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Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire (1999)

Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish (original title)
Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chris Remi
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Alison
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Tony Remi
Heather Moudy ...
Nicole (as Heather Jae Marie)
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Burt
Melba Englander ...
Nurse
Bill Henderson ...
Clive Winter
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Kathy
Miriam Billington ...
Mother
Francesca Billington ...
Baby
Phillip Pennestri ...
Phil
Richard Cody ...
Rugby Guy #1
Deanna Aho ...
Girl on Porch
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Party Girl #1
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Party Girl #2
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Storyline

Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US Postal Service letter carrier, a single mom named Kathy who's come to LA from Wyoming with her daughter, a budding actress. Chris meets Anna, an Italian beauty working in the States for a few months wrangling animals on movie sets. Chris also befriends Clive, an aging and crusty man whose longing for his recently-deceased wife is a portrait of true love. Can Clive's example help Chris sort out his love life, and can Tony grow up enough to see the possibilities with Kathy and her daughter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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two brothers, four women and the search for Magnetic Perfection

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire  »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,994 (USA) (25 August 2000)

Gross:

$277,233 (USA) (10 November 2000)
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The 'Amy Hathaway' character "Alison", who inexplicably weeps during sex in the film, was based on 'Derick Martini's' ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend showed up at a New York promotional screening and ran out of the theatre crying before the first reel ended. See more »

Quotes

Clive Winter: Slow it down. I said, slow... it... down. I mean, slow it way, way down. Aw, 'cause the trip is real quick.
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Banal
9 October 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I heard quite a lot of pre-release buzz for "Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire" so naturally I planned on seeing it as soon as it hit theaters.

I must disagree with most of the other IMDB reviewers, sad to say. The movie did have its funny moments, but I have seen this type of independent romantic comedy soooo many times already. It just isn't as fresh and original as so many people have been hailing it to be.

I think the fact that this movie was made for only $40,000 is admirable. But that doesn't mean that it is a good film. The chemistry between Chris (Derick Martini) and the Italian animal wrangler was lacking. I didn't know what she saw in him, to be honest. The scenes between Chris and his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Ali were much more intriguing.

The movie might have also been a little more interesting if it explored Tony's (Steven Martini) womanizing a bit further. It would have provided great tension in his growing relationship with the mail-woman. But instead all we get is his instant rapport with her cute, but way-too-precocious, little girl. Steven Martini has a lot of appeal, but there was no conflict in this relationship to keep my attention. ZZZZZzzzzzzz.....

I really hate to be the wet blanket as far as this movie is concerned, but it didn't really live up to my expectations. For a better and fresher independent romantic comedy, I would recommend "The Tao of Steve."


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