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‘Aspen Extreme’

By Hal Hinson
Washington Post Staff Writer
January 25, 1993


Patrick Hasburgh
Paul Gross;
Peter Berg;
Finola Hughes;
Teri Polo;
William Russ
Children under 13 should be accompanied by a parent

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I went to "Aspen Extreme" -- a movie about two working-class Detroit youths who escape from their nowhere lives for a wild season as ski instructors among the rich and vulgar in Aspen, Colo. -- hoping that it might be a rad surf movie on skis. Instead, it was something that rhymes with rad.


The two young men are sort of an "Of Mice and Men" pair. T.J. (Paul Gross) is a hunk who wants to be a writer, and Dexter (Peter Berg) ... well, he's lucky if he has enough mental capital to buy a clue. This writer thing (plus his flashing ivorys) make T.J. very popular with the women who come to this snowy Eden not just for the skiing, but to have their vacation fantasies fulfilled. One even helps him check out a load of library books. To each his own, I guess.

There's a lot of ski footage here, but most of it is pretty standard beer commercial stuff. And the characters are on about the same level. Writer-director Patrick Hasburgh may know something about skiing, but he knows nothing about people. Or storytelling. Or filmmaking.

© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company

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