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Tapioca (2009)

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Nuts, a destitute and homeless street vendor, (Ben Vereen) zaps a cynical stand-up comedian with a mystical hex; sending the comic into the underworld of the homeless on a wacky odyssey of ... See full summary »


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Young Man
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Mini Mart Clerk
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Black Lady
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Nuts, a destitute and homeless street vendor, (Ben Vereen) zaps a cynical stand-up comedian with a mystical hex; sending the comic into the underworld of the homeless on a wacky odyssey of redemption. Pipes (Houlihan), an alcoholic jerk, insults Nuts upon their chance encounter resulting in Nuts suffering an apoplectic seizure from his abuse. Nuts vows revenge, putting a hex on Pipes, resulting in him losing everything he has, including his mind. TAPIOCA is a comic tale of redemption, a hilarious voyage into the lower depths of humanity with a powerful dose of social justice. Shot on the streets of Chicago, the film features many of the windy cities most revered comics, theatre actors and writers. Features a musical score by Ryan Cohan and cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Higgins. Written by Anonymous

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This started as a sketch comedy show about being homeless. It was performed by Mike Houlihan and his sons Paddy and William along with several actors that appear in the film as well. Those actors are Michael McNeal, Jack McCabe, Clayton O'Brien and Vince Mammoser. Tapioca the stage show was performed at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago in the winter of 2004. See more »

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Sweet Little Chicago Film
6 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this and have to say that it was great! I wasn't sure what to expect after the first 15 minutes, but it takes you on a neat little ride that is very timely. The movie is about homeless people. A lot of imagination went into this little film. It's nothing like the comedies being made today. It sort of has an old school feel to it and reminds me of comedies like the Blues Bros and early Ivan Reitman films. I think the musical score made me feel that way. I see on here that the film was made for only 100k. That is amazing to me. I does feel low budget, but nowhere near that number. There isn't a whole lot of Chicago landmark stuff to be seen in the film, but it has a certain flavor to it that makes it very unique. If you are from Chicago and you are a fan of sketch comedy buy or rent this movie. You will recognize a lot of Chicago comedians in it. Second City actors and improvisers shine. David Pasquesi has some very funny scenes. Can't wait to see what these guys do next.

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