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Funny Bones (1995)

An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine.

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Tommy Fawkes
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George Fawkes
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Katie Parker
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Jim Minty
Sadie Corre ...
Poodle Woman
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Dolly Hopkins
George Carl ...
Thomas Parker
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Bruno Parker
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Stanley Sharkey
Christopher Greet ...
Lawrence Berger
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Nicky
Gavin Millar ...
Steve Campbell
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Al
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Billy Man
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Storyline

Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to Blackpool, UK, where his father, also a comedian started and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic relief, with whom he can be famous. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Zany Look at Two Comedians Who'll Do Anything for a Laugh! See more »

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Rated R for some language and a scene of tragic violence | See all certifications »

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31 March 1995 (USA)  »

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$532,268 (USA)
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Most of Oliver Reed's part was removed during editing. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Tommy Fawkes gets the Parker brothers to sign the contract for their act, there is continuity with the chair. The Parker's stand up and go to set up the scene to show Tommy Fawkes. From a high shot you see Tommy Fawkes stand up and turn his chair around, it then cuts to the front of Tommy, his chair is in its original position and he turns it around again to the position he did in the first high shot. See more »

Quotes

Steve Campbell: Tell me, of this list, which do you think is the odd one out? House... school... dog... cinema... church.
Jack Parker: [after some thought] Dog.
Steve Campbell: [smiles] Good!
Jack Parker: 'Cause a dog wouldn't go to the cinema, would it?
Steve Campbell: [stares at Jack for a bit, then composes himself] Which of *these* is the odd one out... Malice... jealousy... greed... envy... and... *kindness*.
Jack Parker: [triumphantly] 'And'!
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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A comedy that is very well thought out and very intelligent. This is often difficult to watch, but it works because it has heart.
30 August 2000 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

Funny Bones is not a traditional comedy. It starts off being deliberately unamusing, yet it later becomes evident that this was done not only to establish reason for the events that occur during the rest of the movie, but also to create good character development. Oliver Platt proves that he is not only a great comedic actor, but he can be just as good when he is trying NOT to be funny. His on-stage scenes early in the film were not only well-lit but also wonderfully acted and photographed. Jerry Lewis also performs a surprisingly convincing role in a startling turn from sheer comedic hilarity to a seriously dramatic role as Platt's legendary comedian father.

Platt plays Tommy Fawkes, a struggling stand-up comedian trying to live up to the legacy that his famous father George Fawkes (Jerry Lewis) has created. George is now retired, and Tommy is struggling to get his career started. After yet another painful failure onstage, Tommy decides to travel back to Blackpool, England, where his family's comedy originated. The people that Tommy meets there are strangely fascinating, and Lee Evans delivers a particularly interesting performance as Jack Parker, the high energy comedian who is on the run from the law and is also George Fawkes' bastard son. His one full length comedy act is absolutely amazing to watch.

As Tommy is holding auditions trying to find something funny to include in his own act back in the States, he learns more and more about the people living in Blackpool and about their history as well as some dishonorable actions of his own father, and he learns an important lesson from it all. He ultimately finds his place in the world of live acting, and the transformation from who he was at the beginning of the film to who he is at the end is incredible.

Funny Bones is an excellent but very different comedy that is ultimately very rewarding and satisfying. The cinematic trickery and the skillful use of lighting add to the experience, and the acting is excellent all around. The circus scene at the end of the film was great, it was tense and amazingly well done. Although slow at times, this is a great film about overcoming obstacles and developing your own view of the world, as well as the importance of finding your rightful place in it.


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