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J. Lyle (1994)

| Comedy
A sleazy lawyer, who owns an apartment building, torments the inhabitants so they'll move out allowing him to build a toxic waste dump in its place.


Bill Plympton


Bill Plympton


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Credited cast:
John Bader ... Skip
Jennifer Corby Jennifer Corby ... Gwen Gardner
Richard Kuranda Richard Kuranda ... J. Lyle
Kirsten Mogg Kirsten Mogg ... Restaurant patron
Tone Torgersen Tone Torgersen ... Woman in Diner
Larry Weissman ... 8th Wedding Guest


J. Lyle is sitting in a chair, when his guts climb out of his body, crawl to his shoulder and begins to discuss what he should do. There is the Good: The Heart, The bad: The Brain and the Ugly: The Penis, and also a couple of others. In the end they sing a song about how it takes guts to sing this song. Written by Kynde

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He's a sleazoid...a scuzzball...a slug...and naturally, a lawyer! But then he met THE DOG!




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During the setup for the scene with Skip on skid row, the crew was attacked by a scissors-wielding transvestite who accused them of being on his turf. Before he was subdued by the police, he managed to cut Bill Plympton's elbow and seriously damage a Steadicam. See more »


Referenced in Guns on the Clackamas: A Documentary (1995) See more »

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Bottomlessly horrible
23 June 2000 | by mark-506See all my reviews

Bill Plympton is an excellent cartoonist. His kinky, disturbing animated shorts have long enjoyed a healthy following of both underground film fans and the MTV generation. So I looked forward to watching "J. Lyle," his first (and thus far only) live action feature, expecting some of the same nasty wit and perfect timing.

Boy, was I disappointed. "J. Lyle" is as uninspired, ugly and unenjoyable a "comedy" as they come. The story centers around an obnoxious New York yuppie who learns a few lessons about life and love from a "magical" dog (with cartoon eyes) and, as mentioned in the rudimentary IMDb synopsis, it does include a musical number featuring puppetized body organs. It's hard to recall what else happens because the movie is so completely amateurish that the plot defies recollection. I do remember lots of empty walls (painted in primary colors and flatly lit), a stiff cast (Plympton's buddies, probably, looking like they'd rather go home), moron-level writing, and cinematography that seems to be of the "place camera randomly, then nail to the floor" variety.

Bad timing, bad looks, bad actors, bad idea. I've already spent more time writing these comments than this never-to-be-seen-again film deserves. But if you're reading this, Mr. Plympton, I beg of you: never, ever try making a live action feature again. Please.

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New York City, New York, USA

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