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Feed the Fish (2009)

 -  Comedy  -  25 January 2011 (USA)
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Follows the journey of Joe Peterson, a burned out children's book writer who's approaching a midlife crisis.


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Credited cast:
Sheriff Andersen
Axel Andersen
Sif Andersen (as Kathryn Aselton)
Hamish the Paramedic
Michael Shalhoub ...
Dr. Koosa
Susan Shalhoub Larkin ...
Nurse H. Josephs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ringo the Paramedic
Matt Braaten ...
Dr. Ronnie Schweiber
David Colton ...
Himself - Background
Anthony Evangelista ...
Dr. Fishburn
Carlos Kotkin ...


Joe is a children's book writer and illustrator in L.A. in the second year of major writer's block. His girlfriend, impatient with his lack of progress, gets bitchy, so he breaks off the relationship and agrees to accompany her brother to a small town in Wisconsin where stalwarts jump in Lake Michigan on Christmas morning. The house where they stay is isolated, and when Joe's pal is hospitalized with a badger bite, Joe is on his own. He befriends a local hermit, is attracted to the man's granddaughter, and must deal with the local sheriff's dislike of anyone from out of town. Plus, the sheriff is the young woman's dad - with a gun. Christmas approaches and things get complicated. Written by <>

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$240,000 (estimated)

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$2,463 (USA) (31 December 2010)


$101,160 (USA) (11 February 2011)

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When Joe is in the hospital near the end, he wakes up and looks at the bedside table to his left. There is a clear shot of three white pills in a plastic medicine cup. When the camera zooms out, the nurse enters the room and the medicine cup is no longer on the table. The nurse then sets the cup down with the same pills in it. See more »


[first lines]
Aaron Aaronson: We've here today with local Venice Beach children's author, Joe Peterson, who has exploded onto the scene with what is going to be a series of nine tough-love kids books. Hello Joe...
Joe Peterson: Hey, how are you.
Aaron Aaronson: Look at these kids. This is incredible. So what can you tell us about this tough-love aspect. It reminds me of the books that I read when I was a kid. No Coddling. This is not a warm and fuzzy book. It's not every day that you have a warm cuddly kitten devoured by a vicious piranha.
Joe Peterson: ...
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Charming multi-layered look at human relationships
5 September 2011 | by (Kotadeniyawa, Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

This movie begins in Venice, CA and ends in Lake Michigan, WI, along the way it examines the dynamics of several relationships between friends and family through slapstick comedy and some moments of real pathos. A genuinely funny movie which will have you laughing out loud, empathizing with the characters and hoping against hope that impending disasters are averted and yet when the worst happens laugh along with the characters at the delicious futility of man made plans. The picture celebrates community, family, friendship and relationships through a series of interactions that are commonplace and yet unique to the peculiarities of the writer/director's vision. I had a genuine sense of loss at the end of the movie and suspect that the writer has all the ingredients for a very successful TV series as there are many characters that could bear further development. I suppose that is the power of the writing as even minor characters are endowed with enough personality to intrigue. The nurse and the waiter are two cases to point. Tony Shalhoub brilliantly underplays his role but the ice cream cones must go to Katie Aselton and Ross Partridge who make it all work.

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