MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 333 this week

Just Add Water (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 March 2008 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 2,427 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 6 critic

An offbeat romantic comedy about a decent guy, Ray Tuckby, with a dead-end life in the dead-end town of Trona, CA. After encouragement from a stranger whom he happens upon, Ray begins to dream again. He sheds the parasites in his life, musters the nerve to pursue his childhood love, and finally takes back his community by toppling the local teenage Meth-baron.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 07 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 31 titles
created 16 May 2014
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Just Add Water" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Just Add Water (2008)

Just Add Water (2008) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Just Add Water.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Lucy has always used food to escape life's problems, but when this self-titled "fat friend" lures her group of old college buddies to the Montana wilderness, she reveals a new self - skinny, beautiful and still flawed.

Director: Tate Taylor
Stars: Missi Pyle, Melissa McCarthy, Larry Sullivan
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

With the ratings dropping for a wilderness-themed TV show, two animal fans go to the Andes in search of Bigfoot.

Director: Fred Wolf
Stars: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Justin Long
Cyrus I (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

John and Molly, a divorced middle aged man and a single mother meet at a friends party and start up a small relationship, all John has to do now is meet Molly's son... Cyrus

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Stars: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill
The Captain (2007)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

When "The Captain," an 82-year-old former shoe salesman from Ohio, moves to Los Angeles with his lovely wife Nedra, he finds resistance to his stand-up comedy dreams by his three grown children.

Director: Sean K. Lambert
Stars: Tim Bagley, Jennifer Coolidge, Cheryl Hines
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man accidentally hits a homeless person with his car and then can't seem to get rid of him the rest of the night.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Luke Wilson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A romantic comedy centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.

Director: Alan Poul
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Stars: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto
Pumpkin (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A sorority girl is drawn to a disabled man.

Directors: Anthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder
Stars: Christina Ricci, Hank Harris, Brenda Blethyn
Cook-Off! (2015)
Comedy

Amateur "chefs" from around the country compete for a million dollar prize in the ultimate food fight.

Director: Guy Shalem
Stars: Louie Anderson, Nick Rey Angelus, Diedrich Bader
The Buzz (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Hart Bochner
Stars: Jon Lovitz
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Family moves to a new town, get along better with their new neighbours than themselves, hilarity ensues.

Stars: Danny DeVito, Edie Falco
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Clem (as Tracy Walter)
...
Mother
Edit

Storyline

Close to the entrance to Death Valley is the God-forsaken town of Trona. It's nearly empty: dry, with polluted water and poisoned soil. Dilapidated houses hold slackers and stoners. The town is virtually owned by Dirk, a heartless young meth dealer. In the midst of this lives Ray Tuckby, a naïf, unhappily married with a slothful son. The highlight of Ray's day is chatting with Nora, a clerk at the market. When Ray comes home early from work and finds his wife in bed with his brother, a few things start to change. Then he meets Merl, who's putting in a Chevron station, and Merl encourages Ray to dream. Can he? A recipe for meringue may hold one of the keys. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Part Sugar  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$625,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Ray Tuckby: Thanks for coming. Would you like a receipt with that? Don't forget to take a mint.
Ray Tuckby: Thanks for coming. Would you like a receipt with that? Don't forget to take a mint.
Ray Tuckby: Thanks for coming. Would you like a receipt with that? Don't forget to take a mint.
Ray Tuckby: Thanks for coming. Would you like a receipt with that? Don't forget to take a mint.
See more »

Soundtracks

Cuts Like A Blade
by Dusty Wright (AKA Mark J. Petracca)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Instant classic. I hate comparing, but it's this year's Juno...
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this film. It's endearing from beginning to end. Seeing it tonight at the DGA was a great way to spend the evening. I had no idea what I was walking into beyond the stellar cast comprised of Dylan Walsh, Tracy Middendorf, Danny DeVito and the ever beautiful Cerina Vincent. Rounding out the cast were a couple cameos including a great turn by uber-slacker Justin Long.

Funny. That's the underlying truth. But without the over-the-top syrup that comedies like this strive for. Dylan's stretching his legs into a new category of his career...a fine actor beyond the scope of Nip/Tuck. I'm anxious to see his role as the psychotic dad in The Stepfather remake lensing right now.

DeVito's voice-over carried the comedic scenes into a hilarious threshold and I found myself clapping while busting a gut at some of the sequences...including a nod at Blazing Saddles with a meth'd out woman punching a dog.

And Hart Bochner. What can I say? He forever left an image opposite Alan Rickman trying to broker a deal in the original Die Hard playing Ellis...well, chalk up his resume to a writer/director to watch in the coming years. He's transitioned quite well and created a gem of a little film.

Brilliant. Not to miss.


30 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My girlfriend frank-boisvert-1
Why is it called 'Just Add Water'? forgether
Film paints an inglorious picture of working class Americans max_tout
reunions canto39
What! Phychobamsen
Dirk running things? insk8311
Discuss Just Add Water (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?