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Just Add Water (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 March 2008 (USA)
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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.



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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 <>

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Comedy | Romance

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




Release Date:

18 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Part Sugar  »

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$625,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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[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.
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Just Add Water - It Rocks!
18 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good humor extracted from desperate lows! How do you get humor out of a crack addict? Hart Bochner will show you how with his kick-ass comedy!

Dylan Walsh and Tracy Middendorf topped my list with sensitive and believable performances amidst Bochner's gentle and yet twisted humor.

Imaginative and creative work come from a cast, none of which upstage one another. Balance is key in the ensemble, as the character of Ray Tuckby and his posse attempt to clean up Trona, CA.

Much of the humor is about the treatment of the situation and not necessarily the location. In fact Bochner has turned the desolate area of Trona into a blank canvas to paint on.

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