Just Add Water (2007)





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Dylan Walsh, Danny DeVito, Jonah Hill, and Justin Long star in prolific actor-turned-writer/director Hart Bochner's quirky romantic comedy about the efforts of a simple blue collar worker to reconnect with his childhood love and finally clean up his crime infested California neighborhood. Ray Tuckby is a kind-hearted husband and father whose wife suffers from agoraphobia, and whose teenage son simply doesn't fit in socially. As if dealing with his stressful family issues isn't enough for Ray, his community has recently fallen prey to some intimidating drug dealers and a powerful real estate kingpin. Somewhere in the middle of dealing with all of life's little anxieties, however, the put upon Ray learns to reconnect with the power of his youthful dreams. Later, an unexpected encounter with an outside encourages Ray to take on the criminals that are making his life a living hell, and finally summon the courage to connect with pretty checkout girl Nora.
R (for language, some sexual content and drug material)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Bleeding Hart Films

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Dylan Walsh
as Ray Tuckby
Jonah Hill
as Eddie
Justin Long
as Spoonie
Anika Noni Rose
as R'Ch'lle
Brad Hunt
as Denny
Penny Balfour
as Charlene
John Balma
as Elmo
Lucy DeVito
as Wanda
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Critic Reviews for Just Add Water

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

Walsh nearly redeems the whole thing: His eyes flicker with an intelligence that isn't in the script, and he graces his character with layers of inner life in a film that coasts on surfaces.

March 27, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Whimsy and the macabre are the operating systems in Just Add Water, and they're not always complementary.

Full Review… | March 26, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Just Add Water

Are you kidding?! What a great movie that has fallen by the roadside. Hugely satirical characters with deadpan narrative, it tells the story of a guy with a dystopic blur of the American dream which begins to collapse. Danny Devito plays an inspirational magnate and suddenly the wheels are in motion for a revival. Set in a surrealistic, lazy southwestern tundra-town, this film is a portrait of secluded oddities. With a staggering protagonist melancholy like that of Lost In Translation and a barrage of devolutional characters in the vein of Idiocracy, this movie has the comedic awkwardness of Me, Myself and Irene wrapped in semiotic charm. The plainness of life is contrasted by remarkably accurate exaggerations, the morose bankruptcy of our character matched with a heartwarming revival. Definitely not hard to watch for lack of intrigue, the only reason I can see that this movie didn't do well is because it is emotionally inconsistent, both the humor and the feelings are effective but feel erratic, as if each takes away from the other and refuses to mesh. Not to say it wasn't thoroughly enjoyable if you can bear the eccentricity. Jonah Hill plays the son and the McPoyle brothers from Always Sunny are in it, in case you didn't have enough reasons to watch yet.

John McMonagle
John McMonagle

As a comedy, it doesn't quite make it... The story is alright, but the acting isn't great and it's pretty cheesy. There are some funny parts and was okay overall.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

Weird movie.

Yinalí Ríos
Yinalí Ríos

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