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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.

Director:

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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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>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug material | See all certifications »
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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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Cuts Like A Blade
by Dusty Wright (AKA Mark J. Petracca)
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What a star cast ...
17 December 2015 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Although back when the movie was made, some of them did not have that star power they had later (and some still) in their career. DeVito is well known of course, or was better known and he has a nice role in this. It's actually a slow burning comedy though, one where Danny does not have to "explode" or go all crazy or anything.

That also means, that some might not have the patience to actually sit through this one. There is good humor in this and it can be a fun watch, but it's not exactly laugh out loud material you're being served here. Not sure if comparisons would make this look better for some (especially to Juno as another reviewer remarked), but if you like small budget movies or find yourself to be a fan of most of the cast, you will have at least some fun watching this (it's more than decent overall)


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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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Budget:

$625,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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