Aspen Extreme

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Amidst breathtaking scenes of snow covered mountains and artistic shots of downhill skiing, the story of T.J. Burke (Paul Gross) and Dexter Rutecki (Peter Berg) unfolds. Tired of their existence in Detroit, these two young men head for Aspen, Colorado, to try their hand as ski instructors. Handsome and talented T.J. is an instant success, but the less attractive Dexter ends up as a children's instructor. T.J. is attracted to the local radio station DJ, Robin Hand (Teri Polo), and it looks like they will become fast friends. But along comes wealthy Bryce Kellogg (Finola Hughes) who lures him away" at least for awhile. T.J. and Dexter are determined to win the big Powder Eight race and practice diligently, but a massive avalanche unexpectedly changes their future forever. T.J's interest both in Bryce and Robin adds tension and drama to the story, and the colorful shots of skiers slicing down pristine slopes will enthrall viewers. The term "extreme" in the title refers to the difficult feats which the skiers perform, and the title is definitely appropriate.

The producers of ASPEN EXTREME apparently tried to soften the impact of the film's offensive elements. T.J. gets caught up in an affair with the seductive Bryce Kellogg, but only one brief bedroom view with no nudity is included. Sex is subtly implied on other occasions, but the actual encounter is not shown. Robin notes that ski instructors are known for their promiscuous lifestyle, but T.J.'s affair is not glamorized and ends in heartache. Also, Dexter tries a foray into drug dealing which causes him much anxiety and pain, but this doesn't keep him from trying a few snorts on his own. The loyalty and camaraderie shared by the two men is inspiring, and T.J. sacrificially helps the less able Dexter on several occasions. Both men, however, are confirmed drinkers and, like other characters in the story, occasionally indulge in obscenities, profanity and suggestive quips. ASPEN EXTREME is another enjoyable film which is spoiled by the ever-present foul and suggestive language.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Buena Vista Distribution Co., 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (8) times - Mild 4, Moderate 4.

Obscene Language: Many (10) times (s-word 7, f-word 1, other 2)

Profanity: Several (5) Times-Regular 3 (C,J); Exclamatory 2

Violence: Few times - Moderate (fist fight, striking man, skier falls into cavernous water hole, man caught in avalanche)

Sex: Implied few times (One brief bedroom scene, no nudity)

Nudity: Few times - Rear male (in shower and on road)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (crude references to girls' posterior, intercourse and genitals; suggestive blouse)

Drugs: Several times (whiskey and beer drinking; sniff drugs once)

Other: None

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