Academy Award®-winner Adrien Brody stars in this delightful romantic comedy as a lovable loser who finds his inner voice by becoming a ventriloquist. Steven Schoichet (Brody) is in a rut - he lives at home with his crazed ... more »parents and weird sister Heidi (Illeana Douglas) and is stuck in a dead-end job. His life begins to turn around when at the urging of his outrageous friend Fangora (Milla Jovovich) he decides to follow his dream of becoming a ventriloquist. He buys a dummy and hits the small-time comedy circuit to the horror of his family and the delight of his beautiful job councilor Lorena (Vera Farmiga). Lorena quickly becomes his biggest fan and his first love. This hysterical romantic comedy proves the dumbest thing you can do is not to follow your dream. Features include Special Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary by Award-winning ventriloquist Jeff Dunham Deleted Scenes Dummies 101- Learning the Ventiloquist Dream Ventriloquist lessons - hosted by Jeff Dunham "What Type of Dummy Are You?" Game 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Audio And much moreSystem Requirements:Running Time: 90 MinutiesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 012236149514 Manufacturer No: 14951« less
Robbi C. (silverscreensilent22) from WEBSTER GRVS, MO Reviewed on 9/2/2018...
Don't know how I missed this movie the first time it came around. A real sleeper comedy/romance, for sure. Touching and hilarious, in equal measure. Everyone is excellent, from Jessica Walter to Adrien Brody and Illeana Douglas. If you like offbeat comedy, you must watch it.
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K. K. (GAMER) Reviewed on 8/19/2018...
Very weird and different but the dummy was pretty funny at times.
Cyndi B. (CyndiB) from SEGUIN, TX Reviewed on 7/14/2010...
This was a horrible movie, but I have watched it 4 times. The first time i could not find the remote...then I looked at the special features and JEFF DUNHAM does COMMENTARY making this a worth while watch. Watch Walter, Peanut and Jeff do the commentary....
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MILLA JOVOVICH had me LAUGHING OUT LOUD!!!
Chris Kennison | Jefferson City, Mo United States | 02/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dummy is a charming little movie about a quiet loser played by Adrien Brody who dreams of being a ventriloquist. The story revolves around Steven's (Brody) life, his relationships, his family, his future and his hilarious friend FANGORA (Milla Jovovich).The movie is off the beaten path, unique, subtle, quiet and a throw back to those simple little movies from the 80s that weren't about a whole lot, but were just enjoyable. And I assure you, after watching DUMMY, you WILL NOT forget it.You will talk about it with your friends and YOU WILL LAUGH!!The movie is gifted with memorable and rich characters. Illeana Douglas, Vera Farmiga, Jessica Walter & Ron Leibman are a big part of this, but the most memorable, hilarious and unforgettable role belongs to MILLA JOVOVICH.Milla plays an ill-tempered punk rock chick with a heart of gold and a mouth like a sailor. Milla had me in stitches and I believe that a lot of her acting was improvised. She was into this character and EARNS SOME SERIOUS BROWNIE POINTS for future more meatier roles. She steals the show.What was already a pretty good movie anyway, was made an exceptional movie by a HOMERUN performance by an actress that is getting better, better and better. This girl has MONGO GUTS, and it shows.Check out DUMMY. If you like to laugh. You won't go wrong.I normally reserve 5 stars for classics, but this barely recognized little movie deserves 5 stars, for what it is, what it accomplished and for making me laugh where hundreds of more commercial comedies failed miserably."
Daniel | 02/06/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The interactions between the characters in this film are what make it so great. I especially loved Milla's character, a punk-rock chick who convinces Adrian's character to do many crazy things. Also, Milla's character sings towards the end of the movie and she does a rockin job at that.Overall, the plot was nothing special, but the weird cast of characters made it more interesting then it would have been otherwise. In this sense, you can watch this movie over a couple of times since its not really about what happens but how it happens and how oddly the people act.All of the actors did a terrific job, but most of all Adrian and Milla were excellent.I doubt you'll be seeing this dvd in the video store, and unless you were one of the few people who saw this film during its limited release, I suggest you pick up a copy."
An unanticipated delight
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 04/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Is there anything in this world creepier than a ventriloquist's dummy? Rod Serling apparently didn't think so when he turned one into a raving psychopath in a memorable episode of "The Twilight Zone." In "Dummy," the delightfully quirky comedy by writer/director Greg Pritikin, the dummy turns out to be just about the least creepy character in the film - and I mean that in the nicest way possible.Adrien Brody, in a film made prior to (but released after) his Oscar-winning triumph in "The Pianist," stars as Steven Schoichet, a mild-mannered, socially backward man in his late 20's who still lives at home with his parents and his equally dysfunctional sister. One day, Steven decides to purchase a ventriloquist's dummy, a move that finally gives him the courage to break out of his shell and pursue the woman of his dreams.Pritikin has come up with an extraordinary ensemble cast that includes, in addition to Brody, Illeana Douglas, as Steven's lovelorn, perpetually frustrated sister; Milla Jovovich, as Steven's foulmouthed wannabe punk rock star friend and companion; Jessica Walter as Steven's off-the-wall mother who figures she can keep her son happy if she perpetually feeds him sandwiches; and Ron Leibman as Steven's father who just wants to spend his time putting together model ships and who can't understand how he's ended up with two children so obviously devoid of purpose and direction in life. Vera Farmiga is charming and winning as the unemployment counselor - perhaps the one "uncertifiable" character in the film - who opens her heart to both Steven and his dummy companion.Pritikin has taken some very simple material and woven it into a many-splendored tapestry, hitting just the right tone all the way through. The film is wickedly funny one moment and touchingly romantic the next. Yet, Pritikin never violates the uniquely quirky spirit of the premise he's established. It is particularly fun watching Steven engage in long-running conversations with himself, using the dummy as a sounding board for working out his own insecurities and fears. Beautifully written, directed and acted, "Dummy" is one of the genuine, certified sleepers of the past several years."
Good Movie..Messed Up DVD
ca-row | Washington, USA | 03/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you're buying this in hopes of enjoying widescreen on your HDTV...don't. Someone messed up and it is presented in full screen with the case labeled incorrectly. I think they even forgot the pan and scan. I hope they correct this and re-release it as it is a good comedy and sure deserves better."
Joe Manelli | San Francisco, Ca. USA | 06/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found "Dummy" a really enjoyable film. Seeing Oscar winner Adrien Brody doing something different was refreshing. Other excellent performances from Illeana Douglas (always good), Milla Jonovich as the wacky singer and I laughed out loud with the comedy bits between the bride, Poppi Kramer & groom, Lawrence Leritz, who falls asleep at the wedding reception. Good low budget indie."