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
Sometimes you need a little help finding yourself.
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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
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
[Family dinner, with Lorena and daughter as guests
[to her mother, Fern
What're you, apologizing to her? She's an unwed mother.
Better an unwed mother than just plain unwed.
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
Written and Performed by Mike Ruekberg See more