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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 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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Comedy , Drama
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Frank Whaley
as Jimmy O'Brien
Lynn Cohen
as Ruth
John Elsen
as Tony
Mitchell Greenberg
as Dr. Schull
Matthew Lawler
as Dr. Burke
Rachel Stern
as Nurse Allen
Robert Whaley
as Mr. Slocum
Heather Bucha
as Hostess
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
Frankie Dellarosa
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.

December 13, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

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

December 13, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

So faithful to the doldrums of the not-quite-urban, not-quite-suburban milieu as to have viewers recoiling from the reality check.

Full Review… | May 13, 2003
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.

Full Review… | December 16, 2002
Film Threat

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

December 13, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Jimmy Show

I dont remember this movie at all, but i know i watched it, that must mean it really wasnt a good movie at all.

Christie Brandt
Christie Brandt

Good try, but depressing. Frank Whaley does a fine job acting. His direction is a bit negative though and a real downer. It was an uncomfortable film to watch. Not a bad film at all, it just left me feeling bummed.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Effectively depressing but lacking any hope or message with impact. God bless Frank Whaley, the guy is talented and gives this film his all, but it just doesn't come together to form a memorable or meaningful experience. Hardcore Whaley buffs will find Whaley's writing/directing/acting job worth it, but others will be bored after the first half-hour of ennui.

Caleb McCandless
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