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Hugo Pool (1997)

Hugo Pool is a quirky tale of a Los Angeles pool cleaner who falls in love with a young man dying of Lou Gerhig's Disease.

Director:

Robert Downey Sr.

Writers:

Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey), Laura Ernst (as Laura Downey)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alyssa Milano ... Hugo
Mark Boone Junior ... Pool Supply Man
Malcolm McDowell ... Henry
Brendan Dawson Brendan Dawson ... Man with Truck (as Brendan B. Dawson)
Sean Penn ... Strange Hitchhiker
Robert Downey Jr. ... Franz
Cathy Moriarty ... Minerva
Patrick Dempsey ... Floyd
Sean Glenn Sean Glenn ... Andy
Bert Remsen ... Sad Old Man
Kevin Dornan Kevin Dornan ... Bad Advice Father
Michael Mazzola Michael Mazzola ... Kid
Richard Lewis ... Chick Chicalini
Chuck Barris ... Irwin
Jim Shield ... Lifeguard
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Hugo Pool is a quirky tale of a Los Angeles pool cleaner who falls in love with a young man dying of Lou Gerhig's Disease. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy with serious relief

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaude journée à L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,620, 14 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,620, 14 December 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Co-written by and dedicated to Robert Downey, Sr.'s second wife Laura Ernst, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the same disease the character Floyd Gaylen has in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the water truck comes around the corner the image is reversed. The driver is on the right side of the cab and the license plate is seen as if you were looking in a mirror. See more »

Quotes

Franz Mazur: I'm bewitch-ed by your momma... Let me lay some pipe in your madre!
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Beca Rado
Traditional Hungarian Folk Song
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23 September 1999 | by NewYorkLondonParisMunichSee all my reviews

I didn't know much about "Hugo Pool" when I rented it last night. It seemed to be about an interesting collection of quirky characters. What I found out is that it's a collection of quirky characters, all right, but interesting, they're not.

Here's the plot, such as it is. Alyssa Milano plays a pool cleaner. We follow her around for a day as she cleans a few pools and encounters quirky characters, some of whom are family members, others customers.

Ms. Milano is awful in the lead role. This is the caliber of acting you'd expect from the girl playing Laurie in the high school production of "Oklahoma". It's pretty much a one-note performance, as if she were told, "act impatient," so she responded by setting her jaw and stomping through the movie. Drive truck, pour chemicals, act impatient, encounter next customer, scold Mom, act impatient. No higher gear, no lower gear, just the one setting.

Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. are terrific actors. Something went wrong here, though. Mr. Downey does some sort of burned-out-Inspector-Clouseau routine, while Mr. Penn does some sort of grown-up-Jeff-Spicoli thing.

Whatever. At no time did I see any of these quirky characters as anything other than actors trying to act quirky.

And I kept thinking about the 44 pools Ms. Milano was supposed to clean in one day. Say 10 minutes per pool, and 10 minutes' drive between pools, and that's nearly a 15-hour day. And she kept saying she was running late. Would you want to have, say, pool #40, and have some bickering pool cleaners in your backyard at 10:00-11:00 at night?

And I got to thinking about the money. Mr. Downey's character was behind on payments, the numbers averaging out to $200 per month. Let's say there are only 44 customers, pools being cleaned once a day. So the pool cleaning company is grossing $105,600 per year. If there are 88 customers, pools being cleaned every other day, the company is grossing $211,200 per year. If pools are cleaned once a week, and the pool company works 5 days per week, the company is grossing over half a million a year.

I don't have a pool and have no idea how often pools are cleaned. But the point is, it was more interesting to sit and do the revenue calculations in my head than to watch the parade of actors acting quirky. Or badly acting.


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