Let's Go to Prison (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  17 November 2006 (USA)
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When a career criminal's plan for revenge is thwarted by unlikely circumstances, he puts his intended victim's son in his place by putting him in prison...and then joining him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Nino ...
Judge Biederman
Joseph Marcus ...
Pawn Broker
Nick Phalen ...
John - 8 years
John - 18 years
Breen Guard
Mary Seibel ...
Old Bartender


John Lyshitski is a car stealing slacker, with a weed problem, and has been in Illinois' Rossmore State Penitentiary so many times, he knows its entire population of both staff and cons by their first names. Cursed with the old ill luck of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in possession of the wrong car, he's been deemed a lost cause repeat offender in the eyes of everyone else. When the heartless judge, who has been behind most of his sentences, goes to the big court house in the sky, John decides to ruin the man's legacy by having the judge's only offspring, Nelson Biederman IV, thrown in the slammer along with him. Here, the world-class selfish jerk learns a certain old lesson the hard way: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. But has John gone too far in the payback department? Written by ????

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content, some violence and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

You Are Going to Prison  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,220,050 (USA) (17 November 2006)


$4,613,815 (USA) (8 December 2006)

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Did You Know?


In a poor attempt to keep a low profile, John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard's character) appears disguised with suspicious looking outfits such as the Unabomber and Travis Bickle (from Taxi Driver). See more »


At the end of the movie, when the three are driving off in the car, the shadow of the camera mounted on the vehicle is quite visible in his face. See more »


Nelson Biederman IV: Now we're even. I have done you wrong, and you've stabbed me twice with forks.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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Written by Jo Bogaert, Manuella Kamosi
Performed by Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
Courtesy of ARS Productions
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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More subtle than you'd think...
1 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

There are movies that follow a relatively obvious plot. There are movies where you expect every plot twist ten minutes in advance. This certainly is one of those movies. But then, why would you go see a comedy looking for gripping plot lines? This is one of those movies that would have bombed, in the wrong hands. Given an average director and a mediocre cast, this movie would have been barely watchable. But under the care of Bob Odenkirk and a trio of skilled actors, it turns out as one of the funnier movies of the year.

Let me be clear about one thing: this movie is all about subtle, dry humor. The situations are, on their own, intentionally not funny. Played a different way, many of them would be downright terrifying. But the way the actors carry themselves through it, their timing, their facial expressions, bring out the absurdity of the serious script.

If you go into the movie expecting it to hit you in the face with everything it's got, you may be disappointed. But if you go prepared to pay attention and catch the nuances as well as the broad strokes, you'll barely stop laughing.

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