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
A comedy about finding your voice before you lose your mind.
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21 February 2002 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $30,120
(12 September 2003)
(3 October 2003)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
When Lorena is watching the videotape made of Steven apologizing to her for the message he left on her entrance door, you see her expression in several cutaways. The background showing her dining room to the right is always lit except for one cutaway in which the dining room is pitch black. See more
[Enters Steven's room and sees him in his underwear, with his dummy dressed as a child
... Gross! You look like a child molester!
In the international DVD release, there are scenes of Fanny and Micheal talking outside about Tennessee Williams during and after the credits. See more
The Liberty Bell
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Highland Park High School Band See more