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Laughing Boy (2002)

Ruth Ann Black , Tammy Brown , Brazil Joseph Grisaffi III  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ruth Ann Black, Tammy Brown, Robin Craig, Maria Fonseca, Bob Gebert
  • Directors: Brazil Joseph Grisaffi III
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, 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: Toxic Monkey Productions
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067IZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Laughing Boy" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Cody MacKenzie and his wife Judy have been invited to a very special party - and he'd better behave himself if he know's what's good for him. Judy thinks going is a great career move for Cody, but he's only going to rub elbows (or anything else) with his dream girl...his beautiful boss, Elizabeth Sheridan. Join Cody in this hilarious, award-winning comedy as he attempts to wreck the party with his sledgehammer wit, aiming it at everything from sex to childbirth to televangelism. But if he's not careful, he might just learn something about love and friendship. DVD special features include: Director's commentary, storyboards, Animation Pencil test, Bonus Songs by Toehead, The Strangeways, and the Dead Monkeys.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST gift you can give anyone this Christmas December 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Let's face it, the world situation has most of us watching way too much CNN... we all long for the good ol' days of...just having a GOOOOOOOOOOD laugh, and Laughing Boy DELIVERS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. When I bought the movie, I had no expectations really, I liked the clip/trailer I saw on an online site and figured I'd check it out... Boy, was I pleasantly surprised to find that my money had been well spent! Laughter isn't something they sell at an aisle in a store, and laughter is something that everyone needs right now, and Laughing Boy is a sure fire way to get some smiling and laughter going on in your world... just pop it in the vcr and hit play; anyone that is in the room will, within four minutes, stop what they are doing and ask in a giggly voice "What movie is this?"(We have done this three times and each person stayed to watch the whole movie with us... it's a real 'friend catcher'.)
I could not agree more that the movie is much like Python/D&D mixed together in perfect harmony. Oddly, we also had said after watching it the first time how it was right up there with Python! We use the 'he threw his pants at me' line here often.
I saw 4 movies in the theatre this year; Hannibal, J&B Strike Back, Don't Say a Word, and Harry Potter... much as I loved Jay and Silent Bob's film, I gotta say that my vhs copy of Laughing Boy delivers more laughs and I also feel the price I paid for the vhs copy of Laughing Boy was the best 'bang for my buck' in comparison to the other movies I saw.
It is, beyond any doubt in my mind, the BEST Christmas present I am giving out this year... I got a few copies for family and friends. :O) The way to go with gift giving this year is comedy, and Laughing Boy is a great way to give those you love a chuckle :O)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Independent movie makes good; funny stuff November 1, 2002
Format:DVD
Laughing Boy is a well made independent comedy that comes at you with no holds barred. Cody MacKenzie is a regular guy, he can be a jerk, he knows it, but he just is looking for something to help him through a life that threatens to go through the motions.
Tonight a party is being thrown for his best friend by his boss, the desirable Elizabeth Sheridan. Cody is ready to let loose, though his wife Judy hopes he can make nice with the company brass.
Well, that ain't gonna happen.
What follows is a berating on the stiffs of life, jabs at televangelists, self absorbed moms, people seemingly caught in the system, and basically Cody saying whatever he feels regardless of what anyone thinks. Throw in some cool animated segments for some more fun and this a solid flick.

