The Roxbury Guys, Steve and Doug Butabi, want to get into the best club in town, and also hope to open their own club. Vivica, a gold-digging supermodel, and her friend Cambi try to work the Roxbury Guys for their money, only to find out the pair is broke.Written by
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In one scene, Kamehl Butabi (Dan Hedaya) and friends are listening to Emily (Molly Shannon) play the piano. She was playing the song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name", the theme song from Cheers (1982). Hedaya played Nick Tortelli on the show from 1984 to 1987. See more »
When Dooey had Doug and Steve kicked out of Zadir's office, we see him following the guards down the hall. He jumps from halfway down the hall, back to Zadir's door to tell Zadir that it was just a couple trespassers. See more »
I'm going out on a limb here. I've just bombed "Joe Dirt," and now I'm going to do an about-face on modern comedies and argue that "A Night at the Roxbury" is brilliant. Most critics didn't see a distinction between these two bombs, but I do.
Comedy oftentimes depends on suffering. Comic protagonists always take a beating, and we either laugh with them, or at them, or maybe we laugh not at all because we couldn't care less. The essential question is, are the protagonists of "A Night at the Roxbury" lovable losers or just totally annoying dweebs who deserve all the grief they get?
You know my answer already. I love the Butabi brothers. They have a strong fraternal bond, they're obsessed with Emilio Estevez, and they can't get any play. What's not to love?
Dan Hedaya is great as the brothers' disgruntled dad, and Chazz Palminteri does a hilarious cameo as an entrepreneur obsessed with ass-grabbing. Richard Grieco demonstrates a remarkable sense of humor about himself by allowing the Butabis to build him up as a big celebrity, when the joke is obviously that he's a total has-been. What a sport, eh?
Nice song, too. I like this stupid movie. Really, I do.
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