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Meet Bill (2007)

Bill (original title)
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A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.

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Melisa Wallack
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Bill
Jessica Alba ... Lucy
Elizabeth Banks ... Jess
Logan Lerman ... The Kid
Holmes Osborne ... Mr. Jacoby
Todd Louiso ... John Jr.
Timothy Olyphant ... Chip Johnson
Reed Diamond ... Paul
Kristen Wiig ... Jane Whittman
Jason Sudeikis ... Jim Whittman
Andy Zou Andy Zou ... Donald Choo
Ana Mackenzie ... Sarah Sheldon (as Ana Lucasey)
Constance Barron ... Mrs. Jacoby
Conor O'Farrell ... Principal
Julia Pace Mitchell ... Dana
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Storyline

Bill is unhappy: he has married a banker's daughter and has a dead end job at the bank; his wife Jess is tied to daddy's wallet; and, Bill is developing a gut from lack of exercise and constantly eating candy bars. He dreams of buying a donut franchise to be independent of Jess's dad. Bill is roped into a mentoring program at his old prep school, assigned a smart-mouthed kid who pops up when least expected. When Jess starts an affair with Chip, a local TV personality and vain Rob Lowe look-alike, it sends Bill, the kid, and a young sales clerk from a lingerie shop on a quest to win back Jess and get the donuts. What about self-respect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A comedy about someone you know.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2008 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Albans, Missouri, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,201, 6 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,108, 13 April 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie Bill's father in law's character is named John Jacobi. Jan Jacobi is the head of the MICDS middle school, where many of the Tate Academy scenes were shot. See more »

Goofs

While discussing the details of the doughnut franchise with Jim and Jane Whittman, Bill takes two bites of a doughnut. When the angle changes at the end of the scene, there is only one bite in it. See more »

Quotes

Bill: [sees him on the roof of the bank] What are you doing?
The Kid: [referring to the sign] I'm fixing your head!
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Connections

References The Blob (1958) See more »

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Drifting
Written and Performed by Niklas Ahman
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Light fun with a surprise or two
7 May 2008 | by sioenrouxSee all my reviews

I'm not much of a comedy fan, mostly because in recent years they've strayed too far into smart-ass one-liner dumb-formula potty-humor cardboard-cutout territory, which is fine if you like that sort of thing, but I don't.

This, though, is an old-fashioned comedy with heart. Can Bill make his life better with the help of a precocious teen? Sure he can. But the way he gets there isn't just the standard formula, and that makes it a fun watch.

It also helps that the technical work is all top-notch, and the supporting cast is pitch perfect, from the staid father-in-law to the somewhat manic doughnut franchisers.

This isn't a movie that will make you guffaw and belly laugh for an hour and a half, but it does make you feel inspired and offers a few chuckles along the way. In that regard, it reminds me of "Charlie Bartlett," "Juno" and "Rocket Science."

I'm glad this style of comedy didn't die out because of the Farrelly Brothers' success. Their kind of comedy is redundant and dumb -- this type leaves you happy for a while. And Hollywood should do that more often.


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