Hugo Pool (1997)
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Cult figure Robert Downey, Sr. directed this offbeat comedy set in the eccentric environs of Los Angeles. Hugo Dugay (Alyssa Milano) is a young woman who makes her living cleaning swimming pools when she isn't busy looking after her mother Minerva (Cathy Moriarty), who's hooked on gambling, and her father Henry (Malcolm McDowell), who's hooked on alcohol and a number of drugs. One day, Hugo finds herself with over 40 pools to look after, complicated by the fact that L.A. is in the midst of a
Dec 12, 1997 Wide
Sep 28, 1999
Wellspring Media Inc.
I groaned my way through this black -- and blue -- romantic comedy and then decided I liked it.
It's as if Downey Sr.'s irreverence and off-the-wall humor couldn't quite co-exist with the heartfelt tribute he intends to make here to his wife and her fellow Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis sufferers.
Hugo Pool, the first film in six years from former counterculture director Robert Downey sets new standards in wacko charmlessness.
The best thing about this bizarre love story (follie de grandeur) between a female pool cleaner and immobile man in wheelchair is that it puts icon Robert Downey behind the camera after long absence; with some luck Patrick Dempsey should become a lead man
Like David Mamet and relative newcomer Quentin Tarantino, Downey writes some of the best dialogue around, and his script sparkles with it.
A sweet, winning diversion that meanders enjoyably on the strength of its laid-back charm.
What a mess.
Interesting -- but not riveting -- slice of life in Southern California.
Hugo Pool features an impressive collection of talent, including two of the best actors of their generation -- Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. Sadly, their talents are wasted in this muddled mix of romance and attempted satire.
Downey tries to re-create the loopy irreverence of Putney Swope in a '90s setting -- with little success.
The picture features a choice ensemble of actors who are starved by the lack of a nourishing script and whose improvised quips and sallies fall far short of hilarity.
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