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Crazy on the Outside (2010)



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Fresh out of prison and eager to start a new life, ambitious ex-con Tommy (Tim Allen) plots to revive the family business and rekindle the romance with his ex-flame, only to discover that life as a free man can be even tougher than life on the inside. In order to get back on his feet, Tommy moves in with his extended family, including his sister, Viki (Sigourney Weaver), a compulsive liar, and her husband, Ed (J.K. Simmons), a weatherworn cynic. Thanks to Viki, Tommy's grandmother thinks he's been in France the last few years. Now, as Tommy scrambles to get his life back together, his no-nonsense probation officer, Angela (Jeanne Tripplehorn), tracks his every move. Informed by his sister that his former girlfriend Christy (Julie Bowen) perished in a freak accident, Tommy goes to work flipping patties at Pirate Burger. Then, one day, Christy walks into the restaurant and it's like they were never apart -- aside from the fact that she's now engaged to marry Frank (Kelsey Grammer). Meanwhile, as Tommy's criminally inclined pal Gray (Ray Liotta) attempts to lure him back into a life of petty thievery, the confused ex-con begins to feel like he's falling for his probation officer. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Peaslee, Judd Pillot
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 2010
Box Office: $64.4k
Freestlye Releasing - Official Site


Tim Allen
as Tommy
Julie Bowen
as Christy
Casey Sander
as Prison Guard
Jon Gries
as Edgar
Mariano Mendoza
as Inmate Number 3
Hector Atreyu Ruiz
as Inmate Number 4
Annie McKnight
as Drive-Thru Pirate
Evelyn Iocolano
as Hygienist
John Hayden
as Judge Pierce
Jean St. James
as Mrs. Pierce
Paul Tranghese
as Holding Cell Cop
Maggie Palomo
as Counter Person
Tahmus Rounds
as Pee Cup Guy
Jeff Kueppers
as Walking Man
Darla Delgado
as Gray's Girlfriend
Wayne Morse
as Police Officer
Bob Harvey
as Dental Patient
Juan Jose Cortez
as Flashback Cindy
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Critic Reviews for Crazy on the Outside

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (10)

I just get bored thinking about it.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Terrible, terrible.

Full Review… | January 25, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Allen's forced approach to Judd Pillot and John Peaslee's Screenwriting 101-style script has merely left everyone floating on their own.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Allen screws up his directing debut with a script that smothers his wit in a blanket of bland.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Tim Allen's directorial debut, a strained comedy drama about an ex-con trying to go straight, isn't nearly crazy enough.

January 14, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

We get charmless hack work from two sitcom writers, a phoned-in ensemble, and for Allen a vanity role that could certainly be called criminal.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crazy on the Outside


It was ok, wasn't that bad. Tim Allen directed this movie, he should stay only in front of the camera instead of been behind it too.

A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, J.K. Simmons, Julie Brown, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ray Liotta, Kelsey Grammer


It's about a man named Tommy who went away to prison for three yrs. after taking full responsibility for a crime he and his more dangerous partner committed. Now out after his three stint in prison, Tommy is having a tough time with the outside life and trying to hold on to some type of normalcy of his life before prison while also trying to live out the lies his sister keeps telling.
I thought it was funny. I laughed quite a bit. It is an odd comedy. Sigourney Weaver was really funny. I liked her quirky character. Just one of those films that you will want to see for a laugh. Nothing special about it. But worth the rental.. Not theater worthy.


Super Reviewer

Tommy (Tim Allen) is released from prison after serving a three year sentence stint for video piracy and returns home to his chronic liar of a sister Vicky, (Sigourney Weaver) who told his grandmother that he's been in France all this time, to spare her the real story. Vicky also told Tommy that his old flame, Christy (Julie Bowen), died while he was in prison. That turns out to be another lie; Christy is alive, well and living with Frank (Kelsey Grammer), a rich electronics salesman.

Looking to bounce back and avoid the mistakes he made previously, Tommy tries to resist temptations proffered by his old partner in crime (Ray Liotta) who is trying to lure him back into the piracy game and seeks to restart his late father's house-painting business. The bad news is, he's forced by his parole officer, Angela (Jeanne Tripplehorn) to accept a demeaning job at a local burger joint.

Let's not forget J.K. Simmons as Tommy's sarcastic over sexed brother-in-law and Angela's kid who tries to use Tommy in a matchmaking scheme.

Will Tommy be able to move on, avoid the illegal temptations of his former accomplice, rebuild his late dad's painting business and hook up with his sexy probation officer whose Little Leaguer son has taken a shine to him? Watch it to find out!

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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