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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

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)
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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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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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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 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Chump Change
Written by Matt Cartsonis
Performed by Matt Cartsonis
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A Wonderful Review of Chump Change
26 April 2004 | by (AZ, USA) – See all my reviews

Wow, the best laugh in the whole movie was the lost extra in the ending scene. Since when do you top bill a cameo? This movie jumped all over the place, which might have been good if it was funny or appeared to have a purpose. I think the romantic portion of the movie was not believable at all and not so outrageous it would be funny, just bad. Traci Lords did a great job even with the awful lines she was given. I don't think anyone in the movie believed in it and you could tell. Give a joke a chance, maybe some timing would have helped, maybe not. If you watch the DVD version the director reads viewer comments and insults their misspellings or otherwise English mistakes, but doesn't realize that what they all were saying is the movie sux. Learn to take feedback, you'll be better for it. If a friend wasn't in this movie I would have stopped watching it.


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