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Joe and Mary have been living together in Manhattan for six years. Joe is an actor, who has no agent and no thesping credits, but whose ambitions are very high. He works as a waiter at a ... See full summary »

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Joe and Mary have been living together in Manhattan for six years. Joe is an actor, who has no agent and no thesping credits, but whose ambitions are very high. He works as a waiter at a cafe. Mary works as a make-up stylist for hot fashion photographer Blair, and she pays most of the pair's bills. Joe finally lowers his standards and accepts a degrading bit in a Madonna video, while his friend and co-waiter Bob gets a high-paying job on a soap opera opposite siren Kelly. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

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$83,488 (USA) (27 February 1998)

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$247,745 (USA) (13 March 1998)
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Buck Henry's character's name, Dr. Leuter, means "Dr. Dick" in Dutch. See more »

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When Bob tells Ernst that he and Joe are not gay, a microphone appears from above. See more »

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References The Piano (1993) See more »

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An imperfect movie with strokes of genius
6 February 2004 | by (Brooklyn NY/LA, CA) – See all my reviews

Though this movie is not perfect, I thought it was a lot better than what many people felt, looking at the comments and the box office. The acting, for the most part, is excellent. Modine does a great job of seeming clueless and clumsy in his approach to his acting career, but I rooted for him because his character REALLY wanted it, he just hadn't figured on how to get it. Keener was at her sparkling, sassy best.

I think it's main problem is not so much the meandering, or the foibles of the characters: it's that the entire setting is so particular to New York I'm unsure about how much of the humor translates. This is not a patronizing jab at the

universe beyond the five boroughs; my experiences made me howl at things

that others may find completely stupid. Anyone who's ever been an actor or in the fashion industry in NYC would find so many scenes uproariously funny. The catering scenes, especially, would be dear to the heart of any working actor

who's struggled in New York.

This, by the way, was not an independent movie, it was a Paramount release.

DeCillo, after the dismal box office, is back on the indie side of the fence. Good luck to him, I hope he continues to make movies.


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