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Chump Change (2000)

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A failed Hollywood actor returns to his home town in Wisconsin and reminisces about his life in L.A. to a potential new girlfriend about his faults, auditions, misadventures, and confrontations with the evils of Hollywood.

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Stephen Burrows (as Stephen D. Burrows)

Writer:

Stephen Burrows
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Burrows Stephen Burrows ... Milwaukee Steve
Tim Matheson ... Simon 'Sez' Simone
Traci Lords ... Sam (as Traci Elizabeth Lords)
A.J. Benza A.J. Benza ... Steve's Agent
Fred Willard ... Steve's Manager
Clancy Brown ... The Man
McNally Sagal ... Maloney
Jon Chardiet ... Mr. C.
Willie Etra Willie Etra ... 88 Fingers
Stef Zamorano Stef Zamorano ... Coco Delapino (as Stefane Zamorano)
Theo Greenly Theo Greenly ... Chuckie Self
Mandy Levin ... Bistro Waitress
Michael McDonald ... Dack (as Michael James McDonald)
Jerry Stiller ... The Colonel
Miriam Flynn ... Bussler Waitress
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Storyline

Rags to riches to rags comedy loosely based on the director Steve Burrows' actual experiences while writing screenplays in Los Angeles. Burrows (aka "Milwaukee Steve") finally makes it big as "The Crotch Fresh" commercial guy, but then can't catch another break -- not even when he auditions for a new Crotch Fresh commercial! He decides the only way to make a comeback as an actor is to fake his own death, then make a glorious return. Before that idea pans out, Milwaukee goes on "Wheel of Fortune", and become notorious when he's sued by the Merv Griffin Corp. "Milwaukee Steve" becomes a hot ticket, with numerous folks riding his coattails. However, after a studio hires him to write a script, nothing works out as planned. Desperate, broke, and depressed, Steve returns to Milwaukee, in mid-winter, to gain comfort from family and friends -- only to find his mother has rented out his room while on her annual trip to the Netherlands. "Milwaukee" then recounts his Los Angeles' saga to his ... Written by RJ-15

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Rated R for language and some sexual humor
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English

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7 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Miramax Films acquired Chump Change (2000) after winning the HBO Comedy Film Festival. See more »

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Simon 'Sez' Simone: These are the rules of comedy. Ok? For instance: right place wrong time - funny. Wrong place right time - funny. Wrong place wrong time - not funny! Stupid - funny, retarded - not funny! Fat - funny, bald - funny, hair - not funny. But, toupees and wigs - very funny, don't ask me why! Falling down - it's funny. Old is funny. Grandpa - funny, grandma - funny. Grandpa gettin' whacked in the crotch - funny. Grandma gettin' whacked in the crotch - not funny, but, grandma gettin' whacked in the head...
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Am I God
Written by Burrows
Performed by Milwaukes
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Very good
16 December 2003 | by jamie_likeskylieSee all my reviews

I can't believe this has such a low rating. It's really a great movie. It was actually made my Dimension Films in 2000 but will not receive a release, be it on DVD, until 2004. Dimension did not feel it had enough appeal to be a hit. Maybe not, but the performances are really good all round. The film follows a guy who stars in a hit commercial and his bid for Hollywood stardom. It's fresh and very funny. And Traci Lords looks just as beautiful with no makeup.


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