Dummy (2003)



Critic Consensus: Dummy is a sweet family comedy that succeeds due to charming performances, even if the final product feels slightly undercooked.

Movie Info

The sophomore effort from writer and director Greg Pritikin, who previously co-directed and acted in 1998's Totally Confused, Dummy stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Summer of Sam) as Steven, a recently unemployed ne'er-do-well who has difficulty expressing himself. Steven's best friend is Fanny, an aspiring singer played by Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) who, along with Steven, is just looking for her niche. Eventually Fanny takes a shine to Yiddish music and … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gregory Pritikin, Greg Pritikin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004
Shoreline Entertainment - Official Site


as Steven Schoichet

as Michael

as Mrs. Gurkel

as Theater Director

as Jen Freed

as Talking Mime

as Unemployed Italian

as Unemployed Frottager

as Theater Director

as Unemployed Actor

as Unemployed Italian

as Unemployed Frottager

as Professor Parlepanci...

as Tardy Vent Student

as Le Bagel Waitress

as Magic Store Clerk

as Arab Caterer

as Mrs. Freed

as Fangora's Bandmate

as Fangora's Bandmate

as Fangora's Band

as Fangora's Bandmate

as Fangora's Bandmate
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Critic Reviews for Dummy

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

Definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[T]he best ventriloquist -stalker -family-drama -romantic -comedy I've seen in, well maybe forever.

Full Review… | September 15, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Pritikin's shrewd comedy-drama catches a fine flock of family emotions on the wing, and not the over-exposed ones.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

What could have been a biting dark comedy is, instead, uninspired and generic.

September 12, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Brody is a real talent, and Illeana Douglas is a riot as his older sister.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A mildly engaging addition to that curious sub-genre of American independent filmmaking, the whimsical comedy of Long Island alienation.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dummy

Its contrived and sometimes, er, wooden, but the characterizations and charm are better than the flaws in this typical romcom where the eternal nerd eventually wins the girl of his dreams. Adrian Brody is again good but the film is nearly stolen by a surprising and animated Milla Jovovich.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It's awkward humor that works. Milla Jovovich, as Fanny/Fangora, the consummate clueless wannabe rockstar, is brilliant, and you'd never know it from her later films. Everyone else is delightfully awkward/quirky/believable. Sadly, it all ends in all-too typical rom-com fashion, but it's certainly worth watching anyway.

Daniel J DeMersseman

Super Reviewer

I actually really admire that Adrien Brody chose to follow up The Pianist with Dummy. This movie is all kinds of bizarre and really nails a sense of awkwardness without having that typical "indie" look. It's genuinely funny and I can honestly say that I laughed out loud multiple times, which doesn't happen too often. Adrien Brody's nerdy performance as a makeshift ventriloquist is way too hilarious and impossible to not enjoy. Also, Milla Jovovich's wacko grunge character is great too. It's a unique comedy that doesn't alienate, but really just attempts to try new things with a familiar formula.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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