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The Jimmy Show (2001)

 -  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 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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Also Known As:

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$703 (USA) (13 December 2002)

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$703 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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When his grandmother (Ruth) is in the chair dead, you can still see her breathing. See more »

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Jimmy: Why do I talk about it, why don't I do it?
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A consistent downer of a movie with no relief in sight.
11 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A portrait of a "regular" guy, who spends his days barely getting by in a series of dead-end jobs, and his nights perfecting his comedy routine in a series of sparsely-attended "open-mike" sessions at local comedy clubs, this film fails to deliver anything but a depressing series of vignettes centered around it's main character, played by Frank Whaley (who also wrote and directed). How any would-be stand up comic could keep trying to be funny, and yet be so patently unfunny, and for so long, is beyond me; I've seen my share of mediocre comedians, but they all pale in comparison to Jimmy, whose depressing routines consist of what appear to be confessionals, centered around his miserable existence. And then we get to experience this miserable existence first-hand, as the film cuts between Jimmy's stand-up routines and his personal life. What is the point of this sorry exercise? Otherwise effective, and at times touching, performances by Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, and Mr. Whaley himself are wasted here.


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