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Hugo Pool (1997)



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Pretty Hugo Dugay makes a living cleaning Los Angeles swimming pools. One day she finds herself scheduled to clean 44 pools in a single day. Due to a severe drought, she is unable to refill the pools with tap-water and so devises a complicated scheme to complete her monumental task.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Comedy , Romance
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Wellspring Media Inc.


Alyssa Milano
as Hugo Dugay
Patrick Dempsey
as Floyd Galen
Cathy Moriarty
as Minerva
Franz Mazur
as Robert Downey Jr.
Sean Penn
as Hitchhiker
Richard Lewis
as Chic Chicalini
Robert Downey Jr.
as Franz Mazur
Mark Boone Jr.
as Pool Supply Man
Brendan B. Dawson
as Man With Truck
Bert Remsen
as Sad Old Man
Kevin Dornan
as Bad Advice Father
Ann Magnuson
as Drowning Matron
Sean Glenn
as Andy
Jim Shield
as Lifeguard
Eddie Perez
as Gardener
Lora Gomez Eastwood
as Merengue Dancer
Pablo Ferro
as Merengue Dancer
Helen Hewitt Garb
as Merengue Dancer
Domingo Ambriz
as Spanish Husband
Paul Herman
as Rabbi
Joanne Dearing
as Extra's Mother
Michael Goldman
as Extra's Father
John Michael Bolger
as One Man Band
Aaron Cuhr
as Party Waiter
Jacob James Hanft
as Party Waiter
N. Dylan Pfeifer
as Party Waiter
Larry Kaplan
as Man at Track
Brian David Zola
as Guard at Track
Barbara Ligeti
as Radio Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Hugo Pool

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

I groaned my way through this black -- and blue -- romantic comedy and then decided I liked it.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A sweet, winning diversion that meanders enjoyably on the strength of its laid-back charm.

Full Review… | May 1, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Hugo Pool, the first film in six years from former counterculture director Robert Downey sets new standards in wacko charmlessness.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
Top Critic

The audience seems limited to the director's inner circle.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hugo Pool


Lots of fun. Conclusion: people with pools are a bit crazy. ALS victim's depiction very real (my mom had the Lou Gerig's disease, too) and I enjoyed all the various themes ahd characters. It would have been nice to have the option of "subtitles for the hearing impared" since Downey is sometimes difficult to understand!

Kathy Jeffers
Kathy Jeffers

It's Robert Downey Sr, therefore extremely quirky. It was a bit touching at the end however, all the moreso because his wife died from ALS.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Maybe it's because of a teen obsession with Alyssa Milano, but I enjoyed this movie back in the day. At a time when I was used to seeing formulaic garbage, this movie really took chances and was something different; something unique. Quirky is probably the best way to describe it, and the relationship between Milano's character and Dempsey's character really makes the movie. An Oscar-caliber film? No way. A good way to spend an evening and learn that all movies and not just recycled garbage from older movies? Certainly.

JJ Skittles
JJ Skittles

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