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Danny Roane: First Time Director (2006)

R | | Comedy | March 2006 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Eddie Alfano ... Vinnie Carbonarra
Jamie Anne Allman ... Candice Sauvigne (as Jamie Brown)
Lucas Astrom ... Adam (as Lucas Dick)
Bob Bancroft ... Allen Roane
Jack Black ... Jack Black
Mo Collins ... Deidra Fennigan
Marshall Cook ... Nathan West
Catherine DePrima Catherine DePrima ... Business Woman
Andy Dick ... Danny Roane
Jacob Dick Jacob Dick ... Evan Wetzle
Kevin P. Farley ... K.C.
Kate Flannery ... Marla
Derrel Furutani Derrel Furutani ... Japanese Auditioner
John Garret John Garret ... Frank
Charna Halpern Charna Halpern ... Jewish Festival M.C.
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A television actor drinks too much and gets blackballed from the industry, and then he decides to break back in by directing his own movie. Eventually, he gets sober, and then falls off the wagon and goes crazy and turns his film into a musical. Written by CartmanKun@aol.com

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Rated R for drug content, crude and sexual humor and some language
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March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Paul Gunderson: Is a line producer important to a film? I don't know, let me ask you a question - are your feet important to you walking?
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Walk Like and Egyptian
Written by Liam Sternberg
Performed by Willie Wisely, Ryan Perez-Daple and Andy Dick
Produced by Willie Wisely & Ryan Perez-Daple
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A Bad Movie, but Laughs to Be Had
28 April 2006 | by Nick_DetsSee all my reviews

Andy Dick's new movie doesn't truly feel like a movie. It wanders from scene to scene with Dick's often funny, unmistakable brand of humor. A lot of the jokes don't work, but there more laughs then you'd expect. To enjoy it, think of it more of an extended episode of "The Andy Dick Show". But an episode of his brilliant (but short lived) series this isn't, and as a movie it's pretty awful.

Dick's "mostly autobiographical" story follows the title character, a down-and-out former sitcom golden boy who is quickly slipping to the F list. We learn through a horribly filmed, lazily directed "News Radio" spoof that it is wasn't Andy/Danny's proudest career moment, even if it was of his most successful. With a muddled motivation, he puts together a movie about his substance abuse problems.

With this story, Dick able to make jibes at the industry and these are the best moments of the film. Starting with the untoppable "Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel" sequence and continuing with hilarious scenes ripping apart empty-headed execs, intense crew members and naive actors, Dick is able to stick it to the industry. He is also able to make fun of himself and his colleagues in the process (Ben Stiller, Jack Black, James Van Derbeek and more are all able to make fun of themselves in assorted scenes).

There's no doubt "Danny Roane" is filled with some great moments, but they are strung together with bad camera work, platitudinous scenes, and plenty of unoriginality. Not to mention none of it feels consistent or effectively planned out. Dick and producer/star Marshall Cook admit to not following many conventional film techniques, and it really hurts the film. It wouldn't be so much of the bother if the script wasn't such a banal rip off of "Bowfinger" and "Living In Oblivion".

With more work, higher talent in crew and a bigger budget, "Danny Roane: First Time Director" could have been a hit. As it is, it far too often descends to bomb territory and gets tired out too quickly. In all, it's a pretty awful debut, but that's not to say there's some laughs to be had.

Note: I attended the Northeast Premiere of this film, where Andy attended obviously drunk. Although I reviewed his film with as little bias as possible, he was disrespectful to even the fans in the audience. Seems pretty contradictory of the final words in the credits ("Thanks to my fans who stuck with me through the bad times.") It was hard to tell if Andy was really acting in this movie-and if he was intoxicated while shooting most of it. With his film, one can tell he's pretty jaded from the industry- but it seems he's jaded more so from himself.


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