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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Phillips
Ellen Ratner ... Ellen Pinsky
Wade Kelley ... Captain Chaotic
Matthew Walker ... Matt Phillips (as Matt Walker)
Audrey Siegel ... Becca
... Fabian Mann
... Joel
... Don Chase
... Stupid Joe
... Dave the Intern
... Jane Crown Jones
... Daniel
... Mitchell
... Booker
... Eddie


Winner of the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, this realistic comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen. After a booking mishap involving a Christian fund raiser, he decides he's hit rock bottom. Seeking to shake things up, he moves to L.A. where his luck changes overnight. Thanks less to his inept manager than to a wild case of mistaken identity, he falls backwards into a string of packed gigs, a record deal and even the promise of love. But he who lives by the whimsy of show business dies by it, and reality hits him like a fist in the face: an innocent miscommunication over a bagel brands him a neo-Nazi in the world of tabloid journalism. Luckily, somewhere between rock bottom and nowhere lies the perfect terrain for his dark and hilarious songs.

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What he takes from his life, he gives back through his art. So far he's taken nothing but shit. See more »



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22 October 2010 (USA)  »


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$140,000 (estimated)
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Captain Chaotic: Okay, so Henry Phillips has the record deal, he's got the, uh, jolly green cash giant pooping in his hand and everything's going great. So, what happens next? I mean, are you gonna sell out to the man?
Henry: You know, it's funny, I don't think I would have the ability to do it.
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A must see for any and all fans of comedy
4 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I decided to give this film a whirl since it is streaming now on Netflix and it was the funnest time I have had watching a film in a while. We were laughing through so much of this movie. It is a very clever movie and so much of it rings true (if you are living in Los Angeles at least) This film does not really have a dull moment in it, and I enjoyed the pace as the movie moves along pretty quickly. I really became a fan of Henrys during this film as his comedy routines/songs in the movie were hilarious.There is a scene involving a Bagel misunderstanding that just killed me and it was the most clever scene i have seen in a long while. I really appreciated this movie and will watch it again definitely. I recommend watching this film to any and all fans of the comedy genre and then go tell a friend to do the same.

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