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Feed the Fish (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 25 January 2011 (USA)
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Follows the journey of Joe Peterson, a burned out children's book writer who's approaching a midlife crisis.

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Michael Matzdorff
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Shalhoub ... Sheriff Andersen
Barry Corbin ... Axel Andersen
Katie Aselton ... Sif Andersen (as Kathryn Aselton)
Vanessa Branch ... Lorraine
Patrick Cavanaugh ... Hamish the Paramedic
Michael Shalhoub Michael Shalhoub ... Dr. Koosa
Susan Shalhoub Larkin ... Nurse H. Josephs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan Bailey ... Ringo the Paramedic
Matt Braaten Matt Braaten ... Dr. Ronnie Schweiber
Michael Chernus ... JP
David Colton David Colton ... Himself - Background
Anthony Evangelista Anthony Evangelista ... Bartender
Dawn Forrester ... Dr. Fishburn (as Dawn Heusser)
Jade Gialdini Jade Gialdini ... Teenage hunter
Carlos Kotkin Carlos Kotkin ... Jeffy
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Storyline

Joe is a children's book writer and illustrator in L.A. in the second year of major writer's block. His girlfriend, impatient with his lack of progress, gets bitchy, so he breaks off the relationship and agrees to accompany her brother to a small town in Wisconsin where stalwarts jump in Lake Michigan on Christmas morning. The house where they stay is isolated, and when Joe's pal is hospitalized with a badger bite, Joe is on his own. He befriends a local hermit, is attracted to the man's granddaughter, and must deal with the local sheriff's dislike of anyone from out of town. Plus, the sheriff is the young woman's dad - with a gun. Christmas approaches and things get complicated. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,463, 31 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$101,160, 13 February 2011
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Triplefinger See more »
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Color
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Trivia

This film was shot entirely in Door County, Wisconsin, which is only an hour away from Tony Shaloub's home town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. See more »

Goofs

When Joe is in the hospital near the end, he wakes up and looks at the bedside table to his left. There is a clear shot of three white pills in a plastic medicine cup. When the camera zooms out, the nurse enters the room and the medicine cup is no longer on the table. The nurse then sets the cup down with the same pills in it. See more »

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[first lines]
Aaron Aaronson: We've here today with local Venice Beach children's author, Joe Peterson, who has exploded onto the scene with what is going to be a series of nine tough-love kids books. Hello Joe...
Joe Peterson: Hey, how are you.
Aaron Aaronson: Look at these kids. This is incredible. So what can you tell us about this tough-love aspect. It reminds me of the books that I read when I was a kid. No Coddling. This is not a warm and fuzzy book. It's not every day that you have a warm cuddly kitten devoured by a vicious piranha.
Joe Peterson: ...
[...]
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Referenced in Playback (2012) See more »

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Comedic, Romantic and Consistently Good Quality
24 November 2009 | by directordeshSee all my reviews

Caught the cast and crew premiere of this romantic comedy (a genre I most often hate with a passion --think "New In Town"-- ), at a fine old Green Bay, Wisconsin movie-house this weekend. I presumed I would dislike it. WHAT A SURPRISE. The writer/director must be a comic writer or have hundreds of "funny" bones throughout his body, because there were loud laughs (two or more) during every scene! The film isn't so much about romance, as it pretends to be. It's about community, acceptance, and forgiving others --along with yourself. But COMEDY is so hard to pull off. Yet, wonder of wonders, this film feels REAL. And that makes the humor even funnier. From slapstick to comedy-of-embarrassment, from classic bedroom farce to intellectual jokes, all played equally well. The audience greeted it with consistent, loud laughter throughout the rough-cut. No big stars here, save Tony Shalhoub, but all the players were excellent character actors, up-and-comers, and/or stock roles that shone as brightly as the old pros who came on board. Maybe well see more of Matzdorff.


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