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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

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Hart Bochner
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Cast

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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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Budget:

$625,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

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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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Cuts Like A Blade
Written by Mark Petracca aka Dusty Wright
Performed by Dusty Wright
Courtesy of PetRock Records
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Light hearted insight into life.
24 June 2008 | by Rutger-11See all my reviews

This movie is set in the most hopeless part of American society. Where everyone has a hopeless, pathetic job or no job at all and spend their free time in an equally hopeless and neglecting manner. It's just over the top and presented in a delightful, light hearted way.

It's easy to identify with the lead character who is somewhat more "normal" then the people around him, but too passive to change things. Following his daily routine you realize (at least I did) it's how we all live, just exaggerated.

I found it a sharp comedy in both the humorous and the dramatic sense of the word. I liked it.


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