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.
Some people can say a lot without moving their lips.
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Did You Know?
The store that Steven buys his dummy at is called "Halloween Adventure". It is located in New York City. See more
When Steven is driving Fangora home she flicks her cigarette butt out the window as he pulls over to the curb. When they are in the car talking she is not smoking but when she gets out of the car she is smoking again. See more
I wanted to sing. And you made me feel like a fool.
Honey, it's not my fault if you felt like a fool. I *always* supported you. I only wanted you to be more realistic.
In the middle of the credits of the US DVD, there is a short clip of Steven and The Dummy, doing a famous Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy bit, in which Steven says, "I thought we gave a very moving performance," and The Dummy replies, "The only thing moving was your lips. Asshole." The clip ends with a voice, presumably of director Greg Pritikin, saying "Cut, that's a cut." See more
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
Referenced in Bad Santa
Shein Vi Di L'Vone
Written by Joseph Rumshinsky
and Chaim Tauber
(as Chaim Towber)
Arranged by Paul Wallfisch
Performed by Milla Jovovich See more
21 February 2002 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $30,120,
14 September 2003
Gross USA: $71,646
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $71,646
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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