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Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire (1999)

Goat on Fire and Smiling Fish (original title)
Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris Remi
... Alison
... Tony Remi
Heather Moudy ... Nicole (as Heather Jae Marie)
... Burt
Melba Englander ... Nurse
... Clive Winter
... Kathy
Miriam Billington ... Mother
Francesca Billington ... Baby
Phillip Pennestri ... Phil
... Rugby Guy #1
Deanna Aho ... Girl on Porch
... Party Girl #1
... Party Girl #2
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Two brothers share a house in LA's Fairfax district: Tony's a feckless actor, Chris is an accountant. Both are in relationships on rocky ground. As these emotions swirl, Tony meets his US Postal Service letter carrier, a single mom named Kathy who's come to LA from Wyoming with her daughter, a budding actress. Chris meets Anna, an Italian beauty working in the States for a few months wrangling animals on movie sets. Chris also befriends Clive, an aging and crusty man whose longing for his recently-deceased wife is a portrait of true love. Can Clive's example help Chris sort out his love life, and can Tony grow up enough to see the possibilities with Kathy and her daughter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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two brothers, four women and the search for Magnetic Perfection

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,994, 27 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,233, 12 November 2000
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Roger Ebert invited Derick and Steven Martini to show the film at his 2000 "Floating Film Festival" which takes place on a cruise ship. When informed they'd have to share a small cabin with Jeff Dowd and 'Harry Knowles', the Martini's passed. Ebert was joking, of course, and the film and the Martinis showed up on the cruise. See more »

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Chris Remi: Come on by, I'll do your taxes.
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Likeable but lightweight

This is one of those flicks that are worth catching on cable if it happens to be on when you have nothing else to do. It's not worth renting. it is a likeable and watchable film that was obviously influenced by "The Brothers McMullen," although it's not as good and, in the final analysis, is ultimately silly. It provides an excellent performance by the veteran African-American character actor Bill Henderson, who plays Clive, a stereotypical elderly font of wisdom who imparts some of that wisdom to the driven and compulsive but Ultimately Decent Chris and the frivolous and irresponsible but Ultimately Decent Tony. He also provides a 'deus ex machina' ending as well. Do you remember the Danny Glover character in "Grand Canyon?" The Henderson character is the same character 50 years older.


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