R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
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.
Fucking suburbanized shit!
When Steven is driving around, the car is clearly in park.
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."
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.
$30,120 (USA) (14 September 2003)
$71,305 (USA) (5 October 2003)
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