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Mr. Jealousy (1997)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 5 June 1998 (USA)
Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author ... See full summary »

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Noah Baumbach

Writer:

Noah Baumbach

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Lester Grimm, aka Vince
Annabella Sciorra ... Ramona Ray
Chris Eigeman ... Dashiell Frank
Carlos Jacott ... Vince, aka Leo
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Lucretia
Brian Kerwin ... Stephen
John Lehr ... Lint
Peter Bogdanovich ... Dr. Howard Poke
Vincent Polidoro Vincent Polidoro ... Young Lester Grimm
Yvette Brooks Grant Yvette Brooks Grant ... Paulina
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Club Promoter
Delaine Yates ... Ariana
Nico Baumbach Nico Baumbach ... Ex-Boyfriend
Joel Kastelberg ... Curt (as Joel Castleberg)
Dean Wareham Dean Wareham ... Music Video Director
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Storyline

Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author Dashiell. Lester joins Dashiell's therapy group under an alias to find out if Dashiell still has any feelings for her. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Celos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,732, 7 June 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$287,752, 19 July 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

On The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance marquee that appears in the film, a quote ("a classic") is attributed to G Brown. The critic in question is Georgia Brown, famed Village Voice film critic and mother of writer/director Noah Baumbach. See more »

Goofs

Numerous occurrences. At one point, not only is the mike visible, the *boom* is visible. See more »

Quotes

Narator: [reading from Dashiell's book] In the last paragraph Dashiell quoted from Gustave Flaubert's The Sentimental Education, "In every parting there comes a moment when the beloved is already gone from us."
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits Lester, Vince and Lint are shown in an additional scene in the diner. They apparently have been playing dominos and Lint is somehow offended and is packing up his set while accusing Vince of still having a 20-sided die from their D&D days. See more »

Connections

References Sunrise (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Raining
Performed by Irma Thomas
Written by Allen Toussaint (as N. Neville, aka Naomi Neville)
Published by EMI Unart Catalog Inc.
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI/Capitol
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Near Perfect
25 October 2004 | by LynxMatthewsSee all my reviews

If you haven't seen this film yet, just wait a few minutes until IFC shows it again. They seem to like it there.

And me, I like it too. I find it to be a really smart, romantic and bittersweet film with a lot of funny moments and genuinely good acting. There is a certain pretentiousness, but it is self-effacing. Eigeman, for instance does a turn on his pompous shtick, adding subtle elements that make him a level-9 fop. Stoltz and Sciorra are perfect together. Jacott is hilarious in just about every scene he's in, particularly his wedding vows.

I like movies where the central conceit of the movie does not become the entire movie. Jealousy is a theme in Stoltz's character, but it is not all of what drives him, which I guess is why some people have a problem with the title. Similarly, the plot device of invading someone's therapy group would be used as an entire basis for farce in a less subtle director's hands. Here it is merely another hilarious bit of detail off of which branch many smaller truths.

For as much as IFC shows this, I can't stop watching it any time I begin.


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