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Cold Weather (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 15 April 2011 (UK)
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A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance.

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Doug
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Gail
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Carlos
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Rachel
Jeb Pearson ...
Jim Warden
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Swen
Ben Stambler ...
Motel Clerk
Katy Rothert ...
Mom
Paul Rothert ...
Stepfather
Jerry Moyer ...
Ice Factory Boss
Virgil L. Howell ...
Tobacconist
Barry Seltzer ...
Spencer
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Bartender
Elliott Glick ...
Mike
Joshua Locy ...
Jose
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Doug (Lankenau) returns home to Portland, Oregon after dropping out of college in Chicago. When his ex-girlfriend, Rachel (Rikoon), materializes and subsequently disappears, Doug sets on an investigation with his co-worker, Carlos (Castillo), as the two men put their love of old detective novels to use. Written by IMDb Editors

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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$14,513 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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$141,358 (USA) (15 April 2011)
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Carlos: Sherlock fuckin' Holmes.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

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Deathrace
Written by Danny Edge, Ben Stambler, Sam Burton, and Paul Solet
Performed by Deathrace
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Two ways to look at this film
3 March 2011 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

On one hand, a local guy came back to Portland and made a feature film set in the city I live in and love; he made it on a low budget, wrote it and directed it himself, got it made and *released*! (And Portland looks gorgeous in the film.) This is an impressive achievement any filmmaker should be commended for. Many aspiring filmmakers never get their film finished let alone released.

On the other hand, the film is woefully lacking in basics like character development and an interesting story. Many plot points simply don't ring true or seem plausible; even character interactions seem forced and a bit scripted, giving the audience precious little to relate to or care about in these people; we're almost *begging* for something to latch on to as we watch the film, but there's almost nothing. The dialog is usually wooden and forgettable, and it's hard to see how it advances the story much or helps us understand the relationship between the characters (or makes us laugh). And there's rarely any tension between characters (hint: *conflict* in movies is interesting!).

I get that it wasn't supposed to be a thriller but it isn't effective as a "relationship film" either. Too much "reading between the lines" and "willing suspension of disbelief" is required. "Cold Weather" kind of plods along to an unexpected conclusion, making us wonder what kind of movie it *could* have been. Unfortunately, it compares poorly to similar films made on a low budget by young directors.


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