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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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 is driving around, the car is clearly in park. See more
Because every klezmer band in town is booked and I desperately need a band. But if I hire you, you have to be willing to "hora". Is that a problem?
Oh man, at this point I'd fuck anyone.
All puppetry and ventriloquism performed live by Adrien Brody. See more
(Also known as "Mezinka")
Arranged by Paul Wallfisch
Performed by Milla Jovovich See more