how we all lie to ourselves. Written by M.J. Loheed

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lie all you want ... just don't lie to yourself

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An LA movie with wide appeal
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An impressive debut for director Loheed, Freeze Out is an LA film with wide appeal.

The story revolves around John and his group of friends, all of whom are out of work actors/comedians just trying to survive until they catch their big break. The setting of the film is a weekly poker game the friends share to get their minds off of the day to day rigors of an actor's life. When John tires of constantly being the butt of his friends jokes, he takes it upon himself to get them back and get them back where it hurts the most. The ego and the wallet. The delicate balance of friendship, humor, pain, and survival make this film not only work, but very believable. As the viewer, you know the characters on a personal level. Clearly, this is where Loheed's success is at it's greatest. His dialogue and pace equates with the banter and emotion of real conversation the viewer can relate to.

While most films about the Los Angeles scene alienate their viewers with vague references and inside jokes, Loheed uses his experiences only as base, not as the basis. I expect great things from Mr. Loheed and am confident he will not let me down. This is a creative mind worth watching and I for one, will be.


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