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Chump Change (2000)

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

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Stephen Burrows ...
Milwaukee Steve
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Simon 'Sez' Simone
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Sam (as Traci Elizabeth Lords)
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Steve's Agent
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Steve's Manager
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The Man
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Maloney
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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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Storyline

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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The movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual humor
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7 January 2004 (USA)  »

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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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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Who Put Grandma In The Cement Mixer
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An unbiased review NOT FROM MILWAUKEE.....
2 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie see-saws uncomfortably between two almost unrelated stories. Frequent use of narration attempts to cover the fact that there simply isn't enough material here for either a Hollywood farce, or a Milwaukee, sweet girl meets boy tale. The cameo's are rather tepid, especially Jerry Stiller, who nevertheless is highlighted on the DVD cover. The Hollywood half would probably be mildly amusing to someone working in the entertainment industry, while a general audience will be unamused by all the inside jokes. The Milwaukee half revolves around neighborhood bars, quirky menus, and outdated attractions. The acting is fine, especially by Tim Matheson and Tracy Lords, but in the end this is a very average movie, and nothing more. - MERK


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