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  • Summary: Steven Schoichet (Brody) is browbeaten at every turn, by his family, his dead-end job, the faceless suburb where he still lives at home. That is until he decides to make a change. Ventriloquism. Hey, a dream's a dream. (Artisan Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 80
    With this marvelous cast of characters and the comic brilliance of writer/director Greg Pritikin, nary a minute goes by that you're not slapping your knee with laughter.
  2. A romantic comedy of considerable charm and humor.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    75
    It's the details that make Dummy such a winner. By way of comparison, consider last summer's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," in which each actor put a heartfelt spin on his or her one-joke character (the father who believes that Windex cures everything). Well, here's an entire movie built on nuggets like that.
  4. 50
    A mildly engaging addition to that curious sub-genre of American independent filmmaking, the whimsical comedy of Long Island alienation.
  5. A contrived little comedy, Dummy definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing.
  6. 50
    It's repetitive and obvious but somehow endearing, like a truly ugly dog with sweet eyes.
  7. Serves up the sort of shrill ''satire'' of middle-class Jewish vulgarity in which the mere mention of words like ''brisket'' and ''klezmer'' is automatically presumed to be hilarious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    9
    Adrien Brody and Milla Jovovich, "Dummy" is that special kind of indie comedy that knows how to perfectly balance its offbeat humor with just the right amount of dramatic intrigue. Expand

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