Puddle Cruiser

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Puddle Cruiser
DVD cover.
Directed byJay Chandrasekhar
Produced byRichard Perello
Written byBroken Lizard
StarringJay Chandrasekhar
Kevin Heffernan
Steve Lemme
Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
Music byJim Kremens
CinematographyTony Foresta
Edited byJay Chandrasekhar
Kevin Heffernan
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
Running time
102 min
CountryUnited States
Budget$160,000 USD

Puddle Cruiser is a 1996 comedy film, the first full-length film created by the Broken Lizard comedy group. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie was filmed entirely on the campus of Colgate University. It was released on DVD in December 2005; the disc also features a 17-minute documentary called Rodeo Clowns on the marketing of Puddle Cruiser and Super Troopers with free previews on college campuses and using specially-painted tour buses. The extras and actors are almost entirely friends, family and other alumni, due to the very budget of the film.


While breaking in to the Coburn University dining hall, college friends Felix, (Lemme), Matt (Soter), and Grogan (Heffernan) are discovered by campus police. Felix manages to escape, but Matt and Grogan are caught, and await a disciplinary trial. Felix meets Suzanne, the student lawyer assigned to his friend's case, and begins a casual relationship with her. Suzanne is still dating her boyfriend, Traci, who is a rugby player at another school. Suzanne attempts to hide her relationship with Felix from Traci, causing Felix to sleep with Jennifer, another student. Suzanne becomes angry with Felix for pursuing another woman, while he insists that she is hypocritical, as she is still dating Traci. Matt and Grogan inform Suzanne that Felix was with them on the night they were caught breaking into the dining hall, forcing her to resign from the case, causing a guilty verdict and a community service sentence. Suzanne breaks up with Traci, only to find that he is scheduled to play against the Coburn rugby team. Suzanne begs Felix not to play in the upcoming game for his own safety, but he insists on playing, only to be significantly injured by Traci. Suzanne attempts to have Felix removed from the game by reporting his crime to campus police, which results in a community service sentence as he recovers from his injuries. Felix and Traci admit that that love each other, as Felix begins carrying out his community service.



It won the 1996 Golden Starfish Award at the 1996 Hamptons International Film Festival where it received a positive review from Variety (magazine) [1] and split the award with Matt Mahurin's Mugshot [2].


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