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Jefftowne

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Filmmaker Daniel Kraus profiles Jeff Towne, a 40ish beer and pornography aficionado with Down syndrome.

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Meet Jeff Towne. He's a beer-drinking, porno-consuming, wrestling fanatic with Down's Syndrome. He lies, he cheats, he steals; he fondles women. In short, he's a lot like the rest of us than we care to admit. Jeff's days are divided between his filthy home that he shares with his 98 year old, wheelchair bound foster mother (who pins their financial future on the certainty that they'll win the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes) and a mall movie theater, where the employees alternately mock and care for Jeff. They've become a bizarre surrogate family for Jeff, providing him with all the vices that his mother so desperately ignores - to her, Jeff is a good Christian boy with a heart of gold. As this shocking and hilarious documentary will show you, Jeff frequents strip joint, bum-rushes celebrities, cares for his horrifying blackened diseased foot, and gets his few remaining teeth extracted. One thing is for sure: you've never seen anything like Jefftowne and you've never met anyone like Jeff.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hulk Hogan, Daniel Kraus, Genevieve Lutgen, William Shatner, Jeff Towne
  • Directors: Daniel Kraus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: TROMA ENTERTAINMENT INC.
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008HC9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jefftowne" on IMDb

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ok anyone who knows troma knows that they release some of the bloodiest most offensive material in the country (and oh how i love it.). well get ready for something totally out of the norm for troma. jefftowne is about a 39 year old with downs syndrome. when i bought this i expected something very troma, totally offensive with few redeeming moral qualities, which i had no problem with at all. but this movie actually turned out to be a touching (not very troma) look at someone who doesn't suffer from downs syndrome, he lives as if he didn't even have it. you meet jeff's 93 year old foster mother who is confined to a wheelchair as well as his extended family at the mall movie theater. they take just as much, if not more care of jeff than his mother. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO DISREGARD MIKE DAVIS'S REVIEW OF THIS MOVIE! jeff is not treated the way that mr davis has said he is in this movie. the people are just so friendly with jeff that they can joke around with him as much as they want to. when i first saw the first scene in this movie, i thought that the guy making farting noises and blaming it on jeff was intended to upset jeff, but after a second watch you can see that it was just friendly. im really sorry if this review sucks, its pretty late and im dozing off in front of the keyboard. the DVD also includes jefftowne 2, which is a follow-up to the movie 4 years later, which i also think is good. again im sorry if this review sucked, but please, give jefftowne a chance.
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By Shelly on December 6, 2015
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I quite liked this little film. It was produced on a shoestring, but very nicely done. It's a short documentary centered around a small community of people who are the friends and family of Jeff, and they tell some funny, interesting, and touching stories about the life and times of Jeff. Jeff is always there contributing also, but I think that unless you know him well, his speach can be hard to understand. He's a profoundly mentally disabled adult approaching 40 who has a big and likeable personality and Downs Syndrome. He's as quirky and unique as all of us are, but maybe then some. I love that I'ts not overly exploitative of him, and his friends are genuine caring people who help him when he needs it, but are otherwise just there with him as they all go about their work and social lives. Since it's now 17 years from when it was made, I really wonder how Jeff is doing. There's supposed to have been a Jefftowne 2 made in 2002, but I can't seem to find it yet. NSFW, or maybe just modest folks, and possibly small children.
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As one who prefers non-fictional, gritty and anti-Hollywood filmmaking, I think "Jefftowne" is a major accomplishment, especially in the way it develops and celebrates relationships between a man with Down's Syndrome and those he befriends at his local mall's movie theater. Did the filmmakers try to profit from Jeffy's disability? Hardly. I'm pretty sure they were film students at the University of Iowa, surviving by working at the theater with one of the film's heroes, Kim the manager. Kim is the man who accepts, appreciates and nurtures Jeffy, who otherwise would be forced to spend his life living with his invalid foster mother. This woman, Genevieve, deserves credit for adopting Jeffy, but she is hopeless, can't take care of Jeffy's hygiene and somehow believes that she will be the next Clearing House Sweepstakes winner.
I bet the movie derived from boredom at work, when director Daniel Kraus and associates realized that Jeff Townes' life was a readymade documentary that only needed to be filmed. You can tell that Kraus, and almost everyone else, loved Jeffy and wanted to give him the spotlight he always dreamed of. That Jeffy loved beer, women, Star Trek and wrestling normalizes him, and without his movie theatre friends, he would have never met William Shatner or seen Hulk Hogan live.
This is a touching story about one man's bizarre journey through life, vocalized through his dozen or so vocabulary words that end up saying it all. Credit goes to Jeffy's friends who participated in the film, and of course to the production crew, who spent only $6,000 to make it.
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was watchin I'm disabled and 44 yrs old from spina bifida and have had friends like jeff so I totally injoyed it cuz sadly all my friends like jeff and spina bifida friends sadly have passed includein my 38 yr old wife Sandra Gillespie prysiazny the only spina bifida still alive is my best friend denise reddy
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Jefftowne (Daniel Kraus, 1998)

In the world of Troma film distribution, every once in a while you come across something that makes you start singing "one of these things is not like the other" in your head. Jefftowne is that thing, a documentary that is not at all played for laughs. How on earth did Troma find this, and what were they thinking? (Unfortunately, I'm sure the answer to that is "people will laugh at this guy." More unfortunately, I'm sure they were right.

Jeff Towne is a forty-year-old with Down's Syndrome. He lives alone, has a job at a movie theater, and actually lives pretty much like a lot of other confirmed bachelors; he drinks a lot of beer, looks at a lot of porn, watches pro wrestling. How is this out of the ordinary? Because Jeff has Down's Syndrome, of course, and because he does everything he does to extremes.

You'd expect a movie like this to be exploitive, and I'm sure that's what Troma were thinking when they picked it up for distribution (and because of that, I'm sure there's a segment of the populace that will see it exactly that way), but it really isn't. Kraus (Musician), a friend of Jeff's, treated him pretty much like any other documentary subject you'd see captured on film, Yes, there's some humor here, but it flows naturally (Jeff is something of a raconteur) rather than coming from Jeff's lot in life. The documentary is sensitive and fascinating despite, essentially, following a regular guy around doing regular stuff.

The DVD contains a wealth of extras that make it well worth checking out even if you've seen the movie itself, including a short follow-up Kraus filmed two years after the original movie. Very good, this. *** ½
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