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Dummy (2002)

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An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.

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Greg Pritikin

Writer:

Greg Pritikin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Steven
Milla Jovovich ... Fangora
Illeana Douglas ... Heidi
Vera Farmiga ... Lorena
Jessica Walter ... Fern
Ron Leibman ... Lou
Jared Harris ... Michael
Mirabella Pisani Mirabella Pisani ... Bonnie
Helen Hanft ... Mrs. Gurkel
Richmond Hoxie ... Sorensen
Adam LeFevre ... Theater Director
Joanne Bayes Joanne Bayes ... Actress
Lou Martini Jr. ... Unemployed Italian (as Lou Marini Jr.)
Gabor Morea ... Unemployed Frottager (as Gabor Mobea)
Edward Hibbert ... Unemployed Actor
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Storyline

Steven, nearly 30 and living with his parents, sees an old Edgar Bergen movie on TV and decides to fulfill his longtime dream of becoming a ventriloquist. His beautiful unemployment counselor Lorena finds him work, but puts out a restraining order on him when he paints a thank-you note on her door. Later, this young mother agrees to date him anyway, but finds his bickering family, and his inexperience with women, daunting to a relationship. Steven's sister Heidi is a wedding planner with a drunken ex-fiancé who keeps showing up at the door. His friend Fangora is a pseudo-punk rocker whose sex does not prevent her from giving him terrible advice about women. The wedding of a Jewish girl, who wants Klezmer music and gets something unexpected, will become a turning point in everyone's lives. Written by J. Spurlin

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Sometimes you need a little help finding yourself. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Lionsgate Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

21 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brzuchomówca See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,120, 14 September 2003

Gross USA:

$71,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,646
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The store that Steven buys his dummy at is called "Halloween Adventure". It is located in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen brings home the dummy for the first time, he only opens the latch on the left side of the suitcase first. In the next shot, he opens both of the latches, even though the left would have already been unlatched. See more »

Quotes

Fannie: Oh hey, what are you doing on the Fourth?
Steven: I don't know.
Fannie: 'Cause I just ordered some kick ass fireworks. Like, even the chinks are scared of this shit.
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Crazy Credits

In the international DVD release, there are scenes of Fanny and Micheal talking outside about Tennessee Williams during and after the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

From the time this movie was shown at an AFM Premiere screening on 21 February 2002 to the time it was released to theaters on 12 September 2003, there were so many changes that the earlier screening could be considered as a work in progress. The cast was revised and eight new songs were added to the soundtrack. See more »

Connections

References Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Yo Slut
(2001)
Written by Paul Wallfisch
Performed by Milla Jovovich
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User Reviews

 
Veeeeeery funny!
27 November 2006 | by stuntgirl-2See all my reviews

Adrien Brody , Milla Jovovich, and Illeana Douglas are all hilarious in this great little comedy... Beautiful Milla shows her unique talent for being simultaneously really sexy and really funny, as she did 5 yrs earlier, in "The Fifth Element"... What I like most is that the humour is mainly subtle. The funniest bits are more understated than they are in the bigger-budget comedies with the in-your-face – appeal to the broadest possible audience stuff... "Dummy" is a fine example of not compromising, in order to harvest the biggest-possible box-office receipts. I give this side-splitting indie 8 big-ones and whole-heartedly recommend it.


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