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November 26, 2017
Forget Bad Santa (well, maybe not entirely) The Ice Harvest is my go-to dark comedy for the Christmas season. The late, great Harold Ramis directs the crap out of this one, really bringing the edgy as well as the funny and the final product is one of his best films in terms of maturity and hilarity. John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton playoff each other beautifully, just like they did in Pushing Tin and their onscreen chemistry has only gotten stronger. Also, as an added bonus, I hate Connie Nielsen with a passion but she failed to ruin this one for me.
Super Reviewer
November 14, 2017
Unfairly maligned. I think it's an effective noir . . . one that's more driven by bleak depression more than uproarious black comedy. This is just the perfect role for Cusack.
July 11, 2016
Not enough dark, not enough comedy, not enough mystery. C-
½ December 7, 2015
Larceny, lust and lethal behavior. In icebound Wichita, Kansas, it's Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club. Charlie hopes to slip out of town with Renata. But as daylight fades and an ice storm whirls, everyone from Charlie's drinking buddy Pete Van Heuten to the local police begin to wonder just what exactly is in Charlie's Christmas stocking - and the 12 hours of Christmas Eve are filled with surprises. [IMDb]

Having read the masterful novel this movie is based on, prior to watching this, I'd say that this is a worthy adaptation. R.I.P Harold Ramis, you did good here. The Ice Harvest is an underrated little crime comedy and one of Cusack's better performances in the 2000's. It's obvious that Billy Bob Thornton is great in this, he can play any role perfectly. Connie Nielsen surprised me here because she is such a dangerously hot vixen in this and it's hard not to stare. It's weird to see her in a role like this but she nails it. Oliver Platt, on the other hand, ehh. He has some good scenes throughout but he stumbles here and there in the first half and it's off-putting.

Scott Phillips is the man; a great author who knows how to construct clever stories. Richard Russo and Robert Benton adapted his novel into a pretty wicked script. The introduction of the film hooks you in but then, the first half is dull and almost sinks the ship. However, I come back to this movie every winter because of the last half. I really enjoy how things play out and the ending is great. It more than makes up for the first half and has a wild climax. Also, I find Oliver Platt likable in the final half, way more than the first, that's for sure. The bleak and pitch black humor helps the film out a lot too. It would be forgettable if it wasn't for that smart addition.

Anyways, if you're looking for something to do on an overcast winter day, I suggest giving this a watch. It's not an amazing film but it's solid and definitely underrated. The acting is great, the script has it's clever moments and the last half is a blast. The Ice Harvest is a fun and criminally under-seen flick with a wintry heart. Check it out!

P.S. As Wichita falls, so falls Wichita Falls.
½ August 22, 2015
Dark comedy/thriller with good performances and an underrated script.....a fine watch.
½ July 12, 2015
This is a dark comedy with John Cusack as a bumbling mob attorney looking to rip off his employer so he can blow the town of Wichita Falls, Kansas. He comes up with the plan, pulls the heist, then has to share the rewards with a cohort he talked the plan over with. The comedy comes in by their trying to get out of town before being caught. Well acted. Decent story. Give it a shot.
April 15, 2015
This tries to be as clever,charming,and darkly funny as Fargo but it instead its boring and lame. Billy Bob Thorton and John Cusack try to have the same odd ball chemistry as Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. did in a different movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but they failed because like this movie they're chemistry it was frozen stiff.
Super Reviewer
½ March 14, 2015
When two low level mafia members are frustrated with their roles, they come up with a plan to steal two million dollars from their boss. Everything goes off without a hitch, and now, they just have to wait one night before they can get out of town and move on to a new life, but things are never that simple. The Ice Harvest was an interesting film, with a great cast, and had they been able to pull off what they were attempting to do, it would have been a classic. Producers decided to make this film a modern day, 1930's type noir film, but at the same time, they wanted to mock how cheesy and over the top these films could be. It was a great idea, but it didn't work because the mocking wasn't subtle. In fact, the film takes it so far, that it becomes exactly what they were trying to make fun of in the first place. John Cusack stars and he can make any film better. This guy can play anyone and is always amazing, I just can't understand why he doesn't take on bigger roles. Here he's paired with Billy Bob Thornton, who under the right circumstances, can be hilarious. While he was pretty funny, he has almost no chemistry with Cusack and that hurt the film. These guys were partners, but on completely opposite pages and it just doesn't work. The Ice Harvest was an interesting story and I wish they had been able to pull off what they were attempting to do, but very quickly the film becomes a farce of itself, brutally predictable, and simply a waste of time.
December 17, 2014
A fun Christmas neo-noir which I feel is underrated.
½ December 16, 2014
Entertaining and solidly cast, but could be much funnier if it weren't going too violent and dark for its own good.
½ June 11, 2014
You'd never guess this movie was directed by Harold Ramis as it's nowhere near the quality of some of his classics...however, it's still got a strong cast in Cusack, Billy Bob, Randy Quaid, Oliver Platt, and Connie Nielsen. The dialogue is kind of lacking but it's still not horrible. Not great, but not horrible is about where this movie falls. No idea how it go into the Queue, but it was decent.
½ March 24, 2014
I thought this was very enjoyable. Good cast and unique small town story.
½ March 15, 2014
Not Ramis's finest hour. Nothing about this movie is really that interesting, and the loose story really suffers from writing that believes it's much more well-devised than it really is. Too bad this movie didn't have even one character who was worth rooting for.
½ February 27, 2014
cusack does his best to carry this, but it ends up just feeling like it's trying to be Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
½ December 25, 2013
It's a Coen Brothers knockoff, but a good one. It's also a great anti-Christmas movie
December 19, 2013
I loved this movie. It all takes place on Christmas night and gives us one hell of a heist aftermath. It doesn't sell out and give away everything about itself. It makes you pay attention to find things out like; who there people are, what they are up to, and what they have done. Really funny and very dark. Pretty much no one in this film is worth a damn in the end. Call it the Pulp Fiction during Christmas.
½ December 7, 2013
I enjoyed the film a lot. A good holiday watch. Classic Cusack.
November 20, 2013
Anyone know anything about this movie? Good?
½ November 2, 2013
"The Ice Harvest," was not awful, but it could have been so much more. It has a few enjoyable moments, but an overall lack of interest in the main characters leaves viewers not caring what happens in the end. The film could have used more comedic moments. It appeared to stumble and have a difficult time finding a good balance between dark humor and drama. Definitely not all it could have been. This film is not a complete waste of time, but spending that hour and a half some other way might not be a bad idea.
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