Super Sucker

2003

Super Sucker

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Clean carpets and dirty minds find a common ground in this comedy written, directed, produced, and distributed by leading man Jeff Daniels. Fred Barlow (Daniels) is a hapless door-to-door salesman who scrapes together a living selling and distributing the Super Sucker Home Cleaning System, a deluxe vacuum cleaning unit, in the small Michigan community of Johnson City. While Barlow and his dedicated but inept staff believe in their product, they don't have much luck in actually moving the merchandise, and hotshot fellow distributor Winslow Schnaebelt (Harve Presnell) is eager to take over Barlow's territory. Super Sucker prexy Cy Suckerton II (John Lepard), tired of the squabbling between Barlow and Schnaebelt, decides to settle the matter once and for all with a contest -- whoever sells the most vacuums in 30 days will have all of Johnson City to themselves. Barlow and his right-hand-man Howard Butterworth (Matt Letscher) try to gear up their staff to make an all-out sales assault on Johnson City, but it turns out that the deciding factor may well be the "Housewife's Little Helper," a little-used vacuum attachment for "cleaning those hard-to-reach places" which Barlow discovers has a surprising use that has nothing to do with sweeping the rug. Super Sucker also features a guest appearance by Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island) as the official Super Sucker spokesperson; longtime Bob Seger sideman Alto Reed contributed to the film's soundtrack.

Cast

Jeff Daniels
as Fred Barlow
Harve Presnell
as Winslow Schnaebelt
Matt Letscher
as Howard Butterworth
Dawn Wells
as Herself
John Seibert
as Boy on Bike
Kate Peckham
as Darlene
Terry Heck
as Nicole
Michelle Mountain
as Bunny Barlow
Guy Sanville
as Leonard
Will Young
as Clifford
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Critic Reviews for Super Sucker

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  • Has a mad energy and proud idiocy that's impossible to deny.

    January 24, 2003 | Rating: B-

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Daniels obviously loves the medium and knows how to assemble a movie, but he needs to flesh out a story that could easily have been told between beers and burps at the Escanaba hunting camp.

    January 24, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A terrible movie.

    January 24, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Daniels turns to hackneyed stereotypes and easy plot lines, choosing to see the Midwest as a place where door-to-door salesmen rule the streets and bored housewives all lead unfulfilling cookie-cutter lives.

    January 23, 2003 | Rating: 1/4
  • Simply put, this movie about sweeper salesmen is a comedic vacuum.

    July 12, 2006 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • 'Hopefully, "Super Sucker" will be Jeff Daniels final foray into directing and writing. NO MORE!!!!! NO MORE!!!!!!'

    March 31, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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