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The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (1988)

Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings ... See full summary »

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Dennis Jennings
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Dr. Schooner
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Emma
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Laughing Psychiatrist
Christopher Durang ...
Laughing Psychiatrist
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Lisa
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Bartender
Thomas Ikeda ...
Laughing Psychiatrist
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Newscaster
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Dr. Wilson
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Businessman
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Man on TV
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Repairman
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Woman on TV
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Businessman (as David Pierce)
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Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings of isolation, he begins seeing a psychiatrist, only to discover that the doctor is somewhat less than interested in what he has to say. After finding his doctor sharing his intimate secrets with a group of fellow psychiatrists at a bar, he then learns the doctor has a another more unprofessional involvement in his life. Written by J. L. Travers

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The movie features five actors that would appear in at least one Oliver Stone movie: Laurie Metcalf and Peter Maloney appeared in JFK (1991), David Hyde Pierce appeared in Nixon (1995), and Steven Wright and Joe Grifasi who had minor roles in Natural Born Killers (1994). See more »

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[first lines]
Dennis Jennings: What a day, huh?
Doorman: Now, hit the bricks, pal.
Dennis Jennings: Looks like it's raining.
Doorman: What do you want?
Dennis Jennings: I'm looking for Dr. Schooner.
Doorman: 2H.
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1988 Oscar for Best Comedy Short
20 June 1999 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Steven Wright is by far today's most underrated comic genius. He has defined his own genre of stand-up comedy with patented, dead-pan, juxtapositioned one-line observations. This comedy short provides him a vehicle to create sketches that explore this genre, with him starring as Dennis Jennings.

Dennis is a person of obvious low self-esteem, meandering through a rat-race life in New York. Wright glories in pointing out the intricate details of this life over the 30 minute short feature - focusing around his "appointments" with his therapist (Atkinson). You will need to watch it a few times to catch all of his subtle jabs at the everyday farces and absurdities in our lives. It's a 9 or 10.


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