As far as characters, Cody is funny yet grating and jokes are hit and miss (more hit though), but he does try to set some people straight honestly, and he gets it back himself (though he nails some good). His boss Elizabeth has a great scene where we get Cody down to basics.
The acting, I feel, is spirited if not just pretty damn good. Joe Grisaffi(as Cody)is a hoot (and over the top, but that is the point), Anne Quackenbush as Judy, his wife, is solid and a stabilizing factor. And Thersa Kotara as Elizabeth Sheridan delivered one of the movie's best scenes. Robin Craig as the televagelist Bobby Jo was priceless. And I can't forget Michael Gray, as Cody's enagaged pal Mike, who helps us take Cody with a grain of salt, with a look towards ourselves.
The DVD has great extras, one being commentary, which is really cool to listen to considering all the aspects of independent film making.
Overall, a worthy purchase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that Hollywood doesn't have a monopoly on talent October 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"A cross between MONTY PYTHON and DUMB AND DUMBER" - that is, without a doubt, THE best way to describe LAUGHING BOY.
Lovable nitwit Cody McKenzie and his wife Judy are invited to a party. While Judy sees this as an opportunity for her hubby to move up in the world, Cody is more interested in lusting after their host - his lovely boss Elizabeth Sheridan. All throughout the party, Cody's antics ruffle quite a few feathers - one of the most memorable scenes is his heckling of a local televangelist.
My regards to the entire cast and crew - in particular, Brazil Joe Grisaffi III for both directing and acting in the lead role of Cody McKenzie. And my special hats off to Tiffany Grant for her unforgetable performance as Alicia Dimsdale. You anime fans out there will undoubtedly recognize her as the voice of Asuka Langley Soryu from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
LAUGHING BOY's outrageous humor lies in its dialogue, along with quite a few sight gags, including several animated cartoon shorts which give the audience a look into Cody's warped imagination. Yet, amidst all the monkey business are strong underlying themes of love and friendship.
This is definitely one indie worth checking out. Thumbs up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A first feature from a film-maker with real promise December 12, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The earlier reviewer delivered an excellent appraisal of this film and the best that I can do is to second his opinion.
I would like say that his film will deliver entertainment value far in excess of the purchase price. If you enjoy good, independent productions, then this film is a must.
The extras on this disk, including the heapin' helpin' of music videos by the bands who perform on the soundtrack, plus a full-length director/cast/writer commentary are in addition to that value.
An evening spent viewing and listening to the contents of this disk is the next best thing to being on the set. Thanks Joe!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lauging Boy - half-wit & whole-ass - It's great!!
It's great when an independent film generates honest, knee-jerk laughter - and Brasil J. Grisaffi's "Laughing Boy" did just that. Read more
Published on April 7, 2006 by J. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS DVD!!!!
Ahem. Buy this dvd and have a great time watching it with a friend. I found "Laughing Boy" to be a pleasent surprise coming from an independent film maker. Read more
Published on June 28, 2005 by Fina ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Surprise
A Christmas gift to myself! An unanticipated surprise. I did not expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. Read more
Published on December 30, 2004 by Trebor Reyelchs
1.0 out of 5 stars Run... run while you still can.
After checking out the reviews for Sidewalks of New York, I noticed that someone who liked that movie recommended, Laughing Boy. Read more
Published on June 14, 2003 by Merrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of chuckles -- and some serious ideas.
The story is about a house party that seems well enough until maverick guy Cody shows up to make fun of all the up-tight people. Read more
Published on May 26, 2003 by Demian
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what true indipendent filmmaking is all about!
This is a great little movie, and well worth watching. It's about a day in the life of a guy that just can't seem to stop trying to be funny. Read more
Published on March 19, 2003 by Greg Durbin
5.0 out of 5 stars A list of DVD contents
This DVD is actually region 0. There are no region restrictions.

This DVD includes the following special features:
Commentary track (83 minutes) featuring:... Read more
Published on March 2, 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Recommend!
If you don't see this movie, you will never know what you are missing out on!
Cody McKenzie is someone who would liven up any party, his wife Judy is a model saint who gives... Read more
Published on February 12, 2002 by "kjensclark"
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST gift you can give anyone this Christmas
Let's face it, the world situation has most of us watching way too much CNN and reading the newspaper on the toilet actually leaves us feeling more constipated rather than help us... Read more
Published on December 18, 2001 by Renee Camille
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughing Boy
Mostly hilarious; a little disjointed in some parts with no real plot, but all in all, I would recommend this movie as a "crazy comedy. Read more
Published on October 18, 2001 by "morecoffeenow"
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