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A modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story among stand-up comics, with a bartender helping her much better-looking friend seem smart.

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Duane Clark

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Kevin Hench
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Cast

Credited cast:
Camryn Manheim ... Samantha 'Sam' Berger
Scott Cohen ... Michael True
Alexondra Lee ... Jennie
John Catucci ... Comedy Club Host
Christopher Shyer ... Tommy
Wayne Federman ... Wayne Frommer
Fred Stoller
Phyllis Diller ... Herself
Pablo Francisco
Heath Hyche
Marlee Matlin ... Casey
Emanuel Arruda Emanuel Arruda ... Alan Stern, Talent Agent
Dabney Coleman ... Henry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Boyd Banks ... Stand-Up Comic
Maggie Cassella ... Stand-Up Comic
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Storyline

Samantha Berger, a bartender in a New York comedy club, would like to do stand-up comedy herself, but fears hostility because she's fat; instead she writes material for others. When Jennie, who is attractive but not so smart, sees a career opportunity, Samantha helps Jennie pretend to have written the material herself... but the deception becomes more involved as matters turn to romance. Written by Anonymous

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She's the woman behind the woman behind the microphone.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

23 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Laugh See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Like she does in the film, in real life Camryn Manheim once worked as a sign language interpreter at hospital delivery rooms; communicating with, and translating for the deaf. See more »

Quotes

Comedian: I can't believe they're making another Friday the 13th sequel. These kids are so easy to kill you could strangle one with a cordless phone.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Funny, touching, believable, addicting!
5 May 2001 | by AMcElvainSee all my reviews

I waited six months for this movie, and I was completely thrilled with it! This film was structured to showcase Camryn Manheim's considerable talent, along with her warmth and intelligence, and a few unique quirks thrown in just to make life more interesting.

Scott Cohen was the perfect "Roxanne" for Camryn's "Cyrano" in this modern, feminine twist on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story set in a comedy club. Cohen was strong, intelligent, funny, sensitive and vulnerable, the perfect man for any woman. His smile and laughter were engaging and infectious. Scott Cohen fans in particular will appreciate his big entrance, which was quite dramatic and breathtaking. "Now the rest of the world will sense how we feel when he enters the room," one woman gushed in a mailing list after this show aired.

The situations in which these characters find themselves are very believable, and the pain Samantha Berger (Manheim) experiences in her daily life accurately represents what goes on in the real world for larger-than-average women. Scott Cohen has a way of looking at his leading lady that makes the rest of us melt in our chairs and wish we were in her place. The chemistry between these two is electric.

I sincerely hope ABC will release this film on VHS or DVD for those of us who would love to play it again and again.


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