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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)
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.
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's great when an independent film generates honest, knee-jerk laughter - and Brasil J. Grisaffi's "Laughing Boy" did just that. Read morePublished on April 7, 2006 by J. Palmer
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 morePublished on June 28, 2005 by Fina ortiz
A Christmas gift to myself! An unanticipated surprise. I did not expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. Read morePublished on December 30, 2004 by Robert Kelly-Schleyer, M.A.
After checking out the reviews for Sidewalks of New York, I noticed that someone who liked that movie recommended, Laughing Boy. Read morePublished on June 14, 2003 by Merrick
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 morePublished on May 26, 2003 by Demian
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 morePublished on March 19, 2003 by Greg Durbin
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
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
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 morePublished on December 18, 2001 by Renee Camille