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Real Howard Spitz (2003)

Real Howard Spitz

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British director Vadim Jean helmed this British-Canadian family comedy about former private eye Howard Spitz (Kelsey Grammer), who writes hardboiled detective novels. Unfortunately, Spitz's creative juices are drying up. His agent Lou (Joseph Rutten) suggests a switch to self-help manuals, but after Howard meets children's author Theodora Winkle (Kay Tremblay) and gets input on kid lit from Samantha Kershaw (Genevieve Tessier), he begins writing about cow detective Crafty Cow, and the character is a success. However, Howard doesn't like children, so he hires an actor (Patrick McKenna) to substitute for him at public appearances. Howard, Samantha, and Samantha's single mom Laura (Amanda Donohoe) then leave on a trip to find Samantha's dad in L.A. Shown at the 1998 Mill Valley Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jurgen Wolff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 1998
Runtime:
Lionsgate

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Cast

Kelsey Grammer
as Howard Spitz
Amanda Donohoe
as Laura Kershaw
Genevieve Tessier
as Samantha Kershaw
Patrick McKenna
as "Howard Spitz"
Kay Tremblay
as Theodora Winkle
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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May 29, 2001
AV Club
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August 16, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for Real Howard Spitz

5.5/10. I was expecting more of a family oriented film. It's not too bad, and is helped immesurably by Kelsey Grammer and his dry brand of humor. I found him to be funny and like his comic style. Other than that it is very predictable and at times a little too sappy.

jazza923
James Higgins

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