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Dummy (2004)

Adrien Brody , Milla Jovovich , Greg Pritikin  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Milla Jovovich, Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga, Jessica Walter
  • Directors: Greg Pritikin
  • Writers: Greg Pritikin
  • Producers: Bob Fagan, Jellybean Benítez, Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly, Richard Temtchine, Valerie Romer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00015HWX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Oscar®-winner Adrien Brody has a nifty role in Dummy as a shy loser whose life is transformed by... ventriloquism. Living with his parents and his caustic sister (Illeana Douglas in good form), tongue-tied Steven can't hold a conversation to save his life--until he sits a wooden dummy on his knee. Others find this kind of creepy, but Steven parlays his newfound voice into a date with his pretty lady at the unemployment office (she's played by Vera Farmiga, from 15 Minutes, a soulful actress destined for big things). Writer-director Greg Pritikin doesn't oversell this modest premise, instead nicely filling in the corners with sly comedy and character bits. Milla Jovovich plays Steven's punk-rock buddy, and Jessica Walter and Ron Leibman are his parents--it's a surprisingly strong cast for an indie effort. Dummy won a release when Brody got the Oscar for The Pianist, but this is a worthy and entertaining picture all on its own. --Robert Horton

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Academy Award-«-winner Adrien Brody stars in this delightful romantic comedy as a lovable loser who finds his inner voice by becoming a ventriloquist. Steven Schoichet (Brody) is in a rut - he lives at home with his crazed parents and weird sister Heidi (

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MILLA JOVOVICH had me LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!! February 24, 2004
Dummy is a charming little movie about a quiet loser played by Adrien Brody who dreams of being a ventriloquist.
The story revolves around Steven's (Brody) life, his relationships, his family, his future and his hilarious friend FANGORA (Milla Jovovich).
The movie is off the beaten path, unique, subtle, quiet and a throw back to those simple little movies from the 80s that weren't about a whole lot, but were just enjoyable. And I assure you, after watching DUMMY, you WILL NOT forget it.
You will talk about it with your friends and YOU WILL LAUGH!!
The movie is gifted with memorable and rich characters. Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga, Jessica Walter & Ron Leibman are a big part of this, but the most memorable, hilarious and unforgettable role belongs to MILLA JOVOVICH.
Milla plays an ill-tempered punk rock chick with a heart of gold and a mouth like a sailor. Milla had me in stitches and I believe that a lot of her acting was improvised. She was into this character and EARNS SOME SERIOUS BROWNIE POINTS for future more meatier roles. She steals the show.
What was already a pretty good movie anyway, was made an exceptional movie by a HOMERUN performance by an actress that is getting better, better and better. This girl has MONGO GUTS, and it shows.
Check out DUMMY. If you like to laugh. You won't go wrong.
I normally reserve 5 stars for classics, but this barely recognized little movie deserves 5 stars, for what it is, what it accomplished and for making me laugh where hundreds of more commercial comedies failed miserably.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an unanticipated delight April 3, 2004
Is there anything in this world creepier than a ventriloquist's dummy? Rod Serling apparently didn't think so when he turned one into a raving psychopath in a memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone." In "Dummy," the delightfully quirky comedy by writer/director Greg Pritikin, the dummy turns out to be just about the least creepy character in the film - and I mean that in the nicest way possible.
Adrien Brody, in a film made prior to (but released after) his Oscar-winning triumph in "The Pianist," stars as Steven Schoichet, a mild-mannered, socially backward man in his late 20's who still lives at home with his parents and his equally dysfunctional sister. One day, Steven decides to purchase a ventriloquist's dummy, a move that finally gives him the courage to break out of his shell and pursue the woman of his dreams.
Pritikin has come up with an extraordinary ensemble cast that includes, in addition to Brody, Illeana Douglas, as Steven's lovelorn, perpetually frustrated sister; Milla Jovovich, as Steven's foulmouthed wannabe punk rock star friend and companion; Jessica Walter as Steven's off-the-wall mother who figures she can keep her son happy if she perpetually feeds him sandwiches; and Ron Leibman as Steven's father who just wants to spend his time putting together model ships and who can't understand how he's ended up with two children so obviously devoid of purpose and direction in life. Vera Farmiga is charming and winning as the unemployment counselor - perhaps the one "uncertifiable" character in the film - who opens her heart to both Steven and his dummy companion.
Pritikin has taken some very simple material and woven it into a many-splendored tapestry, hitting just the right tone all the way through.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really funny February 5, 2004
By Daniel
The interactions between the characters in this film are what make it so great. I especially loved Milla's character, a punk-rock chick who convinces Adrian's character to do many crazy things. Also, Milla's character sings towards the end of the movie and she does a rockin job at that.
Overall, the plot was nothing special, but the weird cast of characters made it more interesting then it would have been otherwise. In this sense, you can watch this movie over a couple of times since its not really about what happens but how it happens and how oddly the people act.
All of the actors did a terrific job, but most of all Adrian and Milla were excellent.
I doubt you'll be seeing this dvd in the video store, and unless you were one of the few people who saw this film during its limited release, I suggest you pick up a copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! June 1, 2006
I found "Dummy" a really enjoyable film. Seeing Oscar winner Adrien Brody doing something different was refreshing. Other excellent performances from Illeana Douglas (always good), Milla Jonovich as the wacky singer and I laughed out loud with the comedy bits between the bride, Poppi Kramer & groom, Lawrence Leritz, who falls asleep at the wedding reception. Good low budget indie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Dummy June 1, 2006
"Dummy" is one of the weirdest, most heartwarming indie films that most moviegoers have never seen. Unless they are rabid Adrian Brody fans.

