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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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Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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After UK distributor Metrodome decided to release the film directly to video, director Vadim Jean took the unusual step of personally financing several prints himself for cinematic release. See more »

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Very oddball film
21 May 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I'm not really sure what the point of this was but to be fair it is watchable in a mildly amusing sort of way. Kelsey Grammar is a down-on-his-luck alcoholic who dresses up as a children's TV cow (a la Barney), and in the process begins a friendship with a young girl which he never expected.

I rented this movie years ago and enjoyed it for what it was. It's not totally offensive (although some of the innuendo and not-so-subtle sex jokes involving cows and teets might turn off parents from letting their kids watch it) and Kelsey Grammar is always pretty funny.

However in the long run I felt as though filmmaker Vadim Jean (whom I've had the pleasure of speaking to and is a really nice guy) didn't really know where to go with the script, it's a mix between adult drama and children's comedy and in that regard it's a mixed bag.

Still worth watching if you get a chance, though.


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