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An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.

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Steven
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Fangora
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Heidi
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Lorena
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Fern
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Lou
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Bonnie
Helen Hanft ...
Mrs. Gurkel
Richmond Hoxie ...
Sorensen
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Unemployed Italian (as Lou Marini Jr.)
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Unemployed Frottager (as Gabor Mobea)
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Storyline

Steven, nearly 30 and living with his parents, sees an old Edgar Bergen movie on TV and decides to fulfill his longtime dream of becoming a ventriloquist. His beautiful unemployment counselor Lorena finds him work, but puts out a restraining order on him when he paints a thank-you note on her door. Later, this young mother agrees to date him anyway, but finds his bickering family, and his inexperience with women, daunting to a relationship. Steven's sister Heidi is a wedding planner with a drunken ex-fiancé who keeps showing up at the door. His friend Fangora is a pseudo-punk rocker whose sex does not prevent her from giving him terrible advice about women. The wedding of a Jewish girl, who wants Klezmer music and gets something unexpected, will become a turning point in everyone's lives. Written by J. Spurlin

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Some people can say a lot without moving their lips. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,120 (USA) (12 September 2003)

Gross:

$71,305 (USA) (3 October 2003)
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Trivia

The ventriloquist teacher in the classroom scene (Alan Semok) designed and built the film's title character and also played teacher in real life as Adrien Brody's personal trainer, teaching Brody ventriloquism and puppet manipulation in a three week crash course during preproduction. See more »

Goofs

Steven's jacket and shirt change when he enters the magic store at the beginning of the movie, then change back after he exits. See more »

Quotes

Fannie: [after being thrown out for throwing a tantrum in a Target] Fucking suburbanized shit!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to Fern Batchko's closet for wardrobe. See more »

Connections

References Pinocchio (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Metzinka
(Also known as "Mezinka")
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Arranged by Paul Wallfisch
Performed by Milla Jovovich
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User Reviews

Good, Positive, and Fun
9 March 2005 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Milla Jovovitch is so incredibly sexy in this movie it is incredible. Her character (Fangora) is a bit foul mouthed but she seems to grow as a person, and when she gets her first booking for her band it seems to change her. She wants to be some kind of Grunge Rock singer, but her friend gets her band a job playing Klezzmer music at a Jewish wedding. The amazing thing is that Milla and her band work hard to learn the music, listen to old records, rehearse, and when she is finally at the wedding she and her band do a great job. I wonder if she and her band were the actual performers? She sounds fabulous, and she has beautiful eyes. The eyes are the windows of the soul, are they not? Adrien Brody is the star, and in the role of Steven he does a very solid turn as a shy man who wants to break away and set his own course in life. Brody is trying to learn to be a ventriloquist, and his efforts just show how difficult it can be for anyone to start over in life. Brody does a wonderfully positive and warm portrayal of a person who is searching for an answer.

Ileana Douglas injects her special charisma into her role as Heidi, a friend of Brody/Steven. Ron Liebman and Jessica Walter play Brody's parents and they help to provide a credible reason to understand why Brody wants to find a new direction in his life.

If you enjoy a warm and positive movie which slowly builds up towards a positive resolution of most of the issues, then Dummy is a great film. If you enjoy watching sincere and good-hearted performances, then you will also enjoy Dummy.


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