A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Billy Bob Thornton,
Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people. Written by
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Robert De Niro's face would sometimes ache for days after tensing his jaw to speak in his post-stroke scenes. See more »
A hemiplegic patient has a paralysis of one side and paralysis of the face on the other side which is not the case in this movie. See more »
Do you know the phrase, "two closed ears and one closed mouth"? Well, that's my motto and I follow it. To hear noting. To See nothing. To speak nothing.
Eh, I don't care what goes on in this rat-trap. Who do you think you're kidding, you got the biggest ears, the biggest nose, and the biggest mouth of anybody I ever met. Which makes you the biggest asshole...
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During the credits, DeNiro and Hoffman sing the "Name Song" together while staying in character. See more »
This is one of those movies you hate to bash because it definitely has it's merits and should be viewed by some, not necessarily everyone. Hoffman and Deniro are both struggling in their roles on screen and the viewer will struggle to follow as well. There's a message and anyone interested in alternate lifestyles will enjoy the peek. We all have alternate lifestyles when you get down to it. I'm a big Deniro fan and his role is a twist as expectations of him go. Worthwhile like visiting the zoo can be - never absolutely outstanding, but seldom completely boring. Like the student who shows up everyday and participates, it gets a passing grade.
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