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 USA: $30,120,
14 September 2003, Limited Release
Gross USA: $71,305, 5 October 2003
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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When Stephen brings home the dummy for the first time, he only opens the latch on the left side of the suitcase first. In the next shot, he opens both of the latches, even though the left would have already been unlatched. See more
D'you know our high school reunion's comin' up? Ten years... D'you know how depressing that is? D'you think I don't wanna slash my fucking wrists when I think about that? Goddamn it!
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
The Liberty Bell
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Highland Park High School Band See more