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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Lorena is watching the videotape made of Steven apologizing to her for the message he left on her entrance door, you see her expression in several cutaways. The background showing her dining room to the right is always lit except for one cutaway in which the dining room is pitch black. See more »

Quotes

Fannie: Steven, you drive like my fucking grandma! Wait... that's actually an insult because my grandma drives better than you do!
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Crazy Credits

Assistant technical advisor ... Jerry Mahoney (who is Paul Winchell's dummy) 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

Referenced in Bad Santa (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Adrien Brody through his dummy
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excellent, excellent funny film
16 August 2004 | by rsenorSee all my reviews

I really loved this film. I kept walking past it at the video store and finally decided we HAD to watch a movie about pursuing a dream of being a ventriloquist.

That being said, it is definitely one of my favorites of the past few years, and definitely my favorite comedy. If you're considering renting it, and you like Wes Anderson, I think this is a film you would enjoy.

The cast is spot-on and Adrien Brody as Steven is fall out of your seat AMAZING. (It doesn't hurt that he's got excellent material to work with.) His tone is so understated, so perfectly introverted as Steven, and so wry and cutting as the dummy...you truly feel that you are watching two actors playing two characters. It makes the moments the dummy is unanimated quite wild and almost eerie.

To boot, this movie is actually quite a good romantic comedy, which in my humble opinion is usually an oxymoron. Steven's pathological shyness and abuse at the hands of his own dummy really made my heart ache, even as my sides were splitting from laughter.

Its hard to believe its the director's first film. Again, all the actors (particularly Brody and Douglas, and Jovovich certainly holds her own as well) go a long way in making it work. It is disappointing to see the lack of attention this movie has gotten. I hope it becomes a video sleeper. It is definitely worth renting...more than once!


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