Windy City Heat
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A HILARIOUS FILM & REAL-LIFE PRANK WHERE A NO-NAME ACTOR THINKS HE'S BEEN CAST IN THE LATEST BLOCKBUSTER HIT, 'WINDY CITY HEAT'. THERE'S JUST ONE CATCH - THERE IS NO MOVIE & HE DOESN'T SUSPECT A THING!
It isn't Candid Camera, it isn't Punk'd--it's The Perry Project. "Scary" Perry Caravello, an out-of-shape, fuzzy-haired, gravel-voiced extra thinks he's scored the lead in "sports detective" spoof Windy City Heat. Everywhere he goes, the fanny pack-sporting "Stone Fury" is followed by cameras, presumably for a DVD featurette. In actuality, he's the unsuspecting victim of an elaborate practical joke. Bobcat Goldthwait (Chappelle's Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live) directs both the real movie and the mockumentary, while Dane Cook puts in an appearance as casting agent "Roman Polanski" and Toby Huss as photographer "Ansel Adams" (all the fake names have real-world counterparts). Caravello's buddies, Tony Barbieri ("The Mole") and Don Barris ("Big Lou"), are members of the same cast...or so he thinks. In reality, they're in on the prank. In fact, they co-wrote the screenplay with producer Jimmy Kimmel. Reportedly, Eminem, Johnny Knoxville, and Fall Out Boy are crazy about this cult classic in the making, but the humiliating, off-color humor won't be to all tastes. Recommended more to fans of the cautionary documentary Overnight and Goldthwait's own Shakes the Clown than to Martin Scorseses more sophisticated, yet strangely simpatico King of Comedy. Along with "The Big Three," Comedy Central's Windy City Heat features Carson Daly, co-producer Adam Carolla (Kimmel's former Man Show co-host), Ernie Banks, and William "The Refrigerator" Perry. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Audio/video commentary by Perry Karavello
- The Reveal: footage of Perry watching the film for the first time
- Classic Big Three Moments: footage from 1992-present
- Deleted and extended scenes
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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..
This is good good stuff.