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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Knockout fun for the whole family! 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the movie posters in the martial arts studio features JoBeth Williams, director John Pasquin's wife. Williams starred in Jungle 2 Jungle (1997) alongside Tim Allen, playing the ex-wife of Allen's character. See more »


When Joe's wife chases him out of the 3rd Street theater, as she watches him walk away, an extra exits the building. The extra should still be visible in the background of the close-up, but he has vanished. See more »


Natalie Scheffer: [on the phone with Joe] Dad, just tell me something. Is it you don't wanna see me. Or is it you don't want me to see you?
Joe: Yes... Yes to the second one.
Natalie Scheffer: [crying] DAD, just please let me come over. Just for a little while...
Joe: It's okay. Everything's all right. I'm just sittin' here drowning my sorrows in a - a quart of Ben and Jerrys Chunky Monkey.
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References Toy Story (1995) See more »


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Written by Brian Vander Ark, Donny Brown, Doug Corella and A.J. Dunning
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Ignore the critics, this one is a warm, light-hearted, feel-good film for the entire family.
21 November 2003 | by (Beaver Falls, PA) – See all my reviews

OK, folks, I've read almost every comment on here regarding this movie, and all I can say is... some of you just haven't got a clue. No, it's not a blockbuster comedy, but it wasn't intended to be. So, OK, clearly, this movie isn't for everyone... well, there isn't any movie made that appeals to EVERYONE, no matter how good it is. The point is this: This movie was very enjoyable. It does not try too hard, it makes you love or hate the characters appropriately, has a nice, fun (albeit somewhat simple) story, and is all around a nice, light-hearted film that the entire family can enjoy together. If you're not into family movies, then skip this one, otherwise, I definitely recommend it.

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