Joe Somebody (2001)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  21 December 2001 (USA)
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When Joe is beat up by a co-worker in front of his daughter on "Bring Your Child To Work Day", he decides to fight back.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McKinney
Chuck Scarett (as Jim Belushi)
Rick Raglow
Cade Raymond
Cristi Conaway ...
Abby Manheim
Pat Chilcutt
Cassandra Taylor
James Cada ...
Exec. Bill
Tawnja Zahradka ...
Waver 'Tawnja'
Ahna Brandvik ...


When underappreciated video specialist Joe Scheffer is brutally humiliated by the office bully Mark McKinney in front of his daughter, Joe begins a quest for personal redemption. He proceeds by enduring a personal make-over and takes martial arts lessons from a B-action star. As news spreads of his rematch with Mark, Joe suddenly finds himself the center of attention, ascending the corporate ladder and growing in popularity. He's determined to show everyone in his life that he is not a nobody, but a force to be reckoned with. Written by Anna <>

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someone just picked on the wrong nobody. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, thematic elements and some mild violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Super papá  »

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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,377,635 (USA) (21 December 2001)


$22,770,864 (USA) (29 March 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Half-way through the shooting of the martial arts shots, Tim Allen's arms became painfully bruised. This is why he randomly starts wearing pads in the middle of the story. See more »


Near the end of the film, Joe Sheffer grabs his girlfriend, Meg Harper. When seen from her point of view, he's got her by the wrist; when seen from his point of view, he's got her by the elbow. See more »


Chuck: Hey, let me give you a free lesson, all right? My way of saying, 'Don't press charges'.
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References Toy Story (1995) See more »


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Written by Tom Wilson and Michael Roth (as Mike Roth)
Performed by Tom Wilson
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Not Tim Allen's best effort,but watchable
24 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film contains a nice little blend of comedy,and heart touching warmth,with Tim Allen starring as a somewhat meek and timid office executive,who often gets stepped on and overlooked.After getting knocked down by the company bully in front of his young daughter,he decides to toughen up and make the world take notice.This is a cute story with a good message about not forgetting the most important things in life. This isn't Tim Allen's best effort,but the film is watchable enough. Lending good support are Jim Belushi as an ex-movie actor/martial arts instructor,and Julie Bowen,who always seems to lend a nice touch to a film(I recalled her from Happy Gilmore),as the love interest.Good film,but don't look for greatness.

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