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Chump Change (2000)

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A failed Hollywood actor returns to his home town in Wisconsin and reminisces about his life in L.A. to a potential new girlfriend about his faults, auditions, misadventures, and confrontations with the evils of Hollywood.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Burrows ...
Milwaukee Steve
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Simon 'Sez' Simone
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Sam (as Traci Elizabeth Lords)
A.J. Benza ...
Steve's Agent
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Steve's Manager
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The Man
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Maloney
Jon Chardiet ...
Willie Etra ...
88 Fingers
Stefane Zamorano ...
Coco Delapino
Theo Greenly ...
Chuckie Self
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Bistro Waitress
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Dack (as Michael James McDonald)
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The Colonel
Miriam Flynn ...
Bussler Waitress
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Rags to riches to rags comedy loosely based on the director Steve Burrows' actual experiences while writing screenplays in Los Angeles. Burrows (aka "Milwaukee Steve") finally makes it big as "The Crotch Fresh" commercial guy, but then can't catch another break -- not even when he auditions for a new Crotch Fresh commercial! He decides the only way to make a comeback as an actor is to fake his own death, then make a glorious return. Before that idea pans out, Milwaukee goes on "Wheel of Fortune", and become notorious when he's sued by the Merv Griffin Corp. "Milwaukee Steve" becomes a hot ticket, with numerous folks riding his coattails. However, after a studio hires him to write a script, nothing works out as planned. Desperate, broke, and depressed, Steve returns to Milwaukee, in mid-winter, to gain comfort from family and friends -- only to find his mother has rented out his room while on her annual trip to the Netherlands. "Milwaukee" then recounts his Los Angeles' saga to his ... Written by RJ-15

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Rated R for language and some sexual humor
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Simon 'Sez' Simone: These are the rules of comedy. Ok? For instance: right place wrong time - funny. Wrong place right time - funny. Wrong place wrong time - not funny! Stupid - funny, retarded - not funny! Fat - funny, bald - funny, hair - not funny. But, toupees and wigs - very funny, don't ask me why! Falling down - it's funny. Old is funny. Grandpa - funny, grandma - funny. Grandpa gettin' whacked in the crotch - funny. Grandma gettin' whacked in the crotch - not funny, but, grandma gettin' whacked in the head...
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An education on funny...

See this movie. Steve Burrows is more committed to the art of funny than anyone I've ever met. His timing is impeccable, his performance is charming, his writing is off-beat, and he's not a pretty boy (at all). I've had the pleasure of working with Steve recently, and this movie is one of the reasons why I even wanted to. See it as soon as it's released (last I heard was later this year).

Whoever gave this film a BAD review has no sense of humor. You can't deny funny when it's there. And funny is all over this flick.

Okay, nuff said. See the film. Even if it's just because Steve's a nice guy. Which he really is.


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