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Highball (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama
A newly married couple tries to enhance their social life by throwing fabulous parties and inviting all their friends in Brooklyn to their home.

Director:

Noah Baumbach (as Ernie Fusco)

Writers:

Noah Baumbach (as Jesse Carter), Carlos Jacott (as Jesse Carter) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Justine Bateman ... Sandy
Noah Baumbach ... Philip
Peter Bogdanovich ... Frank
Andrea Bowen ... Witch / Fairy
Dean Cameron ... The Magician
Rae Dawn Chong ... Herself
Chris Eigeman ... Fletcher
James P. Engel ... Charlie the Ghost
Carlos Jacott ... Felix
Lauren Katz Lauren Katz ... Diane
Catherine Kellner ... Lolly
John Lehr ... Miles
Ryan Postal ... Spiderman
Christopher Reed Christopher Reed ... Travis (as Chris Reed)
Annabella Sciorra ... Molly
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A newly married couple tries to enhance their social life by throwing fabulous parties and inviting all their friends in Brooklyn to their home.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Highball See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Mono

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Color
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Thanks to the cast and crew for shooting Highball in just six days See more »

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Referenced in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) See more »

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Funny...but not for fans of Hollywood "comedies"
27 December 2002 | by james_oblivionSee all my reviews

Okay, now this is a very funny movie...if you can appreciate its brand of humor. If big-budget Hollywood comedies are your bag, and you need a bunch of sight gags and constant over-the-top situations in order to laugh, then you'll probably see this movie as a boring, poorly-made waste of time. But it's not...and if you're a fan of stage plays or older-style comedy films (before the attention span of the average film-goer plummeted), then you'll certainly get some laughs from this outing.

Filmed on a shoestring budget over six shooting days, this film is an impressive result. If it had been shot in three months, and had turned out the way it had, it wouldn't seem quite as impressive...but it would still be a funny movie. What I'm saying here is that not only is it a good comedy, it's also one of those rare films that's shot quickly, for very little money, and STILL manages to shine.

As a filmmaker, I would have never attempted to shoot a comedy on such a tight schedule, with so little money. Comedies are very tricky...by comparison, dramas are much easier...at least in my mind. But this little no-budget comedic gem packs in enough laughs to please fans of stage comedies and classic cinematic comedies. Truly an impressive film which delivered more than I'd expected it to.


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