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
Some people can say a lot without moving their lips.
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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 Steven and Lorena dance at the wedding, the same red-haired woman is led across the dance floor twice. See more
Oh hey, what are you doing on the Fourth?
I don't know.
'Cause I just ordered some kick ass fireworks. Like, even the chinks are scared of this shit.
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
Referenced in Bad Santa
Written by Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni
Performed by Coralina See more