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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 ...
Mr. C.
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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Miramax Films acquired Chump Change (2000) after winning the HBO Comedy Film Festival. See more »

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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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Am I God
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Direct to DVD - Should have been a hit
17 March 2004 | by (Plano, Texas) – See all my reviews

Chump Change is a delightfully funny, engaging and touching movie. Poking fun at the movie industry, Hollywood and Wisconsin, all in the same movie, the core of this comedy is the friendship and developing romance between "Milwaukee" and "Sam." Watching their relationship develop, even as they are unaware of it, is a bit of modern movie magic. They talk, we see "Milwaukee" go through a hilarious series of ups and downs as an aspiring actor and writer in Hollywood as he relates the story to "Sam," and have the delight of seeing the insanity of the movie business from the perspective of two people very grounded in reality in Wisconsin. A bit manic at times, ranging from broad comedy to subtle satire, it somehow works and offers the viewer 90 minutes of joy.


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