Mr. Popper was in the snow long before he had Penguins to worry about on the big screen. Comedy and Film legend Jim Carrey, was in the snow having a “Club Med Experience” back in the 80s even before his famous Aspen funny movie, Dumb and Dumber. Now, I don’t want to confuse you making it seem like I’m talking about the alternative snow. No, I am referring to the stuff Mother Nature so lovingly sprinkles upon our mountains and that we love so much.
In 1983, Jim Carrey starred opposite Alan Thicke (yes, that’s the dad from Growing Pains) in a Canadian produced ski movie called, Copper Mountain: A Club Med Experience. This “classic” ski movie, filmed at Copper Mountain in Colorado, is unknown to many. Heck, the way I found out about it was after a friend gave me the DVD she randomly snatched up at a grocery store.
Simply put, “Two friends travel to a ski resort, with one looking to hit the slopes, while the other spends time trying to pick up women.” Even though that sounds like a very good premise for a ski movie (Sex, Skiing, Snowboarding – all these words begin with a common letter and usually make up a good ski movie) I’m here to let you know at best, it’s a strange and interesting watch.
On the cover of the DVD packaging it reads, “Jim Carrey in one of his first and funniest films, running riot on the Colorado slopes.” Well, I wouldn’t say it’s the funniest however I was amused watching Jim trying to conquer his bad skiing abilities as well as some of his famous old impressions like Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. (side note: Alan Thicke can tackle the hill in this movie).
Coper Mountain also delivers some prime musical entertainment from Rita Coolidge and Ronnie Hawkins, and there’s an appearance by French Olympic Alpine Gold Medalist, Jean-Claude Killy. Sometimes the music acts drag on too long, almost seeming as if it’s a concert movie, not a ski movie. Regardless, Copper Mountain is an amazing Jim Carrey movie time capsule. Oh, and a ski movie time capsule too.
You can get the 2004 released DVD of Copper Mountain to add it to your already stellar collection at Amazon.
And did I hear you say you wanted to see the official Copper Mountain trailer? Well, it’s below!