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Just Add Water (2008)

Danny DeVito , Jonah Hill , Hart Bochner  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny DeVito, Jonah Hill, Dylan Walsh, Justin Long, Anika Noni Rose
  • Directors: Hart Bochner
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00171PAO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A quirky independent film featuring some strong acting by an eclectic cast, Just Add Water captures the desolate spirit of a group of trailer park inhabitants who have little hope of ever escaping their mundane lives. Ray (Dylan Walsh, Nip/Tuck) works as a parking-lot attendant who, like many of the town's inhabitants, is at the mercy of the local babyfaced drug dealer Dirk (Will Rothhaar). Flush with money from his meth business, Dirk is now the town's primary landlord and he takes a no-holds barred attitude when it comes to collecting rent from tenants who barely have enough money to survive. Trapped in an apathetic marriage to the agoraphobic Charlene, Ray enjoys some normal moments with their teenage son Eddie (Jonah Hill, Superbad). Father and son also share an experience neither would want to be reminded of when Ray tries to help Eddie lose his virginity, something Eddie clearly has issues with. Directed and written by actor Hart Bochner, Just Add Water works as an intriguing dark comedy. The casting is spot-on, with a nice appearance by Danny DeVito as an would-be oilman who could make life for these people just a little easier. --Jae-Ha Kim

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An all-star cast delivers in this hilarious off-beat comedy about a hapless married man with a dead-end life in a dead-end town. After he is encouraged by a stranger, he begins to dream again and musters the nerve to take back his life and reinvigorate hi

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtly-nuanced, well-acted, quirky June 18, 2008
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Just Add Water is a moving, quirky, subtly-nuanced fable about suffering, love and redemption. Set in the belly of a culture that's been spiritually and environmentally devastated, enough becomes more than enough, and a small group of determined people decide to reclaim their lives, their homes and their land.
Part comedy, part tragedy, part parable, this film is a mirror for our times.
Beautifully acted. Artfully written and directed by Hart Bochner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good minimalist indie with a Big Fish ending... June 14, 2008
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Customers have been wanting to see this title just for another glimpse into this Trona trend. The same named film of last year, along with several other forays into this desolate region have provided a nice realm for those minimalist fans.

Just Add Water has an outstanding supporting cast, but I would not recommend this film if one is looking for any significant screen time by Jonah Hill, Justin Long or Danny Devito. This is all about the Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) and Tracy Middendorf (lots of TV) love story. Hitchcock's (the Serenity doctor) well-played whacko cheating husband role, coupled with Penny Balfour's first notable (and excellent) screen time, makes this a film someone will want to see as these actors become more prevalent. Same to be said for Lucy Devito's role. The location is a character in itself with that miserable desolation and abandoned small town feel. It makes you never want to drive through that area, except maybe to see for one's self if it is that boarded up and bleak.

The story centers on a man living a mundane life with a wife that has serious "issues", as told to us by the movie's narrator (also Devito). His voice-over divulges little tidbits about our tale of deceit, love and thugs in a forgotten-about town in the desert. The believability of these characters and their miserable existence is sustainable (especially if one watches Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea - this movie reminded me of that docu several times). When we get to the end though, you cannot help but see a Big Fish fantasy resemblance (Devito, water) mixed with a bumbling mess of 1980s slapstick (the CPS workers in WWII nurse garb, the immensely overweight police showing up in modern paddy wagon, the constant pregnancy theme, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Local citizens reclaim their town July 7, 2011
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I was born and raised in Trona, California. I remember when Trona was a booming town. The movie was done really well. It's got a great story line,a little quirky, with a great feel good ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hometown September 27, 2008
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A goofy movie about my hometown. While the landscape is fairly accurate from an outsiders point of view, there is more to Trona than the movie portrays. After all, who else can claim a dirt football field and golf course. And it was a great place to grow up in the 50's and 60's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BIG DREAMS June 20, 2012
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Ray (Dylan Walsh) is a parking lot attendant. He lives in the nearly deserted town of Trona, owned by a meth dealer named Dirk( Will Rothhaar) who bullies and extorts money. The rest of Ray's dysfunctional family includes his wife Charlene (Penny Balfour) who is afraid to leave the house, and his unlikeable son Eddie (Jonah Hill) a confused teen who winds up living with a black prostitute (Anika Noni Rose).

Ray likes the market girl Nora (Tracy Middendorf). She fears she is going to lose her store because of the opening of the Chevron station owned by Danny DeVito. One day, Ray and Danny team up and draw a line in the sand. There is a lot of odd ball type of action, although much of seemed to be odd just for the sake of being odd and not overly funny. There are some humorous scenes, although mostly it is either dark humor or that oddball kind of humor that characterizes indies. It is a good movie for those who like quirky humor. It is not overwhelmingly funny or deep, just cheap entertainment.

Parental Guide: rare F-Bomb, one brief sex scene, no nudity, sex talk, drug use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BIG DREAMS June 20, 2012
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Ray (Dylan Walsh) is a parking lot attendant. He lives in the nearly deserted town of Trona, owned by a meth dealer named Dirk( Will Rothhaar) who bullies and extorts money. The rest of Ray's dysfunctional family includes his wife Charlene (Penny Balfour) who is afraid to leave the house, and his unlikeable son Eddie (Jonah Hill) a confused teen who winds up living with a black prostitute (Anika Noni Rose).

Ray likes the market girl Nora (Tracy Middendorf). She fears she is going to lose her store because of the opening of the Chevron station owned by Danny DeVito. One day, Ray and Danny team up and draw a line in the sand. There is a lot of odd ball type of action, although much of seemed to be odd just for the sake of being odd and not overly funny. There are some humorous scenes, although mostly it is either dark humor or that oddball kind of humor that characterizes indies. It is a good movie for those who like quirky humor. It is not overwhelmingly funny or deep, just cheap entertainment.

Parental Guide: rare F-Bomb, one brief sex scene, no nudity, sex talk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a funny funny movie February 10, 2010
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If you know where Trona is, if you know where Ridgecrest is, if you know what the people are like there- this is a funny funny movie. Cute sweet story about a good guy (nice eye candy) and how he is pushed to stand up for himself and his love. Seriously, take it in the context it is filmed- where it is filmed and you'll be rolling.
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