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Cast: Chace Crawford, Tyler Labine, Britt Irvin, Ben Cotton, Christine Willes, Paralee Cook
MOUNTAIN MEN follows two estranged brothers, Topher (Tyler Labine of “Deadbeat") and Cooper (Chace Crawford of “Gossip Girl”), as they journey to a remote family cabin in the mountains to evict a squatter. Buried resentment and bruised egos soon derail the plan and when the smoke clears they’ve destroyed their car and burned down the cabin, leaving them stranded in the cold Rocky Mountain winter. With their very survival at stake, they must learn to work together as brothers to get back to civilization.
Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine star as Cooper and Topher, two brothers who haven't seen each other in awhile because Cooper lives in New York and Topher is stuck living in their cold hometown with their mom and his now pregnant girlfriend. When Cooper flies in for their mom's wedding, it is the perfect opportunity for the two brothers to bound a little, Topher thinks so at least. So he tells Cooper there is a squatter up at the family cabin in order to get Cooper to travel up with him. But things quickly go bad when Cooper's idea of starting a fire under the truck to bring the dead battery back to life not only burns the truck but also burns down the cabin as well. Stuck out in the icy and frigid temperatures with no help coming for at least a few days the brothers decide to walk through the deep snow and below zero temps in order to get back to civilization but they not only have the weather to battle they also have each other.
"Mountain Men" started off the way I expected but as the film moved along, it became a much different film than I thought it would be in but in a good way. Credit for that must go to Writer/Director, Cameron Labine who made the film much more than just a comedy. I expected an all out laugh fest about two brothers lost in the wilderness which I got to a certain extend but the film is more a family drama about two brothers who are trying to reconnect and work out their differences. Getting stranded in the wilderness made for the perfect opportunity to do so.
The entire cast did a great job playing their roles but the film clearly belongs to Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine who play off each other perfectly. Chace's Cooper is the perfect opposite to Labine's slacker Topher. But as I said before there is more to the film than comedy and one of those is the beautiful great outdoors which plays like another character in the film. The scenery is simply beautiful to look at.
"Mountain Men" contains lots of adult language so it is not a film for kids but for adults it is a very good comedy with plenty of family drama and it even provides a few lessons in life. A highly enjoyable film that I recommend checking out. The film is in Theaters and on VOD now so be sure to check it out.
Released by Level 33 Entertainment
*** 3/4 Out Of *****