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Joe Somebody (2001)



Critic Consensus: Amiable, but extremely lightweight and predictable.

Movie Info

Following their television series Home Improvement and the features The Santa Clause (1994) and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), the actor/director team of Tim Allen and John Pasquin collaborate once again on this high-concept comedy. Allen stars as Joe Scheffer, a nice guy video specialist for a Minneapolis pharmaceutical company who's plodding through both his thankless job and an unhappy divorce from his ex-wife Callie (Kelly Lynch). When Joe brings his daughter Natalie (Hayden Panettiere) to the office with him on Take Our Kids to Work Day, he's humiliated in a spat with company bully Mark McKinney (Patrick Warburton) over a parking space. It's the last straw for the mild-mannered Joe, who challenges McKinney to a rematch, hires a has-been action movie star (Jim Belushi) to instruct him in martial arts, and pays a stylist to make over his wardrobe and hair. As Joe's image improves and the big day approaches, he finds his new self-respecting stance has positive effects in both the workplace, as he lands a long-overdue promotion, and in his romantic life, as both Callie and a cute "wellness coordinator" (Julie Bowen) start warming up to him. The levelheaded Natalie, however, seems to prefer the previously non-confrontational dad she already loved. Joe Somebody (2001) is the feature debut of screenwriter John Scott Shepherd, who actually worked as a corporate filmmaker in Minneapolis. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for language, thematic elements and some mild violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Scott Shepherd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Box Office: $22.7M
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Tim Allen
as Joe Scheffer
Julie Bowen
as Meg Harper
Kelly Lynch
as Callie Scheffer
Hayden Panettiere
as Natalie Scheffer
James Belushi
as Chuck Scarett
Patrick Warburton
as Mark McKinney
Greg Germann
as Jeremy Callahan
Ken Marino
as Callie's Boyfriend
Robert Joy
as Pat Chilcutt
Tawnja Zahradka
as Waver Tawnja
Tina Lifford
as Cassandra Taylor
Wolfgang Bodison
as Cade Raymond
John Riedlinger
as In Crowd Guy No. 1
Bill McCallum
as In Crowd Guy No. 2
Gavin Lawrence
as In Crowd Guy No. 3
Emil Herrera
as Singing Exec.
Cristi L. Conaway
as Abby Manheim
Michael Haley
as Bartender
Peter Eric Syvertsen
as Squash Exec. No. 1
Peter Gregory Thomso...
as Squash Exec. No. 2
Jim Labriola
as Guy at Fight
Turner Ross
as Basketball Boy
Bob Aden
as Old Man
Rod Johnson
as Timberwolves Announc...
Shawn Judge
as Woman No. 1
Jeff Hopkins
as First Man
Jane Hajduk
as Receptionist
Lowell Sanders
as Guy at Fight No. 2
Rob Cowin
as Guy at Fight No. 3
Sean Grande
as Play by Play Announc...
Sarah Agnew
as Well Wisher
Patrick Coyle
as Man in Parking Lot
Cean Okada
as Young Woman
William T. Leaf
as Fruit Catcher
Frank E. Adams
as Fruit Catcher
Kathleen Winter
as Fruit Catcher
Kurt David Anderson
as Target Employee
William Borea
as Muscle Masseur
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Critic Reviews for Joe Somebody

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (27)

Not something to write home about.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Has the look and feel of an extended sitcom episode.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

While never truly funny or insightful, the movie works intermittently by digging a little deeper than you might expect.

Full Review… | January 6, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I'd rather see a whole movie about an aging B-movie actor and forget about all the stuff with Tim Allen.

Full Review… | January 3, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Talented actors are wasted on bad script.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by it.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Joe Somebody

Saw it in the theater, only one in there. Movie drags, Tim Allen movies have very little mojo but he always give good performances.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


Very oddly plotted and thought out, but it has points that make you chuckle, and other points where you want to punch yourself in the face! Both ways are very balanced out, therefore, I sort of liked it I guess!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Joe...Schmo. Average, Predictable and half-boring movie. Good cast though

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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