Hugo Pool
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Cult figure Robert Downey, Sr. directed this offbeat comedy set in the eccentric environs of Los Angeles. Hugo Dugay (Alyssa Milano) is a young woman who makes her living cleaning swimming pools when she isn't busy looking after her mother Minerva (Cathy Moriarty), who's hooked on gambling, and her father Henry (Malcolm McDowell), who's hooked on alcohol and a number of drugs. One day, Hugo finds herself with over 40 pools to look after, complicated by the fact that L.A. is in the midst of a drought and she's forbidden to use city water lines to fill them. This is especially… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I groaned my way through this black -- and blue -- romantic comedy and then decided I liked it."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Hugo Pool, the first film in six years from former counterculture director Robert Downey sets new standards in wacko charmlessness."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A series of strenuously oddball vignettes masquerading as a movie."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Interesting -- but not riveting -- slice of life in Southern California."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"The picture features a choice ensemble of actors who are starved by the lack of a nourishing script and whose improvised quips and sallies fall far short of hilarity."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"It's as if Downey Sr.'s irreverence and off-the-wall humor couldn't quite co-exist with the heartfelt tribute he intends to make here to his wife and her fellow Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis sufferers."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The best thing about this bizarre love story (follie de grandeur) between a female pool cleaner and immobile man in wheelchair is that it puts icon Robert Downey behind the camera after long absence; with some luck Patrick Dempsey should become a lead man"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"What a mess."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Hugo Pool features an impressive collection of talent, including two of the best actors of their generation -- Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. Sadly, their talents are wasted in this muddled mix of romance and attempted satire."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Robert Downey Sr directs this overly self-consciously "wacky" day-in-the-life comedy. Unfortunately, even with plenty of talent attached, the film goes nowhere."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"A sweet, winning diversion that meanders enjoyably on the strength of its laid-back charm."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The audience seems limited to the director's inner circle."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"The bottom of the pool."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Downey tries to re-create the loopy irreverence of Putney Swope in a '90s setting -- with little success."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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