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Hugo Pool

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HUGO POOL is a cool and quirky film about Hugo Dugay, a young pool cleaner in Los Angeles. In the course of one day, Hugo cleans 44 pools, deals with eccentric and dangerous clients, helps her parents grow up, and still find time to fall in love.


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  • Actors: Alyssa Milano, Malcolm McDowell, Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty
  • Directors: Robert Downey Sr.
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Nomadic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JGWD50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hugo Pool" on IMDb

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Scott FS VINE VOICE on August 22, 2004
Format: DVD
And I guess it is.

But really, this is more affecting than off-putting as some of the reviews below have suggested.

The title of the film refers to the lovely Alyssa Milano, who owns a pool-cleaning business. Robert Downey, Jr., Malcom McDowell, Richard Lewis, Cathy Moriarty, and Patrick Dempsey also star in the film.

I found the film fresh, refreshing, and a mild surprise. You'd expect a film where one of the principal characters is dying of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) to perhaps lapse into deep maudlin territory, but it doesn't. Instead, the thread of other stories, all revolving around an effort to fill mobster Lewis' pool in the middle of a drought, balance each other out to lend a sense of lightness and humor to the enterprise.

It's a fun film to watch. Unlike other reviewers, I wasn't put off by Penn's or Downey's performances. I thought they were fine. In a movie such as this, you don't expect slavish adherence to some 'truth' as you might demand from a factual work. The movie is more of a flight of fancy, and it's enjoyable as such.

Another thing to comment on is the wonderful cinemaphotography. The lush, vibrant colors go well with the over-all tone of the movie.

Recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Despite a lack of some conventional plot elements, the cast of this film is remarkably charming, quirky, and enjoyable. The characters are quite memorable, and the nudity referenced in another review is actually rather discreet. Quite possibly Malcom McDowell's most endearing performance to date. Patrick Dempsey is lovable as a Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer, and Alyssa Milano is charming as the gal-in-need-of-a-break, Hugo. Quite the sleeper. END
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on January 6, 2004
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie when it was on cable and since my eyes (among other things) perk up when I see the lovely and much underrated Alyssa Milano, I purchased the DVD recently.
As a movie, it has its charms, although practically all the actors should be wearing "contractual obligation" t-shirts because their efforts and expressions fairly shout out "I can't believe I'm doing this either".
Where to begin? Well, Alyssa Milano shines in this movie, it is hers and her mere presence elevates every scene she is in. Cathy Moriarty does well as her mother and deserves more screen time.
Malcolm Mc Dowell does a passable job in the cartoonishly irresponsible and drug addled role of the father. It's all downhill from there, except for Patrick Dempsey in what is essentially an non-speaking role. I've always liked his work.
I would say that Sean Penn is woefully miscast and under used in his role, evoking memories of "Rain Man" as a character of no fixed purpose except to give Hugo's Father someone to talk to on the journey to get some water from the Colorado River. OH! and the blue shoes, mustn't forget them. Robert Downey Jr. Appears to have gone the method route as a completely insane and one must assume drug addicted Hollywood director. His performance might be easier to watch if it were not for his recent troubles making one think his performance is a "little too good".
Richard Lewis essentially plays himself, neuroses and all, except for being a feared mobster whose request for water to fill his 5,000 gallon pool during a drought drives the subplot containing Penn and McDowell. There are scattered colorful characters here and there that Hugo encounters on the course of her busy day that provide amusement.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Mills on November 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This video is quite good, even for us strange movie lovers. I love Alyssa Milano, and she does some of her best acting as Hugo. The strangest part of the film, is the part with Sean Penn, which to this date, I still have no idea why he was even in it. Why in the world would someone be drawing water, for a pool, from a lake?? The ending was not what I expected, but do give this movie a try. It'll be worth it!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1998
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In spite of little tension in the plot(?) and unbelievably quirky characters, this film is fairly original and interesting. It has some amusing sub-themes, e.g. "walking", that play out in various forms. Milano as Hugo is charming, while the supporting cast of characters is likable in spite of their faults. The result lends an unlikely measure of hope to a world depicted as hopelessly inept.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AyJay on February 27, 2002
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"Hugo Pool" is a comedy/drama with a addictive quality. On first viewing it seems uneven and uninteresting, but a balanced and talented cast help you climb inside the characters heads. The film follows a day in the life of pool cleaner Hugo. She has 40 clients -including a mob boss who doesn't want disapointing - and one pair of hands. So she asks her gambling mother and father to help her through the day. All in all "Hugo Pool" is a cleverly written and enjoyable film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2000
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Overall I found this to be a very strange movie. One shining aspect of it was the relationship that Alyssa Milano's character tried to develop with Patrick Dempsey's character. I found that part of it very touching, but the rest of the movie rather disjointed. I rented this specifically to see Robert Downey Jr. He certainly is an extremely talented and gifted actor, but what I saw was certainly not what I expected. It seemed that this movie was obviously trying to hard to be quirky.
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