Film: Aspen Extreme

Aspen Extreme is a 1993 comedy/drama film about two friends from Detroit who move to Aspen, Colorado to live out their dreams of becoming professional ski instructors. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics and only did mediocre from the box office, it is almost universally praised for its ski scenes.

This series contains examples of

  • Berserk Button: Franz taunts TJ about Dexter's death near the end of the film. Big mistake.
  • Betty and Veronica: Robin and Bryce.
  • Butt Monkey: Dexter, who just can't seem to catch a break.
  • Cool House: TJ and Dexter take up residence in an old railroad caboose outside of town.
  • Death Seeker: TJ shows signs of this after Dexter's death, the most blatant example being the scene where he skis down a frozen waterfall simply because he can.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: TJ after Dexter dies.
  • Drugs Are Bad: After Dexter and TJ's split, Dexter develops a drug habit that involves him sniffing a white powder. It's unknown whether it's cocaine or heroin.
    • Probably heroin; it's unlikely that Dexter is rich enough to support a cocaine habit.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Robin treating TJ after he suffers a head injury during a skiing accident seems to kick start their relationship.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: The French restaurant that TJ and Dexter visit comes complete with a snooty waiter.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Robin, who is by far the most sympathetic character in the movie.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: TJ and Dexter.
  • Jerk Jock: Franz.
  • Mood Whiplash: The first half of the film feels almost like a 1980s ski comedy, the second half of the film gets a lot darker and melodramatic.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: TJ and Dexter go through one of these in the film's final act.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Theirs is to become ski pros.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: TJ and Bryce have one early in the film.
  • The Vamp: Bryce.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Robin gives one of these to Dexter after he becomes a drug addict and breaks off his friendship with TJ.