Windy City Heat (2006)

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This made-for-cable movie may well stand the test of time as one of the most elaborate practical jokes ever televised -- or, at the very least, one of the cruelest. Perry Karavello is an actor whose talent does not quite reach the level of his ambition, but that has not stopped him from pursuing the vain bitch goddess success for nearly ten years. During this time, comedians Tony Barbieri and Don Barris, proclaiming their undying friendship for Karavello, promise him that, some day, they would help him get his big break in a high-budget action film. The dream seems within Karavello's grasp when, at long last, he lands the starring role of "sports private eye" Stone Fury in the upcoming Chicago-based film Windy City Heat. There's only one problem: There is no such film. The movie, and the grueling events leading up to its "production date" (including an outrageous meeting with the supposed Japanese "money men"), are all part of an outsized hoax, cooked up by Barbieri, Barris, and director Bobcat Goldthwait. Need we add that the hapless Karavello is kept in the dark right up the moment that the director shout's "That's a wrap"? Windy City Heat made its Comedy Central network debut October 12, 2003.
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R
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Paramount Home Video

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Don Barris
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Critic Reviews for Windy City Heat

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Windy City is either incredibly cruel or incredibly pointless; either way, it's immature, repetitive and unfunny.

Full Review… | April 30, 2011
Las Vegas Weekly

I'm disappointed that director Goldthwait lost control of his actors, who appear unconvincing and unnatural in their performances in here.

Full Review… | September 25, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Windy City Heat

My friends and I think this is one of the funniest movies of all time. I think it's real, because if it's fake, then that means Perry is the greatest actor of all time. And that's impossible, right? I've come across Perry at a couple bars in the valley and Hollywood, and he is quite a character. And then you read that he was injured in a skating accident and may have brain damage, and then this kind of a prank seems real, and then you feel bad, and then you think that Don, Tony, Bobcat, Cook, Kimmel and Carolla are beyond cruel. Wow. And maybe that's why this movie seems to stay underground. Because the real cruelness behind the comedy can't get out? If the premise is true, then it's the closest thing to a real life Truman Show. Note: "The Reveal" DVD extra.

Aaron Minton
Aaron Minton

The greatest prank ever pulled, even if it is somewhat cruel. Perry is so oblivious you think he's gotta be in on the act. I laughed at almost every improbable scenario the guillible Perry is put in. After doing some research, I concluded that this is 100% real. You have to see it for yourself. Destined to be a cult classic if it isn't already.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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Funniest movie I have ever seen. Perry is so stupid and some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is ridiculous. I love his De Niro impression. He also claims to have a "Steven Seagal smoothness" which is what makes him a good actor. You will kind of feel sorry for him at parts, but when the next ridiculous thing he says comes out of his mouth you quickly lose sympathy. Easily the best practical joke I have ever seen. This movie is hard to find, but if you make the effort to seek it out you will definetly be rewarded for your troubles.

Robert Biles
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