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The Jerky Boys (1995)

When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John G. Brennan ...
Himself / Frank 'Rubberneck' Rizzo (as Johnny Brennan)
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Kamal
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Ernie Lazarro
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Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico
Alan North ...
Micky Crump
Brad Sullivan ...
Detective Robert Worzic
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Brett Weir
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Mrs. B
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Tony Scarboni
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Geno
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Sonny
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Detective Connley
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Doorman
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Bouncer
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Roadie
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When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't long before Johnny and Kamal (the "Jerky Boys" of crank call fame) are wanted by the local mafia, the police, and their neighbor. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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They were just a couple of losers from Queens... until they dialed a wrong number and got the mob!

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3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Bromas pesadas  »

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$7,557,877 (USA)
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Trivia

The band whose stage is set up by the Jerky Boys is "Helmet". See more »

Goofs

When the mobster shoots the doorknob towards the end, neither the pulling of the trigger, the gunshot sounds, or the squibs sync with each other. See more »

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Kamal: [being possessed by Tarbash] Cab 1557, I want to speak to dispatch, please.
Woman on the Radio: Yeah, what do you want?
Kamal: [being possessed by Tarbash] I'm somewhere on Houston Street. How do I get back into Queens?
Woman on the Radio: What? You've been here for ten years, you idiot! You don't know how to get to Queens?
Kamal: [being possessed by Tarbash] Listen, some big guy come into my cab. He asked me to change the bill, I didn't. He took a big... hit me over the head. My teeth hurting, I cannot even remember...
[screaming]
Kamal: Help!
Woman on the Radio: Some guy hit ...
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After initial credits a scene is showed where Brett Weir's housed is being destroyed. See more »

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Dial a Jam
Performed by Coolio & 40 Thevz (as The 40 Thevz)
Written by Coolio (as Artis Ivey), Malieek Straughter, Henry Straughter, William Bronson,
Brian Dobbs, J.B. Moore, Robert Ford, Kurt Walker, Russell Simmons and Lawrence Smith
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
Contains a sample from "The Breaks"
Performed by Kurtis Blow
Written by J.B. Moore, Robert Ford, Kurtis Blow (as Kurt Walker), Russell Simmons and Lawrence Smith
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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Occasional laughs, but mostly a disappointing comedy starring a talented duo
5 June 2010 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Jerky Boys are a famous comedy duo known for making prank calls which have been recorded and released on albums. I knew about them by the time I first came across a copy of this film for rent at a video store recently, but didn't know they had their own movie until then. Released in 1995, long before I was old enough to watch R-rated movies, "The Jerky Boys" is a comedy starring the two prank callers, John G. Brennan and Kamal Ahmed. By the time I watched this, I had heard many of their recorded prank calls (it seems they were falsely credited for several of the ones I heard, but most of them really were from the duo), and thought they were generally funny, but since I was aware of this film's lack of popularity, I wasn't surprised by its overall mediocrity.

Johnny B. and Kamal are two "lowlifes from Queens" who have been making prank telephone calls since they were kids. John's mother warned the two of them what they would be like when they grew up if they didn't change their ways, and sure enough, they have since grown up and turned out to be exactly what she predicted, two unemployed idiots still living at home. Making prank calls is still a major hobby of theirs, and they've had certain jobs in the past, but due to their stupidity and incompetence, they didn't have them for long. Unfortunately for Johnny and Kamal, their prank calling gets them into serious trouble when they call the local mafia and Johnny pretends to be a crime boss from Chicago named Frank Rizzo, and the two of them then pose as two of Rizzo's hoodlums when they go to meet members of the Queens mob in person! They soon find that not only are the local mafia after them, so are the police!

Shortly after I began to watch this 1995 flop, I did find myself laughing or at least smiling at times, but not enough to make me think it was a actually a good comedy, and I didn't care for the part with Johnny and Kamal (as kids) watching a boy getting in trouble with his mother after they prank called her, and what the mother says she'll do to her son when they get inside. None of the gags in this movie are among the most revolting I've ever seen, but one fairly lame scene is the one with hot dogs made from human bodies! Most of the film is basically just mediocre, unfunny, and boring. The plot also isn't that interesting, with the two pranksters getting into more and more trouble. I certainly did laugh at times, such as the drive-thru scene and the part where the main characters (the Jerky Boys playing themselves) steal a cab and Kamal poses as the cab driver. These laughs definitely weren't always just small ones, either. Still, for the vast majority of the film, I kept a straight face, and cannot give it a high rating.

This silly comedy was apparently panned by critics and seems to be fairly obscure, but it seems that some Jerky Boys fans like it. However, it also appears many of those who have seen it think it's atrocious, and I'm sure a number of the duo's fans have been disappointed by this movie of theirs. As someone who has never listened to any of their albums from start to finish but has heard enough of their recorded pranks individually to be convinced that they know how to be funny, I sure would have been disappointed if I had expected this film to be as good. Apart from occasional funny moments (some very funny and some mildly amusing) and a cameo appearance from Ozzy Osbourne as the Band Manager, there was hardly anything in 1995's "The Jerky Boys" (a.k.a. "The Jerky Boys: The Movie") that appealed to me. If you're not a Jerky Boys fan at all, I suggest you skip this film, and if you are a fan, I can't imagine how you could watch this without finding anything in it funny at all (though you never know), but don't be surprised if you find that it doesn't live up to the duo's audio recordings.


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