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Windy City Heat
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Simply stunning that a film like this could exist. Simply stunning that a character like Perry exists. As mind-boggling as it is hilarious.

The real movie does not exist, yet in his commentary (done two years later), Perry talks about 'getting the role' genuinely as if it was all for real. Though he does also make reference to it being like a reality show, he still thinks most of the situations were for real (BTW, you have to check out Burt Ward's appearance in the commentary).

At least I don't have to feel bad for Perry about what they did to him. Hell, they gave him a wonderful ride. In an extra, we see him watch the film with Mole and Barris (this film, not the 'real' one), and he has a glimmer in his eye every time he his honored (i.e. 'getting the role' and being given an award by the 'President of Show Business'--in fact, he gets choked up seeing the 'President's' award in the commentary).

Knowing him so well for so long, I believe Don and 'Mole' knew what they could get away with without Perry either catching on or being crushed in the end. Which is apparantly ANYTHING.

He does seem to get a few things ('Roman Polanski,' Charlton Heston being fake, some of the pranks they played on him), but his thought to this day is that it was overall mostly genuine.

I am just glad to see that at the end of the commentary he feels his dreams were fulfilled. And Perry, if you are reading this: they were, my friend, they were...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2007
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This is a great hoax. Don Barris, Jimmy Kimmel, and friends spent years playing pranks on their gullible friend Perry before they finally got the funding to play one of the most epic pranks ever on him. They succeed in making Perry think he is starring in a poorly written action movie. He's such a narcissist, he never suspects it is a prank. Unbelievably, he still seems to have trouble realizing the whole movie is a joke on him...or maybe the joke is on them since Perry actually did get to star in a movie called Windy City Heat! Since then, they've been continuing the prank, telling him Johnny Knoxville is going to play his role in Windy City Heat - Part 2.

For those who think the movie was staged, I have first hand proof of the star's gullibility. I e-mailed him through Myspace and offered him $5000 to host the opening of my new night club (I don't own a night club). He called me about 10 minutes later and left me a lengthy voicemail explaining how happy he would be to do it because he "needs a good gig."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2006
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If one had to rate something merely on ambition, 'Windy City Heat' would, without question, deserve five stars. It is perhaps both the best and worst example of cinematic exploitation I've ever seen, and because I've become so desensitized over the course of my life, I commend the film far more for the former than the latter.

Now the question of whether this is 'real' or a [...] has come up, and frankly here's my thoughts on it: it's real, or at least, most of it is. If anyone is doubtful of this, they need but to watch the extra features on the DVD. Perry Caravello, the real-life 'actor' and the film's focal point for mockery, is indeed a real person. In 'Windy City Heat', he plays the role of himself, to us, the audience; to his deluded mind, he plays the role of 'Stone Fury', the star of a Hollywood action film in the making. Questions inevitably arise because, naturally, anyone with half a brain watches with utmost skepticism. Surely nobody in Caravello's position could be so ignorant of the events that take place? But, yes, somebody could -- Caravello himself. The story, as one becomes familiar with through the extra features, goes a bit like this:

The two guys who play Caravello's sidekicks in 'Windy City Heat' (the absurd, fake film) -- Tony Barbieri as "Mole" and Don Barris as "Big Lou" -- have actually been screwing around with him for like, a decade. This becomes apparent as one views the extra footage on the dvd, which demonstrates short clips of Barbieri and Barris harassing Caravello, all the way back to 1996. And it's not staged... completely real. Barbieri and Barris -- who I might add are ...awesome... here -- are the type of guys who transcend shame and empathy for outrageous, condescending comedy at the sake of a mentally challenged 'entertainer', in this case Caravello. They had basically mastered this circus act over many years, and that it all comes together so perfectly in this film isn't quite as perplexing when you're able to understand this. And, again -- especially after viewing the films numerous times; I have seen it four -- one ultimately realizes that Caravello is, in many respects, retarded; his obviously demented behavior lends credibility to the whole 'it's real' thing. If, in fact, Caravello 'was' performing all of this as an act, I'd personally think him to be the next Pacino, because no Human being can emulate a persona like his so utterly convincing.

And so, the joke goes on from there. Everyone in the film takes stabs at the situation, and while it's usually hit and miss, it's always entertaining if only for the premise. Take, for example, Perry getting thrown into a dumpster of manurer for a 'more realistic approach'. Or Perry chugging a blended pizza, donut, and beer not once, but twice for a scene. And these are just the most obvious examples of how they mentally screw with the guy; subtle gags literally run through the entire thing, rarely letting up. My favorite, personally, is when they get to the "merchandising" of the film, and each of the three leads are shown their action figures. Mole and Big Lou's are presented first, completely normal and visually representative of themselves; Perry, on the other hand -- after a drum role by the crew, to add effect -- is shown his figure... the most grotesque little doll imaginable, with a green face, huge gut, his face gawking sideways, seemingly ready to hurl. The figure is "so" impeccably perfect that just the thought gets me rolling. Perry's reaction is cut quickly but obvious -- he doesn't know what to make of it, but is somewhat sure that something isn't right.

The film needs to be seen to be respected, though it's definitely not for everyone. The bottom line is most of us 'DO' find this stuff hilarious, even if it's in bad taste. There are a variety of human beings on this Earth, some smart, some not so smart. It's part of the ever-progressing humor we seem to take on as a whole collective these days; cynical mockery of the bizarre circumstances found within the reality we live in. And hey, if a guy like Caravello can make it through this impossible set of circumstances shown in the film, I'm pretty confident that, at whatever point he found out the trick was on him, he didn't sink into an everlasting state of psychological despair.

