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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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Himself / Frank 'Rubberneck' Rizzo (as Johnny Brennan)
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Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico
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Brett Weir
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Geno
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Sonny
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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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Rated R for continuous use of strong language | See all certifications »

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3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Bromas pesadas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,392,403, 5 February 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,557,877
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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 »

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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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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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Crazy Credits

After initial credits a scene is showed where Brett Weir's housed is being destroyed. See more »

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Neopolitan Mandolin
Written by Alessandro Alessandroni (as Alessandro Allessandroni)
Courtesy of Zomba Music Services
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Funny Enough
14 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

This was bottom of the barrel cinema when it came out. Its not anything you should really have high expectations for when you start into it. That being said, compared to the bottom of the comedy barrel these days this movie is a worthwhile and entertaining entry.

The supporting cast actually isn't too bad. Other reviewers have questioned the appearance of Alan Arkin in this film, and maybe it is weird, but whatever he's in it. So is Vincent Pastore ("Big Pussy" Bonpensiero from "The Sopranos") and cameos from Tom Jones and Ozzy Osbourne (a particularly rare depiction of him when he still had some vital essence left and decked out in appropriate mid-90's high fashion.)

Speaking of the the mid-90's, there's a lot of great footage of New York City in the years right before Giulianni started cleaning the place up.

Anyways, the movie is funny. Its not the funniest movie ever, but the ad hominem attacks, creative profanity, and silly voices will make you laugh. Its nice to see their skits made into live action, even though the real genius of their humor on their tapes was that the calls were real and the calls in the movie are scripted.

Its a solid B-grade comedy. If you're expecting more, you have the wrong idea.


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