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.
Sometimes you need a little help finding yourself.
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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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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 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
Steven, you drive like my fucking grandma! Wait... that's actually an insult because my grandma drives better than you do!
Assistant technical advisor ... Jerry Mahoney (who is Paul Winchell's dummy) 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
She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes
Sung a cappella by Adrien Brody
through his dummy See more