An all-star cast in this hilarious off-beat comedy about a hapless married man (Dylan Walsh) with a dead-end life in the dead-end town. After he is encouraged by a stranger (Danny DeVito) he begins to dream again and muste... more »rs the nerve to take back his life and reinvigorate his town.« less
Nathan J. (N8) from LOS ANGELES, CA Reviewed on 4/24/2013...
Dylan Walsh leads this laid-back ensemble comedy with a "gosh, shucks ma'am" performance. It's a feel-good rom-com disguised as an indie film. DeVito, Hill, and Long all do what they do, as well as Melissa McCarthy who steals a few scenes. The flick contains neither twists nor turns but its sweet-natured, easy-going attitude will warm you all the way through if you let it.
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Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ Reviewed on 9/16/2010...
I am the kinda person who watches movies to the end and reads the credits. In the beginning I was actually tempted to turn this movie off and do something else. I am glad I didnt. Give the movie some time, it gets better. Danny Devito narrates this underdog story. It is great to see our main character finally grow up and fight back. He is very likable, and forgiving. I think even when his life was not going so well he was not really unhappy, he just thought this is the way life is, and he wasnt resentful. He never really knew he could have more in life. Then Danny Devito's characters challenges him to make his dreams come true.
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A good minimalist indie with a Big Fish ending...
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 06/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Customers have been wanting to see this title just for another glimpse into this Trona trend. The same named film of last year, along with several other forays into this desolate region have provided a nice realm for those minimalist fans.
Just Add Water has an outstanding supporting cast, but I would not recommend this film if one is looking for any significant screen time by Jonah Hill, Justin Long or Danny Devito. This is all about the Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) and Tracy Middendorf (lots of TV) love story. Hitchcock's (the Serenity doctor) well-played whacko cheating husband role, coupled with Penny Balfour's first notable (and excellent) screen time, makes this a film someone will want to see as these actors become more prevalent. Same to be said for Lucy Devito's role. The location is a character in itself with that miserable desolation and abandoned small town feel. It makes you never want to drive through that area, except maybe to see for one's self if it is that boarded up and bleak.
The story centers on a man living a mundane life with a wife that has serious "issues", as told to us by the movie's narrator (also Devito). His voice-over divulges little tidbits about our tale of deceit, love and thugs in a forgotten-about town in the desert. The believability of these characters and their miserable existence is sustainable (especially if one watches Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea - this movie reminded me of that docu several times). When we get to the end though, you cannot help but see a Big Fish fantasy resemblance (Devito, water) mixed with a bumbling mess of 1980s slapstick (the CPS workers in WWII nurse garb, the immensely overweight police showing up in modern paddy wagon, the constant pregnancy theme, etc.)
I would like to say this is worth the watch for a mainstream crowd, but I find it hard to pinpoint what audience they were trying to appease for this film. One can see Station Agent and Things That Hang from Trees style minimalism, but the whole ending action sequence is so haphazard, it really makes me believe that last part is a fantasy/dream the likes of Big Fish - but with bad special effects. Summarily, there are several laugh out loud moments, a prevalent theme of adults that never had a mature relationship, and a nicely provocative dance scene with the beautiful Italian-American actress Ms. Vincent - WOW. A bunch of these little things makes this a worthy watch for reasons and/or actors discussed, but that ending is what sticks with me as a deal-breaker for not being an outright must see indie film.
The turtle was pretty cool too."
F. Nicholson | 09/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A goofy movie about my hometown. While the landscape is fairly accurate from an outsiders point of view, there is more to Trona than the movie portrays. After all, who else can claim a dirt football field and golf course. And it was a great place to grow up in the 50's and 60's."
Subtly-nuanced, well-acted, quirky
J. Courtleigh | 06/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just Add Water is a moving, quirky, subtly-nuanced fable about suffering, love and redemption. Set in the belly of a culture that's been spiritually and environmentally devastated, enough becomes more than enough, and a small group of determined people decide to reclaim their lives, their homes and their land. Part comedy, part tragedy, part parable, this film is a mirror for our times. Beautifully acted. Artfully written and directed by Hart Bochner."
liz007 | 07/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"bob loblaw.this isn't really a deep movie.in a nutshell it's about reclaiming what is already yours.the reasons to watch it are it's wonderfully acted and weird and quirky in a funny, familiar way."