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The Jimmy Show (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 January 2002 (USA)
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A failed New Jersey inventor embarks on a career as a standup comic, turns to drink, and labors to keep his family together.

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Jimmy O'Brien
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Annie
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Ray
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Ruth
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Wendy
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Claude
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Track Coach
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Man in Club
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Jersey Guy
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Man in Club
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Big Tony
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Dr. Schull
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Jersey Girl
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Storyline

Jimmy O'Brien works in the stockroom of a grocery store, where he is reminded of his powerlessness by his boss. Only his love for his wife offers him comfort, but their obligations to his invalid grandmother and a new baby stifle their dreams. It is not until open-mike night at the local comedy club that he allows himself to do what he needs to do: run off at the mouth. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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16 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El show de Jimmy  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$703 (USA) (13 December 2002)

Gross:

$703 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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Goofs

When his grandmother (Ruth) is in the chair dead, you can still see her breathing. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Why do I talk about it, why don't I do it?
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Want to feel better about YOUR life?
4 September 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

Starring, written and directed by Frank Whaley, "The Jimmy Show" (with two other significant actors - Carla Gugino and Ethan Hawke) is a story of a wannabee stand up comedian. He has his dreams, and like most dreams, real life gets in the way. Still, Jimmy doesn't give up his desire to be a funny man standing on a spotlit stage in front of appreciative people. What is he willing to trade away for his dream? Does he understand what making a dream materialize entails? Will others support him? Let me put it this way: I GUARANTEE that you will feel better about your life, by watching "The Jimmy Show". This is an extremely focused, linear, painful story about an awkward, rationalizing, self-defeating man who threatens to pull everyone nearby under with him. There's not a single laugh in this story of comedian dreamer. Frank Whaley carries the story on his shoulders, and does a fantastic job. Gugino is also strong. Hawke does what he does well.


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