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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steven
... Fangora
... Heidi
... Lorena
... Fern
... Lou
... Michael
Mirabella Pisani ... Bonnie
... Mrs. Gurkel
... Sorensen
... Theater Director
Joanne Bayes ... Actress
... Unemployed Italian (as Lou Marini Jr.)
... Unemployed Frottager (as Gabor Mobea)
... Unemployed Actor
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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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A comedy about finding your voice before you lose your mind. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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21 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brzuchomówca  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,120, 14 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,305, 5 October 2003
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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 Steven and Lorena dance at the wedding, the same red-haired woman is led across the dance floor twice. See more »

Quotes

Fern: Are you Jewish?
Lorena: No, I'm Italian.
Fern: Same thing.
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Special thanks to Fern Batchko's closet for wardrobe. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) See more »

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The Liberty Bell
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Highland Park High School Band
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Unexpectedly life-affirming...
20 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Adrien Brody is quietly wonderful as an unemployed nebbish in his late twenties who stills lives with his parents and has a fascination with ventriloquism; he finally buys a dummy of his own and practices the craft he's dreamed about, yet also realizes (via his new wooden companion) that it may be time to start growing up. Greg Pritikin wrote and directed this low-budget satire of suburban craziness, and seems to harbor an affection for bughouse characters all living on the edge. It isn't an original vision (Hal Hartley was mining this dryly eccentric territory 10 years ago), but it's still surprising how successfully Pritikin manages to pull this intentionally bumpy story together. Milla Jovovich is initially off-putting playing Brody's friend, a foul-mouthed garage rocker, but when she gets her band a job playing klesmer songs at a wedding--and immerses herself in the Jewish language--she reveals an appealing, sassy side that totally fits into Pritikin's offbeat universe. Illeana Douglas and Vera Farmiga are also very fine, and though the construction of the script is caricature-oriented, most of these actors overcome the slight material, revealing something unexpected in the process: a sunny story about weirdos that ultimately celebrates humanity. **1/2 from ****


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