Funny Bones (1995)

Funny Bones (1995)

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Tommy Fawkes (Oliver Platt) is a struggling stand-up comedian who has tried for years to get out from under the shadow of his father, George Fawkes (Jerry Lewis), himself a famous humorist. Tommy finally scores a showcase spot at a major resort in Las Vegas, but when opening night rolls around, Tommy's act is an unqualified disaster, with the failure made even more painful by his father's presence in the audience. In search of a fresh start, Tommy heads to Blackpool, England, where he was born and raised, to look for a new act. Hoping to buy material from local performers, Tommy auditions a large number of acts, most of whom are utterly hopeless, until he sees a hilarious vaudeville team, the Parker Brothers. Their act seems more than a bit familiar, however, and Tommy soon realizes that they're doing his father's old material. But they have every right to be doing George's schtick -- it seems George stole his act from the Parkers ages ago. What's more, the younger and more eccentric of the Parker Boys, Jack (Lee Evans), is actually Tommy's half brother, the product of a fling with a Blackpool showgirl years ago. Veering between comedy and drama, Funny Bones has more than its share of effective moments on either side of the fence, and features fine supporting performances from Oliver Reed, Leslie Caron and Harold Nicholas.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Hollywood Pictures

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Cast

Oliver Platt
as Tommy Fawkes
Lee Evans
as Jack Parker
Richard Griffiths
as Jim Minty
Leslie Caron
as Kaite Parker
Jerry Lewis
as George Fawkes
Oliver Reed
as Dolly Hopkins
Ian McNeice
as Stanley Sharkey
George Carl
as Thomas Parker
Freddie Davies
as Bruno Parker
Freddie Davis
as Bruno Parker
Christopher Greet
as Lawrence Berger
Peter Gunn
as Nicky
Gavin Millar
as Steve Campbell
Terence Rigby
as Billy Mann
Ruta Lee
as Laura Fawkes
Ticky Holgado
as Battison
Olivier Py
as Barre
Mouss
as Poquelin
Peter McNamara
as Canavan
Richard Platt
as Bellows
Harold Nicholas
as Hal Dalzell
George Khan
as Francesco
Ian Rowe
as Ringmaster
Phil Atkinson
as Policeman
Nick Coppin
as Policeman
Jona Jones
as Security Guard
Tony Barton
as Comedian
The Nicholas Brothers
as Harold as Himself
Mike Newman
as Comedian
Ruth Kettlewell
as Camilla Powell
Fred Evans
as Mr. Pearce
George Raistrick
as Club Owner
Reg Griffiths
as Reporter
Duggie Chapman
as Reporter
Tony Peers
as Reporter
Andy Rashleigh
as Reporter
Phil Kelly
as Himself
Andy Thompson
as Leo the Leprechaun
Peter Brande
as Leo the Leprechaun
Frank Harvey
as Backward Talking Man
Eileen Bell
as Doggyduo
Rusty Goffe
as Bagpipe Playing Dwarf
Terri Carol
as Paper Tearer
Sadie Corre
as Poodle Woman
Freddie Cox
as Cox Twin
Frank Cox
as Cox Twin
Shane Robinson
as Bastard Son of Louis XIV
Benji Ming
as Plastic Cup Smasher
Zipporah Simon
as Puppeteer
Maudie Blake
as Musical Saw Player
Andras Banlaki
as Ring Boy
Brian Webb
as Little Firewater
Peter Martin
as Skipper
Chloe Treend
as Tropicana Dancer
Andrea Bretherick
as Tropicana Dancer
Lisa Henson
as Tropicana Dancer
Rebecca Metcalfe
as Tropicana Dancer
Camilla Simson
as Tropicana Dancer
Tina Yoxall
as Tropicana Dancer
Amir Fawzi
as Little Tommy
Sniff
as Toast
Mr. Mark Raffles
as Wychwood
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May 12, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Funny Bones

Such a quirky film, director Peter Chelsom at least takes some risks and tries something different, unfortunately, it doesn?t always work, but when it does it is fascinating. Leslie Caron is terrific in a supporting role. It is too often an uneasy mix of comedy and heavy drama and it's 2 hour and 8 minute length is excessive for a film of this nature. Excellent score, finely photographed.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Such a quirky film, director Peter Chelsom at least takes some risks and tries something different, unfortunately, it doesn’t always work, but when it does it is fascinating. Leslie Caron is terrific in a supporting role. It is too often an uneasy mix of comedy and heavy drama and it's 2 hour and 8 minute length is excessive for a film of this nature. Excellent score, finely photographed.

James Higgins
James Higgins
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It was interesting. I thought it was funny, but the ending was pretty weak.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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