Writers: Jill Sprecher, Karen Sprecher
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, Lea Thompson,
and David Harbour
Ice is a cousin to films like Fargo and Blood
Simple. Not as deep, but a fun easy-on-the-cerebellum watching
experience is to be had.
goes….Insurance salesman Mickey (Greg Kinnear)
is out and about conniving his way into signing people up for
policies they don’t need, or coverage that’s well
beyond what’s called for.
trouble starts when he meets a drunken bimbo-esque lady in the
bar where he’s attending a sales convention.
judgment starts to take root like an ivy on brick, and he’s
is off on the writers' wild ride of missteps and wrong decisions.
the next few weeks, Mickey will meet a few odd folks don’t
ya know. There’s a loose canon locksmith (Billy Crudup),
a newly sandbagged sales agent (David Harbour) he snags away from
a big competitor (which is good news because his marriage and
business are skating on thin ice…harharhar). He'll meet
an old fumbling foreign guy (Alan Arkin) and his dog. Plus a handful
more of those slower characters that wander around cold landscapes
when devious deceptions are circling as buzzards might over fresh
Ice's story unfolds at a nice pace (good direction) and you
may be one of the many viewers that gets where it’s going
within about ten minutes; again we’ve now seen these sorts
of characters and most will see the curves in the road coming;
almost with yellow warning signs a few times...
the acting is superb, and it’s fun to see how avenues meet
and divide, until the plot meets the intersection and we are let
in on the going ons. The
cast is excellent. Alan Arkin for one thing is in the frames -
with an accent to boot… ‘nough said? But wait there’s
more! He's acting up his usual quiet whirlwind around uber smoothy
Kinnear and then you get Billy Crudup, being a bad man, and Lea
Thompson and David Harbour added to the kettle.
this and have a popcorn-viewing that’s creepy enough to
keep you glued, and plain enough to make you feel real smart –
and thankful you are an honest person, unless you're not. Then
it's a real comedy ;)
recommendation: Popcorn and real organic butter with
air conditioning blasting so you get the ambience of the film's
Features: Behind the Scenes, Sundance Film Festival Premiere,
and Deleted Scenes