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A lifelong loser dreams of finding fame and fortune by beating his arch-rival in a big fishing tournament. In order to win, he'll need the help of some unlikely heroes - A group of eccentric seniors who live in an abusive nursing home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Haugen ...
Tim Whittet ...
Jimmy Valentine
Peter Vander Meulen ...
Gary Dion ...
The General
Willie / Mama Bear
Michael London ...
Michael Langenbach ...
David Monroe
Game Warden


The story centers around Dewey Winfield, a lovable loser, who wants nothing more than to beat the guy who has bullied him since childhood in a big fishing tournament. In order to come up with the tournament's entrance fee, Dewey takes a job watching over the eccentric characters at a run-down assisted living home. The seniors here have been living under an abusive caretaker and yearn for a chance to have some fun. The fun comes when Dewey offers to take them all fishing. However, he only makes the offer in order to impress Monica, a school counselor representing the adopt-a-senior program at the local elementary school. When Monica visits with little Billy, she mistakes Dewey for a caring, competent caregiver... Once on the boat, Dewey's true colors shine through - and Monica sees what a moron he really is. The stakes are raised when Dewey's incompetence brings attention from state authorities and the assisted living home is threatened with closure. With no family and no other place ... Written by Joe Crouch

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Featuring the most over-the-top fart scene in cinematic history! See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport



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19 January 2012 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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About 75 or so minutes into the movie, after Dewey talks to the retirees right before sailing out for the fishing contest, when everyone leaves, you can see the cameraman's reflection in the store window. See more »

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A very funny heartwarming comedy!!!
5 August 2012 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

Dewey Winfield is an unemployed middle aged loser who lives with his hideous mother in a trailer park. His arch nemesis since childhood owns his own business, speed boats around with bikini clad girls and sponsors an annual fishing contest that he always wins. When his brother and sister in-law leave town for a week, Dewey takes a job at an assisted living, senior citizen's home, which he dubs, "The Death Camp". He does it to earn the money to pay for the fishing contest's entrance fee. The group of seniors have been abused by Dewey's sister in-law, nicknamed "The Dragon Lady." Dewey's easy going charm is a drastic change for the old coots, and it quickly wins them over, except for Agnes, who keeps a list of infractions to report to the Dragon Lady upon her return. Dewey and the gray hairs bond when Dewey takes them fishing and, except for one old guy who drowns, they have the time of their lives. Also in the mix is a woman named Monica, who brings a little boy to the old folk's home in an "Adopt a Senior Citizen" program. The old folks are scared to death of the boy as every time he adopts a senior citizen, they die soon afterwards. "He's the Grimm reaper back to steal another soul." one old fart says of him as he enters the community room. This is just a beautifully made heartwarming comedy of the highest order! I cannot recommend it highly enough - you will have yourself in stitches, especially the fart scene which is the funniest far scene in cinematic history!

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