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Eat. Sleep. Therapy. Repeat.
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Giovanni Ribisi ... Solo

Lynn Collins ... Lola

Scott Caan ... Casper

Kevin Corrigan ... Benny

Mena Suvari ... Jules

Sarah Shahi ... Candy

Tito Ortiz ... Frank

Kimo Leopoldo ... Ted

Brian Goodman ... Joe the Guard

Jennifer Carpenter ... Redheaded Waitress

Laura Katz ... Late Night Waitress

Joanna Krupa ... Taffy

Crispian Belfrage ... Jeffrey the Butler
Med Abrous ... Brad

Melissa Keller ... Escalator Girl

Liz Carey ... Angry Ketchup Waitress

Jimmy the Dog ... Spot
Steve Jones ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Cheadle ... Dr. Nourmand (uncredited)

Curt Clendenin ... Strip-Club Patron (uncredited)
Lara Coulter ... Strip-club patron (uncredited)

Melvin Jackson Jr. ... Customer (uncredited)

Hana Mae Lee ... Girl in Cafe (uncredited)

Danny Minnick ... Stripclub Goer (uncredited)

Ali Pomerantz ... Judy the Vet Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Caan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Scott Caan 

Produced by
Jesse Johnston .... co-producer
Stephanie Lewis .... co-producer
Brent Morris .... line producer
Jonah Smith .... producer
Palmer West .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Phil Parmet 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey M. Werner 
Casting by
Emily Schweber 
Production Design by
Cory Lorenzen 
Set Decoration by
Missy Parker 
Costume Design by
Rebecca Gregg  (as Rebecca Bentjen)
Makeup Department
Johann Benét .... makeup artist
Barbara Lamelza .... key makeup artist
Tamara McNaughton .... key hair stylist
Danielle Lyn Saunders .... makeup artist
Production Management
Cynthia Garcia Walker .... unit production manager
Stephanie Lewis .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Bywater .... second second assistant director
Melissa Lekus .... second assistant director
Jim Simone .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steven Barr .... set dresser
Todd Daniels .... assistant property master
Emily Dawson .... set dresser
Roger Dertinger .... property master
Kevin 'Chevy' Martinez .... leadman
Lindsey Winger .... swing
Amanda Weaver .... swing intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... supervising sound editor
Danielle Ghent .... dialogue editor
John Hays .... boom operator
Micah Johnson .... assistant sound
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Jared Marshack .... foley editor
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Stu Mckee .... utility sound
Matthew Nicolay .... additional sound mixer
Eric Raber .... sound effects editor
Alec St. John .... sound re-recording mixer
Alec St. John .... supervising sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Dennis Twitty .... assistant sound editor
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Tom Ceglia .... special effects coordinator
Albert Lannutti .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Howard Nourmand .... title designer
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Edgar Arellano .... gaffer
James Atkins .... best boy grip
Dennis L. Baker .... electrician
James Banfield .... set lighting technician
Christopher Bernal .... best boy electric (as Chris Bernal)
Ron Elliott .... loader
Mike Flores .... best boy grip
Patrick Fogarty .... camera department intern
T.S. Hale .... dolly grip
Keith A. Jones .... second assistant camera
Benjamin Kilmer .... grip (as Ben Kilmer)
BJ McDonnell .... Steadicam operator
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator
Rory Muirhead .... first assistant camera
Michelle Opseth .... additional second assistant camera
Vince Palomino .... key grip
Mark Patnesky .... additional second assistant camera
Roberto A. Ramirez .... electrician (as Roberto Ramirez)
Mike Reyes .... grip
Marcel Schoettel .... best boy electric
Fred Sellers .... grip
Stephen Tachera .... lighting console programmer
Deron Tse .... grip
Sam Urdank .... still photographer
Michael Weeks .... best boy electric (as Mike Weeks)
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Kevin Wilt .... grip
Casting Department
Peter Alwazzan .... background casting
Samantha Kern .... extras casting assistant
Jennifer Levy .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Cortes .... key set costumer
Sarah Lee-Taylor .... key costumer
Kip Ren .... costumer
Editorial Department
Greg Curry .... colorist: dailies
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Brian Kibbie .... negative cutter (as Brian Kibbe)
Chris Petrus .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Amanda Brammall .... assistant music supervisor
Bob Casale .... music engineer
Bob Casale .... music producer
Van Coppock .... music engineer
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Mark Mothersbaugh .... music producer
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Corey Askins .... transportation coordinator
Josh Sarfaty .... driver
Greg Taylor .... transportation captain
Chad Wadsworth .... driver: production van
Other crew
Justin Anderson .... production assistant
Kathy Archer Buck .... assistant accountant
Drew Baker .... office production assistant
Dan Beal .... location scout
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director
Patrick Caughey .... runner
Sharon Cingle .... script supervisor
Paul Cozzi .... location assistant
Guin Dill .... animal trainer
Darci Dunnagan .... office production assistant
Cynthia Garcia Walker .... production accountant
Kristina Goodman .... production coordinator
Ryan Janata .... set production assistant
Shannan E. Johnson .... assistant to director
Brooks Kephart .... production assistant
David Kraemer .... set production assistant
Heather Long .... animal trainer
Stanley Longstreet .... location scout
Peter Madamba .... script researcher
Brian McMillan .... animal provider
Vikki McMillan .... animal provider
Mary Helen Phelan .... key set production assistant
Eric Pilarcik .... location manager
Mike Schlegel .... craft service
Jet Shaw .... animal trainer
Steve Solomon .... animal trainer
Cindy Swartz .... set medic
Johann Benét .... acknowledgment

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and nudity
88 min
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Decent, but really just because of Ribisi., 9 January 2008
Author: dead47548 from United States

I've always felt that Giovanni Ribisi is the most underused (along with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Zooey Deschanel) and one of the most talented actors working today. Further proof of that is his fantastic performance in this light-hearted, mediocre independent comedy directed and written by Scott Caan. The film centers around a broke, self-centered and hopelessly depressed writer named Solo (Giovanni) who after a year of seeing a therapist (Don Cheadle) five days a week decides to get a dog. Getting this dog begins a wild adventure that involves his best friend (played by Caan), a stripper whom he grows a strong affection for (Lynn Collins), her friend (the criminally underused Sarah Shahi), a gangster whom he owes money to (Kevin Corrigan) and a spoiled rich girl straight out of My Super Sweet 16 (Mena Suvari).

It's a fun film about the true wealth of finding love with some genuinely hilarious scenes scattered throughout. I've never liked Scott Caan as an actor; I always find him playing the same arrogant, dirtbag character and I really don't like his sense of humor so that didn't help me in trying to enjoy the film. Also, while the subplots with the gangster (who we never find out how he got connected to Solo or why Solo owes him money) and the spoiled girl offer some great opportunities for Giovanni to show off his comedic talent, their appearance in the film ultimately feels like pointless filler. But the film manages to succeed due to the great work by the always underrated Giovanni Ribisi who adds so much charm, quirk and hilarity to every film he's in that it's impossible not to love him and it is pretty entertaining throughout.

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