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The Real Howard Spitz (1998)

PG | | Comedy | 28 August 1998 (UK)
Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective novelist out of money and out of luck - until he meets eight-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children's books.

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Genevieve Tessier ...
Samantha Kershaw
Joseph Rutten ...
Lou
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Laura Kershaw
Kay Tremblay ...
Theodora Winkle
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Roger
Lex Gigeroff ...
Ronnie Relish
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Red Allen
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Lawrence - Primrose Rep (as Jeff Hirschfield)
Denny Doherty ...
Balthazar Mishkin
Joanne Hagen ...
Waitress
Edward Gregson ...
Aaron
Ciel Crosby ...
Librarian (as Cathy Lee Crosby)
John Loverin ...
Bartender - Cop Bar
John Fulton ...
Ted the Cop
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Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective novelist out of money and out of luck - until he meets eight-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children's books.

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Howard Spitz, played by Kelsey Grammer, says, "Writing a sitcom's not hard. You just have a married couple, a bar in Boston or a psychiatrist on the radio." This is a reference to both Cheers (1982) and Frasier (1993), both of which starred Grammer as Dr Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who hung out at a Boston bar on "Cheers" before moving to Seattle to start a radio call in show in "Frasier". See more »

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Waste of time. Waste of talent
17 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kelsey Grammar is beloved as Frasier Crane from Cheers and Frasier so you can see why film makers would want to take advantage of that on the big screen. Sadly this film is not a good one, and despite the best efforts of Grammar, I don't think I laughed very much at all.

He is without doubt the best thing in the film though, displaying all of the comic timing and delivery that we came to love on his TV show. The problem is that the film is so slow and the plot uninteresting that Grammar is fighting a losing battle trying to keep it afloat.

Amanda Donohue adds very little and as she did in Liar Liar only acts as a straight person to the comedian.

If you're a die hard Kelsey fan then you might enjoy it, other than that I'd avoid it.


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