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The Jerky Boys (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  3 February 1995 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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
Darryl Theirse ...
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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Comedy | Crime

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3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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$7,557,877 (USA)
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Writing and filming sessions for this movie commenced around 1993, but its release was delayed because the film's original distributor, Buena Vista, did not know what to do with it. Finally, Buena Vista and Touchstone Pictures bought the rights to the film in 1994, and it was officially released in 1995. 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 »

Quotes

Mrs. B: Brett is a very nice hard working man. I wish the two of you were more like Brett Weir.
Johnny: Ah, come on. It's not like we ain't had jobs. What about the mason's job we had a ways back?
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Courtesy of Interscope Records
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Simply should not have been made.
1 June 2000 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

When something comes successful, the corporate folk behind it always feel the need to somehow push it into every medium through which they can profit from it - even if it makes so sense creatively or logically.

The Jerky Boys movie is a prime example of just that - turning a mildly successful series of records in which two guys assume various characters and prank call people into a scripted, plot-driven feature film. The Jerky Boys were good at catching people off guard and generally making fools out of them. But that is the fun - the "off guard" and the "fool". In this movie, it takes away the reality & humor from any of the prank calls - and the only fools are the actual Jerky Boys (or the people who paid to see the film), turning the entire formula around and making the whole thing completely unfunny. This isn't even an attempt at depicting their actual rise to fame, day-to-day lives, or to put their characters into a story - just putting the actual Jerky Boys (who can't act) into a contrived, cliched plot where the mafia chases after them and they re-enact prank calls from their first album to scripted actors.

First there was some amusing albums, then a book (now out of print), a TV special, and then this horrible movie. It just begs the question - how much money is enough?


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