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4.18

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Average: 9.09%
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Cold Comfort
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by Chris Parry

"A little weak in spots, but mostly a total surprise."
4 stars

A yuppie salesman hits a small Manitoba town on a nasty winter’s night. When he skids off the road and crashes into a tree, a weird rural Canadian tow truck driver happens across him and drags his half-dead carcass home, nurses him to health and introduces him to his tasty daughter. That’s the good news. The bad news is these two are nutso like Dahmer.

Maury Chaykin has spent his life playing character roles and sidekicks, so when the chance comes along for him to grab a little limelight, you can guarantee he’s going to take it with both hands. That’s the case in Cold Comfort, a Canadian quirky thriller that will have you scared, yet turn on, both at the same time. Paul Gross is our yuppie hero, and while he probably would have given Maury’s daughter one and left in a hurry had he been healthy, he starts to worry when he begins to realize that his being brought to the lonely snowbound house wasn’t so much as a patient, but more as a present.

Now, I’m all for nailing the farmer’s daughter (or tow truck driver’s daughter as the case may be), but when daddy’s sitting there drinking vodka and cheering me on while his 15-year-old daughter performs a striptease… well, let’s just say performance anxiety might be an issue. So might be the shotgun that daddy seems to be waving around threateningly. Then there’s the chain on my leg…

If it all sounds a little like Stephen King’s Misery then I’ve conveyed things pretty well. The exception here is that, unlike in Misery, this situation will leave many males in the audience torn over whether they themselves, in the same situation, would stay or go. I mean, heck, the daughter really is a cutie… but her pop is a freak of nature… decisions, decisions…

Certainly produced on a low budget, Cold Comfort manages to impress regardless by conjuring a claustrophobic feel and conflicting emotions in the audience. From minute to minute this film changes gears rapidly, leading you to wonder if maybe everything will be okay after all, before ripping the carpet out from under you in a flash.

Margaret Langrick, playing the coquettish yet thickheaded daughter, is a total revelation. When she wants to be, Langrick seems mature beyond her years, but seconds later she seems like a 15-year-old with the brain of a goldfish. Like the film itself, you never quite know how to read her – is she insano in the braino or is she just naïve and lonely?

Great film, great performances, a real surprise in every respect. Rent this one.

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originally posted: 11/25/02 12:02:02
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User Comments

5/24/07 Jeff Anderson An absolute creepy surprise & better than MISERY. Chaykin's great & Langrick's a true find! 5 stars
4/08/03 Dark Barøn This movie got me depressed as hell... 3 stars
2/07/03 Karen Thimot Totally Creepy!!!! No easy to watch, but you just have to look! Very isolated feeling too.. 4 stars
11/29/02 Roy Smith I love this movie! Go find it now! Don't wait, go now! 5 stars
11/25/02 Buddha Great fun, very dark plot twists. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Feb-1989 (R)

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  02-Feb-1990 (MA)




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