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The Jimmy Show (2001)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 13, 2002
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 3, 2003

Budget $1,000,000

Official Website:
The Jimmy Show Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country USA

Studio Next Wednesday, Stonelock Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Psychodrama, Urban, Disturbing

Plot: Is the dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?

-- Bruce Springsteen, "The River"

I'm Jimmy O'Brien, and ice cream runs through my veins.

JIMMY O'BRIEN (Frank Whaley) is a stand-up comedian. Not a very good one, which explains his day job at Tops Grocery, where he stocks shelves with his best friend RAY (Ethan Hawke) and pilfers cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Like any dreamer, Jimmy yearns to escape his working class roots and some day make it big. And he would, too, if not for the nagging details of his small life.

Jimmy lives with his high school sweetheart ANNIE (Carla Gugino), their daughter WENDY (Jillian Stacom) and his wheelchair-bound grandmother RUTH (Lynn Cohen) in a sagging house propped among the stark suburban sprawl of blue collar New Jersey. Burdened with a run-down car, Ruth's failing health and, after being fired from Tops, a quick succession of low-paying jobs, Jimmy grows increasingly irritable and distant. Despite his best efforts, he seems to float on the precipice of manhood, torn between devotion to his family and the relentless echo of his dreams.

I'm Jimmy O'Brien, young, fresh, angry.

As the pressures of his home-life mount, Jimmy finds release amid a lonely stretch of comedy clubs along the Jersey turnpike. Every Tuesday—in some

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 Directed by
Frank Whaley
Joe the King, Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams
 Written by
Frank Whaley
Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams, Broken Arrow
Jonathan Marc Sherman
Broadway: The American Musical
Frank Whaley
Pulp Fiction, Field of Dreams, Broken Arrow
Carla Gugino
Sin City, Snake Eyes, The One
Ethan Hawke
Dead Poets Society, Gattaca, Training Day
Lynn Cohen
Munich, Deconstructing Harry, The Station Agent
 Music By
Georg Brandl Egloff
Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal
Anthony Grimaldi
Joe the King
Robert Whaley
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