That's unfortunate, because this wild, slightly surreal film is enormous fun. It starts off with a quirky family, like a suburban Wes Anderson story, but slowly becomes something more heartwarming as the hero learns to follow his bliss. It's weird enough to be cool, but sweet enough to give you the warm fuzzies.

Steven Schoichet (Adrian Brody) is a suburban Dilbert. His job is a dead end, and he's still living with his battleship-building dad, his sweetly oblivious mom and his embittered sister Heidi (Illeana Douglas). On impulse, he decides to buy a ventriloquist's dummy and learns how to use it. This, he decides, is his new job.

Making things more complex is the fact that he is falling in love with his unemployment counsellor (Vera Farmiga). Punk-rocker Fangora (Milla Jovovich) decides to help Steven win her over, despite his weird family. But her advice only causes more problems, and soon Steven has to learn that the real him is the most attractive. Will the dummy help Steven find love, or will he lapse back into his dreary, passionless life?

It's definitely a variation on a typical movie plot: Boy meets dummy. Dummy helps boy meet girl. Boy loses girl. Dummy helps boy pluck up the courage to get girl back. Yup, this is not your typical movie, since the hero's sidekick is a wooden doll.

But while that's the surface of it, the real plot of "Dummy" is about following your bliss, whether it's your soulmate, a wooden dummy, a career or your art. In other words, cast off your "realistic" life if it doesn't make you happy, and just follow what you secretly long to do. You'll be happier for it.
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I knew most of the stars of this film from horror movies, sci-fi films, thrillers, and black comedies. So, it was a must-see! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
great comedy about awkward social settings. great character development and overall originality. absolutely worth the 5 dollars on amazon instant video
Published 12 months ago by Andrew Elek
4.0 out of 5 stars Vera Farmiga's eyes
A great film which I'll rent out sometime soon. Great seeing Vera Farmiga and Milla Jovovich. Adrien Brody is an excellent actor. Have seen him once in real life. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kish
1.0 out of 5 stars Dummy
This movie was really slow and boring. I did not like anything about it. Sorry but this movie is no good.
Published 15 months ago by Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm the dummy here
Dummy never really felt like anything substantial. Certainly not worth recommending either. It's about Adrien Brody who falls in love with a lady (counselor) at the unemployment... Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. E Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the right film...??
Let it be know that the film listed, including the movie description and film photo, does not belong to the the actual item for sale. Read more
Published 17 months ago by B/CFU
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I enjoyed this movie. It centers on a group of characters, each trapped in his/her own dysfunctional hell. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Txjack
4.0 out of 5 stars quirky and fun
the monie depicts these wonderfully flawed characters that are riddled with problems that they themselves are the biggest hindrance in moving forward with thier lives, you cant... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jascherm
4.0 out of 5 stars Ventriloquism Is Just Funny
The possibilities seem endless for someone speaking through his dummy at inappropriate times. The idiot parents are fun to watch, as is the punk rock girl from high school and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by mr. critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Dummy
I just saw this film again last night. I especially liked the dialogue. At one point, Stephen is practicing in his bedroom and his silent grandmother opens the door. Read more
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