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Dummy (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 February 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mirabella Pisani ...
Helen Hanft ...
Mrs. Gurkel
Richmond Hoxie ...
Theater Director
Joanne Bayes ...
Unemployed Italian (as Lou Marini Jr.)
Unemployed Frottager (as Gabor Mobea)
Unemployed Actor


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brzuchomówca  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 Steven and Lorena dance at the wedding, the same red-haired woman is led across the dance floor twice. See more »


Fannie: Oh hey, what are you doing on the Fourth?
Steven: I don't know.
Fannie: 'Cause I just ordered some kick ass fireworks. Like, even the chinks are scared of this shit.
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Crazy Credits

In the middle of the credits of the US DVD, there is a short clip of Steven and The Dummy, doing a famous Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy bit, in which Steven says, "I thought we gave a very moving performance," and The Dummy replies, "The only thing moving was your lips. Asshole." The clip ends with a voice, presumably of director Greg Pritikin, saying "Cut, that's a cut." See more »


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A Truly Great Film
15 August 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie is terrific. It's very funny and very powerful. Everything that happens is a necessary plot point to tell the story. Nothing is extraneous. Each character is uniquely entertaining and real, they each remind us of someone we know. We root for Stephen, we dislike Heidi, and we can't help but love Fanny. The characters are developed wonderfully. The performances are all terrific. I've never seen any of Adrien Brody's work before, but if it's all as great as this then he's destined for super stardom. Illeana Douglas is hilarious and perfect as usual. I was most blown away by Milla Jovovich. She's amazingly fun to watch on screen and her New Jersey accent is dead-on. Great dialog and flawless directing. Simply put it's a wonderful film with a unique theme, which is unique in itself.

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