The Jimmy Show

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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 complainer, Jimmy is vitriolically bitter about his lack of a childhood. His latest dream, one in a series of failed schemes to make it big, is to be a standup comedian. Yet Jimmy's idea of a schtick is less one-liners and gags than a prolonged confessional rant about his marriage, the loss of his parents, and his grandmother. As the film progresses, Jimmy's monologues grow darker and ever more sinister. This film was scheduled to be screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Frank Whaley
as Jimmy O'Brien
Matthew Lawler
as Dr. Burke
Rachel Stern
as Nurse Allen
Robert Whaley
as Mr. Slocum
Bill Rowley
as Fireplace Man
Bunny Levine
as Fireplace Woman
George Demas
as Man in Club
William Peden
as Man in Club
Jefferson Breland
as Man in Club
Ruth Kulerman
as Keema Woman
Edgar Oliver
as Mulligatawny Man
Laura Jordan
as Jersey Girl
Lynn Pesce
as Jersey Girl
Jeff Wells
as Jersey Guy
Raynor Scheine
as Pharmacist
Sam Stone
as Jimmy at 5
Sheila Kay Davis
as Social Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Jimmy Show

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

  • 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.

    Dec 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
  • The film, like Jimmy's routines, could use a few good laughs.

    Dec 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2002 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Rewarding for its brash originality and daring in etching a portrait of a man who refuses to take life's disappointments lying down.

    Dec 16, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Whaley's determination to immerse you in sheer, unrelenting wretchedness is exhausting.

    Dec 13, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Jimmy Show

  • Feb 23, 2008
    frank whaley, writes directs and stars, as jimy a wannabee stand up comedian. who gets a chance in a comedy club, hes chuffed, even though its a open mike night, but a pregnancy and a dead end job, gets in way, will he live his dream, 9 months later hes doing his routine, but his act is more a guy getting thoughts out of his life, and not comedy, various jobs and caring for mother, impact life some more, and more of life gets into his stand up routine, whaley is acting well in this, showing his age, and lots of scenery to chew on, up there with swimming with sharks for best performance by him
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2008
    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.
    Mike T Super Reviewer

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