If 'Windy City Heat' were more consistent through its run, I'd be honored to award it five stars. Due to its sheer originality and its stunning ability to ACTUALLY PULL IT OFF, I really want to give it a perfect rating, but alas it is slow at times without much laughs for often minutes at a time. But when it strikes, oh lord how it strikes the most radiant of gold.

Update: I was just reading about Perry's life, and I don't know if this information is correct, but it's been said that he was actually an intelligent, suave, good guy, but was in an automobile accident in late high school. This really makes me sad, actually, and I'm really interested in this weird guy now. Anyway, I just found it strangely profound, that he's possibly this way because of horrible circumstances early in his life, pondering the thought of how his 'previous' being -- before the brain damage -- would look upon all of this. Again, sad...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 3, 2009
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Picture if someone with the body of Ron Jeremy had a hairy, sloppy son with Rosie O'Donnell. Now give this person the glass-swallowing voice of a female version of Sam Kinison. Finally, make this person borderline retarded and completely oblivious like Jeff Daniels' character in Dumb and Dumber. This is "Scary" Perry Caravello.

Perry stars as Stone Fury in the production of "Windy City Heat," and he thinks it's going to be huge. In fact, he mentions the Oscar's and thinks he beat out Brad Pitt, Schwarzenegger, and Harrison Ford for the role. He thinks the role of Stone Fury was made for him, and he's in full-on prima-donna mode, screaming at everyone on set and comparing himself to Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, and Jackie Chan.

Too bad it's all an intricate prank devised by his "friends," the actual movie is the biggest piece of garbage ever made, and all the acting is similar to three goons in The Spirit. Except those guys acted brain-dead on purpose.

He's constantly getting dissed, nobody shakes his hand, and nothing goes his way. It's completely hilarious how he thinks he's a megastar upon his first day on set, yet everyone involved treats him like garbage. The set assistants put him in a raggedy trailer. The costume design people mistakenly dress him in The merchandising people make his doll look morbidly obese. The director has Perry thrown in a dumpster filled with manure. The abuse this guy mindlessly takes is brilliant, and he deserves every bit of it. He's possibly the most ignorant, jingoistic, racist, xenophobic moron in Hollywood (and that's saying something considering the city).

If you hate egotistical Hollywood idiots, love the Three Stooges, and want to see a full movie version of Punk'd - a version that's actually funny - then this will have you laughing until it hurts. Congratulations goes out to everyone involved in setting this guy up like the Sissy Spacek in Carrie.

Extras: Make sure you watch the extra of Perry and his two friends reviewing the DVD - called "The Reveal" - for the first time. He remains completely blind to the truth, and still gets a twinkle in his eye when he sees his performance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
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Late to the party as usual, I first saw Windy City Heat in early 2012. It came highly recommended for years and I finally took the plunge. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard!

I won't bother rehashing the plot, as several other reviews likely have. (check out Amazon's Product Description for a concise, spoiler-free explanation) What I will do is promise you this movie is INCREDIBLY FUNNY and the less you know about it before seeing it, the better.

It's a shame Comedy Central basically disowned the project, as it belongs in their Hall of Fame, alongside other legendary network originals like South Park and Chappelle's Show.

There's a wealth of hilarious mythology related to the "Perry Project" (as it was originally known) out there, but this is where you should start. Because believe me, once you do, you won't want to stop.

PS - My review title, about laughing so hard I worried I'd die, is absolutely true. In fact, it's happened twice..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2010
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Windy city heat is the Greatest comedy of all time. Perry has no Idea that this whole Movie is actually fake but Believes he's a big Star. I think even to this Day Perry believes this movie is real. To all the sceptics, I am a super fan of windy city heat and have watched this as many times as Perry has bitten the Bras off women... "Many Times". This is for real, Perry is not in on the gag. Bravo to the poeple who made this masterpiece. to have this many people in on the joke without blowing their cover is just incredible. If perry was in on the joke then he is indeed like a young Marlon Brando that he claims with great acing skills, but why isnt he a movie star now? thats because he was the victim of a great prank. I love Perry and want to hang out with him. This movie is super funny. youll either love it or hate it. Hopefully you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
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Simply one of the very funniest films ever made. If you have not seen this film - you have no idea what you are missing. Bunch of extras but the movie itself is the shining star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
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My wife and I saw this movie three years ago on Comedy Central and thought that it was the funniest movie we ever watched. Having to wait 3 years to see it again we were concerned that Windy City Heat may have lost some of its humor....We were absolutely incorrect! We love every part of this DVD (The deleted scenes and the reveal are hilarious). If you are into this kind of "Extreme Practical Joke" humor you will not be disappointed in Windy City Heat. I have watched this movie with friends and family and I know that at least two of them have ordered their own copy. This is by far one of the Funniest Movies Ever Made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
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A friend of mine introduced me to this movie. He said it was one of his favorites...after watching it, it is now one of my favorites! There were some scenes where I actually had to pause the movie to catch my breathe (the basketball scene...and the food scenes with his assistant!!) I highly recommend this movie. Very few movies today are this funny without too much sexual content or vulgur words....Perry's preformance is 5 stars!!! Love ya, Perry, you now have a fan in me!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2014
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Windy City Heat is one of the most original comedies in the history of cinema. 10 years after the original release of Windy City Heat the story continues today with the very popular "The Big 3 Podcast". Many twists and turns have taken place hopefully culminating in a sequel film, or reality TV show. Hopefully Perry Karamello who is 100% real, doesn't completely screw up the whole project again. He is a true scumbag!
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