Hugo Pool (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hugo Pool (1997)



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Pretty Hugo Dugay (Alyssa Milano) makes a living cleaning Los Angeles swimming pools. One day she finds herself overwhelmed by the prospect of having to clean 44 pools in a single day. Due to a severe, long-term drought, she is unable to refill the pools with tap-water and so devises a complicated scheme in which to both get water and complete her monumental task. First she enlists the aid of her ditzy parents, both of whom would benefit from the work. Hugo's mother Minerva (Cathy Moriarty) is a compulsive gambler faced with the odious prospect of sleeping with her bookie if she can't pay her debts. Her father (Malcolm McDowell) is a serious addict trying to kick all his bad habits at once. Hugo's biggest priority is to find enough water to fill the empty pool of the boorish, overbearing and impatient Chick Chicalini. To that end, Hugo sends her father to the Colorado river in an empty water truck. Along the way, he picks up a strange and perhaps angelic hitchhiker (Sean Penn). Other key characters include -- a disgraced Hungarian filmmaker who is out on bail for shooting an extra for overacting, and an intriguingly handsome man in a wheelchair who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Downey Jr., Laura Ernst, Laura Downey, Robert Downey Sr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 1999
Wellspring Media Inc.


Alyssa Milano
as Hugo Dugay
Patrick Dempsey
as Floyd Galen
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
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
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

Laugh out loud hilarious...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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

This was an incredible story line for the interaction of Patrick Dempsey and Alyssa Milano's characters. The other rediculous characters such as Robert Downey, Jr.'s character and a few others could have been left out. Patrick's portrayal of an ALS victim, Lou Garrig's desease, was phenomenal. Very few actors can portray an ALS victim as well.

Christy H

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