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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
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Red Allen
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Lawrence - Primrose Rep (as Jeff Hirschfield)
Denny Doherty ...
Balthazar Mishkin
Joanne Hagen ...
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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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B movie but above average
17 November 2004 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

Well I like Kelsey Grammar so I decide to watch this last night. Now I know he is not box office and my expectations were not built up so I was pleasantly surprised that I not only enjoyed it overall but laughed out loud in parts – mostly from the daughter. She had the best lines! Amanda Donohoe, normally glam personified played not quite plain but lacking self esteem very well. Kelsey Grammar plays the usual and that is not knocking him, he does that cynical but soft underneath to perfection. Yes a lot of the plot is predicable but you are hardly going to see something new. The main cast play well of each other and the one-liners are thrown away in a timely fashion.

I can only think the earlier review had jet lag or bad service on his air flight. This is an excellent B movie.


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