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
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A comedy about finding your voice before you lose your mind. 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)

Company Credits

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jessica Walter and Ron Leibman, who play Adrien Brody's character's parents, are married in real life. See more »


When Steven is driving around, the car is clearly in park. See more »


Lorena: Are you Jewish?
Lorena: No, I'm Italian.
Fern: Same thing.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the Fagan Family, the Cross Family, the forbidden family of Charlotte and Kendo, the Akel Family, the Sullivan Family, the Jachera Family, Howard Johnson and Tony, Amir, Rich and George, the Kingston Family, the Taylor Family, the Ziff Family, the MacCarthy Family and to all the residents and our friends in Wayne. See more »


References Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »


Le Cygne (The Swan)
(1886) (uncredited)
from "Le Carnaval des Animaux (Carnival of the Animals)"
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
Played by Natalia Paruz
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User Reviews

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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