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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.


Michael Matzdorff
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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


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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Release Date:

25 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, USA See more »


Box Office


$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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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 »


Where does JP go when he leaves the hospital? When Joe finally gets back to JP's family home late that day, the door Joe left open is still open, snow is inside, and the house is freezing. See more »


[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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unrealized potential
10 September 2011 | by jpurits-604-559217See all my reviews

Starting off this movie seemed kind of interesting and quirky. It definitely had the potential to be a good, off beat romantic comedy, but sadly it just falls flat.

The lack of character and relationship development makes the story seem rather sterile and leaves you not really believing or caring about the characters. Things just seemed kind of rushed, as if the director was trying to put too much story, and relationships, into a too little time frame which leaves the viewer withdrawn and unable to form an emotional bond with any of the characters. I would have liked to see more about the relationship between the sheriff and his father, as well as a longer courtship between Sif and Joe. The story line just seemed very disjointed and unable to take advantage of it's full potential.

I could not say I really did not like it, was just disappointed it was not as good as it could have been and turned out to be a bellow average romantic comedy.

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