Out Cold parents guide

Out Cold Parent Guide

Overall D+

Release date November 21, 2001

Violence C+
Sexual Content D
Profanity D-
Substance Use D-

Why is Out Cold rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Out Cold PG-13

Run Time: 90 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Out Cold (2001) - Official siteOut Cold may be billed as the perfect panacea for avid snowboarders awaiting a weekend getaway but producers must’ve done some fancy carving to get this movie a PG-13 rating. By only the skimpiest margins (which also describes the attire worn in this film by former Playboy Bunny, Victoria Silvstedt), under-aged boarders can now get in on the action at Bull Mountain.

Out Cold (2001) - Official site Rick (Jason London) and his carefree buddies (Flex Alexander, Zach Galifianakis, Derek Hamilton) are employees at the Alaskan ski hill where a statue of the resort’s founding father, Papa Muntz, stands in the village square (exposing his bare bronzed buttocks). While most of their time is spent boozing and boarding, they are anxious for some sexual diversions. But girls are a rarity in this frozen outback until the resort’s owner (Willie Garson) starts negotiating a sale with Colorado business tycoon, Jack Majors (Lee Majors). The arrival of Majors’ daughters (Silvstedt and Caroline Dhavernas) causes a stir among the boys especially when one of them turns out to be Rick’s former girlfriend.

However, things go awry for the local teen staff members and ski instructor Jenny (A.J. Cook) when the prospective buyer begins a slick, full-scale renovation aimed at bringing in the rich and pampered.

Out Cold (2001) - Official siteWhile Out Cold spotlights some amazing scenes on the pristine powder by real life experts like Rob “Sluggo” Boyce and Rio Tahara, the content pollutes the story line before it even gets off the bunny hill. These boys regularly imbibe in the bar and on the slopes, and dabble in illegal drug use. Another character drinks himself into a nightly stupor. Besides the statue, there are plenty of other naked behinds and minimally covered cleavage throughout the film, including some back and limited side nudity. Numerous uses of crude sexual terms, lewd exchanges in a lesbian chat room, a homosexual confession, and the portrayal of a couple engaged in sex (no nudity shown) will also present concerns.

In the end, even snowboarding enthusiasts will likely give this film the cold shoulder for family entertainment.

Starring Lee Majors. Running time: 90 minutes. Theatrical release November 21, 2001. Updated

Out Cold
Rating & Content Info

Why is Out Cold rated PG-13? Out Cold is rated PG-13 by the MPAA

Overall: D+

Even the good intentions of Bull Mountain’s local staff to maintain their ski resort can’t compensate for this film’s high sexual content, unrestrained alcohol consumption, illegal drug use, and endorsement of reckless behavior.

Violence: C+

Numerous depictions of snowboarders falling, crashing, and tumbling throughout the movie, as well as engaging in reckless behavior. Scuffles, snowball throwing and fistfights are common, and a hand is stabbed with a hunting knife. Negligent behavior (such as characters left in freezing temperatures) as well as violent antics and suggestions are used for humor, sometimes resulting in property damage.

Sexual Content: D

Repeated conversations and shots of naked buttocks (bronzed and real) throughout film. Constant sexual banter and innuendo, discussion of sexual encounters and conquests, as well as seductive and suggestive body motions. Sexually transmitted disease and condoms mentioned. Man’s crotch licked by bear (no nudity shown). Female characters shown in tight fitting clothes, bras, skimpy bikinis with partially exposed breasts, or with bare chests (back and side nudity shown). Two characters are shown disrobing (back and some side nudity shown). Sexual relations implied, including passionate encounters and verbal invitations. Man’s genitals caught in hot tub jet. Homosexual confession and suggestive lesbian comments are included.

Language: D-

Includes numerous incidents of name calling, at least 23 moderate profanities, 30 mild profanities, 14 terms of Deity used as expletives, 2 sexual hand gestures, 8 slang terms for sexual anatomy, and 6 crude terms for sex. In addition, there are various terms throughout the movie used with double meanings for sex or sexual anatomy, and a sexual comment written on vehicle.

Alcohol / Drug Use: D

Numerous scenes depict characters snowboarding while/after consuming alcohol. Throughout film, alcohol is also consumed (including by teen-aged characters) during all activities, in bars, and at social occasions. Several instances where alcohol is used in excess to drown heartbreak or emotional stress. Character takes several pills after waking from night of drinking. Man drinks rubbing alcohol. Characters comment on drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs. Drug use both implied and admitted to. Characters subjected to drug test. Injured man given medication. Man smokes cigar.


Several scenes include references or depictions of flatulence. Human defecation, a substance blown out of a character’s nose, and a hit to the groin are also depicted.


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Out Cold Parents' Guide

Snowboarding includes some inherent risks as demonstrated in the film’s bloopers. How does the use of drugs or alcohol increase those risks not only to the snowboarder but also to others on the mountain? What are other dangers associated with drinking and boarding?

One character in the film hasn’t mastered the art of snowboarding. How does he compensate for his failures? How do the others help and encourage him? What are ways you can positively help someone who is learning a new skill?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Out Cold movie is May 21, 2002. Here are some details…

DVD Release Information:

  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.88:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Available subtitles: Spanish.
DVD Extras:
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Action montage
  • Deleted scenes

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If your family is anxious for a snowboarding experience, a better use of your entertainment dollars may be a video game. Check out our reviews of Cool Boarders and SSX for the PlayStation 2.