Dummy (2002)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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An ex-office worker becomes a ventriloquist, leading to a date with his unemployment counselor; but his quirky family and a gauche female friend may thwart his new career and love life.


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  • Greg Pritikin at an event for Dummy (2002)
  • Illeana Douglas at an event for Dummy (2002)
  • Milla Jovovich and Adrien Brody in Dummy (2002)
  • Milla Jovovich and Greg Pritikin at an event for Dummy (2002)
  • Adrien Brody and Vera Farmiga in Dummy (2002)
  • Greg Pritikin at an event for Dummy (2002)

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15 August 2005 | phoenixmetro187
10
| A Truly Great Film
This movie is terrific. It's very funny and very powerful. Everything that happens is a necessary plot point to tell the story. Nothing is extraneous. Each character is uniquely entertaining and real, they each remind us of someone we know. We root for Stephen, we dislike Heidi, and we can't help but love Fanny. The characters are developed wonderfully. The performances are all terrific. I've never seen any of Adrien Brody's work before, but if it's all as great as this then he's destined for super stardom. Illeana Douglas is hilarious and perfect as usual. I was most blown away by Milla Jovovich. She's amazingly fun to watch on screen and her New Jersey accent is dead-on. Great dialog and flawless directing. Simply put it's a wonderful film with a unique theme, which is unique in itself.

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Trivia

The ventriloquist teacher in the classroom scene (Alan Semok) designed and built the film's title character and also played teacher in real life as Adrien Brody's personal trainer, teaching Brody ventriloquism and puppet manipulation in a three week crash course during preproduction.


Quotes

Heidi: Because every klezmer band in town is booked and I desperately need a band. But if I hire you, you have to be willing to "hora". Is that a problem?
Fannie: Oh man, at this point I'd fuck anyone.


Goofs

When Steven is driving Fangora home she flicks her cigarette butt out the window as he pulls over to the curb. When they are in the car talking she is not smoking but when she gets out of the car she is smoking again.


Crazy Credits

In the middle of the credits of the US DVD, there is a short clip of Steven and The Dummy, doing a famous Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy bit, in which Steven says, "I thought we gave a very moving performance," and The Dummy replies, "The only thing moving was your lips. Asshole." The clip ends with a voice, presumably of director Greg Pritikin, saying "Cut, that's a cut."


Alternate Versions

From the time this movie was shown at an AFM Premiere screening on 21 February 2002 to the time it was released to theaters on 12 September 2003, there were so many changes that the earlier screening could be considered as a work in progress. The cast was revised and eight new songs were added to the soundtrack.


Soundtracks

When Will I Belong
(2001) (uncredited)
Written by
Jason Batchko
Performed by The Girls

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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