Picks and Pans Review: Ski Patrol
It won't make anyone forget Downhill Racer, but this ski movie is good-natured, picturesque and thoroughly pleasant.
The script could, without losing too much, be boiled down to "Show scenery," "Do a slapstick bit" and "Cut to stunt skiers." But the cast is likable and the film-loosely centered on a land developer's plot to take over a resort—has none of the smarmy overtones that marred the similar Hot Dog...The Movie 1984.
While Rose looks about 30, a bit advanced in age to play a happy-go-lucky ski bum, Nipar (formerly of TV's 21 Jump Street) is a charmer as the resort owner's niece. Corby Timbrook handles his handsome young villain-of-the-slopes role with aplomb; Paul Feig is resourceful as a lovable bumbler. The attractive cast also includes the monomial Polish actress Tess, as a ski-patrol exchange student, and Brittney Lewis, as a young woman so gorgeous that when she loses her contact lens, she is immediately surrounded by a crowd of gallant young men who want to help her find it.
T.K. (Doctor Detroit) Carter adds vigor with his musical numbers. Ray Walston, as Nipar's uncle, and Martin Mull, as the land developer, are welcome faces too.
The film's director, Richard Correll, is the son of Charles Correll, who played Andy in the old Amos 'n' Andy radio series. The younger Correll also acted on Leave It to Beaver as a boy and has written for Happy Days, among other TV jobs.
This is Correll's first feature-directing job, and he got an assist from the Utah ski resorts he used as locations and from second-unit director Lane Parrish, who handled the stunt-skiing scenes (and skied in them). If you're looking for 90 minutes of inoffensive diversion, here they are. (PG)
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