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The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (1988)

Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Wright ... Dennis Jennings
Rowan Atkinson ... Dr. Schooner
Laurie Metcalf ... Emma
Carrotte Carrotte ... Laughing Psychiatrist
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Laughing Psychiatrist
Martha Gehman ... Lisa
Joe Grifasi ... Bartender
Thomas Ikeda Thomas Ikeda ... Laughing Psychiatrist
Dana Ivey ... Newscaster
Peter Maloney ... Dr. Wilson
Michael Mantell ... Businessman
Bill McCutcheon ... Man on TV
Mick Muldoon ... Repairman
Rochelle Oliver ... Woman on TV
David Hyde Pierce ... Businessman (as David Pierce)
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Storyline

Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings of isolation, he begins seeing a psychiatrist, only to discover that the doctor is somewhat less than interested in what he has to say. After finding his doctor sharing his intimate secrets with a group of fellow psychiatrists at a bar, he then learns the doctor has a another more unprofessional involvement in his life. Written by J. L. Travers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свидание Дэнниса Дженнингса See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color
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The movie features five actors that would appear in at least one Oliver Stone movie: Laurie Metcalf and Peter Maloney appeared in JFK (1991), David Hyde Pierce appeared in Nixon (1995), and Steven Wright and Joe Grifasi who had minor roles in Natural Born Killers (1994). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis Jennings: What a day, huh?
Doorman: Now, hit the bricks, pal.
Dennis Jennings: Looks like it's raining.
Doorman: What do you want?
Dennis Jennings: I'm looking for Dr. Schooner.
Doorman: 2H.
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Too weird for fans of Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.
8 September 2008 | by fedor8See all my reviews

In his "autobiography" "Private Parts" Howard Stern wrote of Wright: "witty but not funny". While I understand what Stern was getting at, he isn't entirely right. While most of Wright's one-liners are more of the amusing, grin-worthy type, at times Wright can be hilarious as well. In TAODJ, one such scene is the dialogue that he and Metcalf have in his flat, with a hot pizza between them. Other funny moments occur in Atkinson's office. The rest isn't laugh-out-loud funny, but it is nevertheless interesting and original. Before seeing this little film, I was unsure how good Wright would be in an actual acting role, a relatively common problem for stand-up comedians (see Dana Harvey, an excellent stand-up comedian, who can't quite get his act together in most films). But to my surprise, Wright is actually better in a film than in his stand-up shows. The stand-up routine is great, but he comes off far more natural and convincing playing an actual part. It's a pity that a full-length movie wasn't made with this DJ character, or at least a (probably short-lived) sitcom - WITHOUT an annoying laugh-track, of course.


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