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A Stand Up Guy (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 9 February 2016 (USA)
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A low-level mobster takes a stab at stand-up comedy while in the Witness Protection Program.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Sammy
Annie Heise ... Vicky
Nick Cordero Nick Cordero ... Sal
Luke Robertson ... Dom
Jay R. Ferguson ... Manny
Moran Atias ... Maria
Ethan Suplee ... Marshal
Elizabeth Alton ... Maddison
Ray Iannicelli ... Frank
Ben Lyons ... The Host- Ian Cams
Andrew Fiscella ... Uncle Pat
Mamie Parris ... Tricia
Stevie Guttman ... Bob
Ethan Russell ... Earl
Bob Saget ... Mel


Sammy Lagucci is a lovable loser who just wants to do right by his daughter. When he finds out the gangsters he runs with are planning to take him out, he enters the Witness Protection program to protect himself and his family. Going from The Big Apple to a small town in Wisconsin gets him down at first, but on a dare he does an impromptu stand-up comedy routine and finds he has a knack for it. His act goes viral, and what should be a blessing turns into a curse when his newfound fame gets the attention of the mob.

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Hiding from the mob has never been a laughing matter. Until now.




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Release Date:

9 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Set See more »

Filming Locations:

Airmont, New York, USA

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2B Films See more »
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At about 16 minutes in, Sammy is walking down the sidewalk and passes a guy in a baseball cap leaning against the wall next to the bar. Camera changes view to Sammy entering the bar and the guy in the hat disappears. See more »


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Better than expected
2 March 2016 | by MongoLloydSee all my reviews

I have to say, I never expected this to be even watchable but was pleasantly surprised by the writing and quirk quotient. The lead, unknown to me, was decent enough and the cast proved to be very entertaining. The narrative isn't anything too unique (fish out of water succeeds), but the story is engaging enough to make you care about the protagonist and stick with it. The payoff to me are mostly the scenes with Michael Rapaport and Jay R. Ferguson who bring a hilarious bizarro edge to the story. One thing this film deserved was a better ending, not to give anything away, but it is fairly anticlimactic.

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