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Advice from a Caterpillar (2001)

Patrick Breen , Andy Dick , Don Scardino  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick Breen, Andy Dick, Alice Drummond, William Duell, Enid Graham
  • Directors: Don Scardino
  • Writers: Douglas Carter Beane
  • Producers: Andrew Siciliano, Blair Breard, Edgar Lansbury, Guy East, Jana Edelbaum
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dej
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005PJ7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Advice from a Caterpillar" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Cynthia Nixon portrays Missy, a celebrated artist, whose claim to fame is taking her family's cheesy home movies, copying them on video, and then adding wry commentary. Her best friend Spaz (Andy Dick) can't seem to keep a relationship or art gig going, and has turned to catering to pay the bills. Commitment phobe Missy is happy with her affair with married "suit" (Jon Tenney), provided he remains casual about their relationship. Add to the mix bi-sexual Brat (Timothy Olyphant) who has captured both Spaz and Missy's eyes. Missy and Brat are attracted to each other, but is she willing to ruin a long-term friendship for a roll in the hay? Apparently. Instead of joining Spaz and Suit for a weekend in the country, Missy and Brat have a roll in the city. With next morning blues, Missy races to Spaz to confess. Can anyone really believe that Tenney and Olyphant would vie for a whiney fashion don't like Nixon? Just another pretentious piece of tripe released under the guise of independent film making. There is zero chemistry between Nixon and either man. Compare that to her on-screen chemistry with Johnny Messner in "One Last Thing," which does a much better job of displaying her acting talent. This was jut a huge disappointment from start to finish. The only thing original about this story is the title, derived from "Alice in Wonderland," which plays a key role in the film. If you have a burning desire to see this, put it at the bottom of your NETFLIX queue and catch up on Sex in the City reruns instead.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic January 10, 2002
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Format:DVD
I liked this movie; sweetly romantic with a bit of a twist: two artist friends (straight woman, gay man) are trying to be sophisticated and avoid any hint of having real feelings in any of their relationships. But whoops! They really do want feelings and one of them ends up with them, despite trying to deny it. Personally, I think there's a hint that both of them end up with them, but the story stops before that can be developed unfortunately. The biggest problem is that this dvd is the worst dvd I've ever rented: no menus and it's got a &*^%&^%$^&*%^&%!!! intro with ads for other movies that you can't skip. Fortunately my DVD player would let me fast forward over it, but if this weren't such a good movie, I wouldn't buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Zero chemistry; unoriginal plot February 19, 2007
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Cynthia Nixon portrays Missy, a celebrated artist, whose claim to fame is taking her family's cheesy home movies, copying them on video, and then adding wry commentary. Her best friend Spaz (Andy Dick) can't seem to keep a relationship or art gig going, and has turned to catering to pay the bills. Commitment phobe Missy is happy with her affair with married "suit" (Jon Tenney), provided he remains casual about their relationship. Add to the mix bi-sexual Brat (Timothy Olyphant) who has captured both Spaz and Missy's eyes. Missy and Brat are attracted to each other, but is she willing to ruin a long-term friendship for a roll in the hay? Apparently. Instead of joining Spaz and Suit for a weekend in the country, Missy and Brat have a roll in the city. With next morning blues, Missy races to Spaz to confess.

Can anyone really believe that Tenney and Olyphant would vie for a whiney fashion don't like Nixon? Just another pretentious piece of tripe released under the guise of independent film making. There is zero chemistry between Nixon and either man. Compare that to her on-screen chemistry with Johnny Messner in "One Last Thing," which does a much better job of displaying her acting talent. This was jut a huge disappointment from start to finish.

The only thing original about this story is the title, derived from "Alice in Wonderland," which plays a key role in the film. If you have a burning desire to see this, put it at the bottom of your NETFLIX queue and catch up on Sex in the City reruns instead.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie September 24, 2002
Format:DVD
Being a big Miranda Hobbes (Sex and the City) fan, I first rented this movie only because Cynthia Nixon is in it. I loved it so much that I had to buy it. It starts off a little zany, but once you get into it you don't want it to end. It is definitely worth checking out and it has a lot of good quotes in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie a lot!! December 2, 2012
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I got this movie because I'm a big Timothy Olyphant fan thinking that it would be pretty lame but I actually loved it. I loved all of the chatacters. They all seemed very authentic. Not that there were not a couple of cheesy moments but for the most part anyone who is looking for a romantic and who enjoys any or all of the actors in this movie will not be disappointed :)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah for Neurotic Women! March 29, 2005
Format:DVD
There are some women, great women I might add, who totally freak about relationships and run away from the very idea of them. I am one of those women. And, alas, a movie has been made about my kind.

Advice from a Caterpillar is great because the lead is as psycho about relationships as I am. Maybe even more so. The lead actress (sorry, don't know the actress' name) is dating a man she calls the suit who is married because she knows his being married protects her from anything too serious. Her best friend (Andy Dick) is a gay man and therefore off limits in terms of a relationship.

Then the gay friend meets a bisexual someone who they are both in love with. Enter Timothy Olyphant. Olyphant is pretty much a yummy piece of eye candy anyway, but in this movie he is absolutely edible!

What ensues as the relationship-phobic woman falls in love is great. It is me.

The title of the film comes from a line in Alice in Wonderland, "Come back!" the Caterpillar called after her. "I've something important to say!"

And the movie itself has something important to say. "WATCH ME!"
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