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The Jimmy Show (2001)


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Following up on his directorial debut, Joe the King, actor-turned-sometimes director Frank Whaley made this gritty character study of a man consumed by anger. Working as a clerk at a supermarket, Jimmy (Whaley) makes it a practice to steal anything and everything he can get away with, usually cases of beer. At home, he supports his neglected wife (Carla Gugino), his infant daughter, and his foul-tempered invalid grandmother, whom he has been caring for since he was a teen. A compulsive


Drama, Comedy

Frank Whaley

May 27, 2003

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The film, like Jimmy's routines, could use a few good laughs.

December 13, 2002
New York Post
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If the movie succeeds in instilling a wary sense of 'there but for the grace of God,' it is far too self-conscious to draw you deeply into its world.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's an admirable rigor to Jimmy's relentless anger, and to the script's refusal of a happy ending, but as those monologues stretch on and on, you realize there's no place for this story to go but down.

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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So faithful to the doldrums of the not-quite-urban, not-quite-suburban milieu as to have viewers recoiling from the reality check.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Rewarding for its brash originality and daring in etching a portrait of a man who refuses to take life's disappointments lying down.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Whaley's determination to immerse you in sheer, unrelenting wretchedness is exhausting.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It may be a somewhat backhanded compliment to say that the film makes the viewer feel like the movie's various victimized audience members after a while, but it also happens to be the movie's most admirable quality

December 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Whaley's performance is earnest and often riveting, but he should have taken a few lessons from his peers at amateur night.

August 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Jimmy Show

I don't have any problem with a film being dreary and depressing, but throughout The Jimmy Show I was repeatedly asking myself, "What's the point?" The protagonist of this story is introduced to us as a self-absorbed, obnoxious whiner who periodically picks up prescriptions for his invalid grandmother. The use of the grandmother as a way to manipulate the audience is particularly distasteful, and I couldn't force myself to feel any attachment to the main character. This film is too sentimental to be effective, too self-conscious to be earnest, and ultimately we are simply called to witness a loser's life falling apart. Sure, it's unfortunate and unpleasant to watch, but that doesn't make it a meaningful picture. The acting is fantastic from the entire cast, and it's a shame to see Frank Whaley waste such a superb performance on this piece. Ethan Hawke steals every scene he's in with his hilarious supporting role. Overall, there is just not enough going for this film for me to recommend it.
December 1, 2009

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