My wife is a person who is one who likes to try all kinds of movies. Because of this and our Netflix membership a wide swath of films have passed though the doors of this house over the years. Some are good, some are bad, but there is usually one firm rule: No matter how bad a movie seems to be, my wife has always stuck it out to the end to give it a chance to get better...
To say Dummy was a failure is an insult to failures everywhere, never has a collection of decent actors managed to do so little with the material they've been given.
Then again to be fair the material was simply awful, the characters were weak, boring, uninteresting and unbelievable, producing no empathy or interest from the viewer.
In my wife's words: "They must have been desperate for a paycheck."
When given the choice between finishing a movie that's going to be in the house until Monday anyway or watching her youngest play Lord of the Rings The Return of the King on the Gamecube, the wife choose to watch him play his game.
That's really all you need to know.
BTW the reference in the title was to Roger Ebert's famous statement concerning the 126 minute version of Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny: "I thought it was the worst film in the history of the festival (Cannes). That was hyperbole -- I hadn't seen every film in the history of the festival"
I now know why he could say that: Dummy didn't appear in his movie review database.
*** out of **** Greg Pritikin's "Dummy" is more or less significantly unlike most films that deal with the narrative theme of ventriloquism in an attempt to generate both laughs and sympathy for the character who acts as the puppeteer. Perhaps it's only unlike the rest of them because Pritikin's direction and script are both very honest without allowing either to drift off into some sort of bizarre-o fantasy like the ventriloquist at the story's center has. Without the game … more
Oscar®-winner Adrien Brody has a nifty role inDummyas a shy loser whose life is transformed by... ventriloquism. Living with his parents and his caustic sister (Illeana Douglas in good form), tongue-tied Steven can't hold a conversation to save his life--until he sits a wooden dummy on his knee. Others find this kind of creepy, but Steven parlays his newfound voice into a date with his pretty lady at the unemployment office (she's played by Vera Farmiga, from15 Minutes, a soulful actress destined for big things). Writer-director Greg Pritikin doesn't oversell this modest premise, instead nicely filling in the corners with sly comedy and character bits. Milla Jovovich plays Steven's punk-rock buddy, and Jessica Walter and Ron Leibman are his parents--it's a surprisingly strong cast for an indie effort.Dummywon a release when Brody got the Oscar forThe Pianist, but this is a worthy and entertaining picture all on its own.--Robert Horton