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Just Add Water (2008)

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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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Hart Bochner

Writer:

Hart Bochner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Walsh ... Ray Tuckby
Jonah Hill ... Eddie
Justin Long ... Spoonie
Danny DeVito ... Merl Striker
Tracy Middendorf ... Nora
Melissa McCarthy ... Selma
Anika Noni Rose ... R'ch'lle
Lindsey Axelsson ... Chrisy
Will Rothhaar ... Dirk
Joey Kern ... Scotty
Penny Balfour ... Charlene
Lee Garlington ... Penny
Michael Hitchcock ... Mark Tuckby
Tracey Walter ... Clem (as Tracy Walter)
June Squibb ... Mother
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Part Sugar See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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$625,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Cuts Like A Blade
by Dusty Wright (AKA Mark J. Petracca)
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Starts Off Strong but...
21 October 2012 | by boutros2-508-493139See all my reviews

I'm always partial to sunny California movies because I live in a rainy climate. So, a few stars just for that...

However, while this movie started off strong - a sparse, dark comedy, engaging storyline; it ended on an altogether different and implausible note. Which is a shame because it was a movie with a lot of potential, good writing, good story, good casting and good acting.

The "romance" between the two lead characters was a snooze. For the feminists out there, if you take issue with the story of Snow White and what it implies then the love story here may also irk you. The son's romantic life, while again implausible, was more interesting.

The not-so-subtle symbolism of dry, arid land vs. fertile land practically smacks you in the face.

Basically, if you have a couple of hours to kill on a rainy day, watch it. It's mostly entertaining. If you like complex situations neatly wrapped up with a bright Hollywood bow, you're in luck. If you like movies where peace is brought when gender roles are strictly adhered to, even better.


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