is an independent romantic comedy released in 2002 about Steven (Adrien Brody
), a lovable loser who learns how to express himself and come out of his shell through ventriloquism. After being fired from his unfulfilled office job, Steven finds himself at the desk of unemployment counselor Lorena (Vera Farmiga). Choosing to pursue his dream of being a professional ventriloquist, Steven hones his skills and tries to work up the nerve to ask out Lorena with the help of his best friend and fellow misfit, Fangora (Milla Jovovich
Dummy provides examples of:
- Brick Joke: Steven puts on a CD of John Philip Sousa ("the guy that does all the marches") when alone at home with Lorena. After dropping her off and being told by Lorena that she's not ready for a relationship, he comes home with the CD still playing.
- Can't Spit It Out: Steven.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: With the exception of his sister Heidi, Steven's entire family. Fannie can be like this sometimes, too.
- Demonic Dummy: Averted. The dummy, though a bit creepy at times, never acts of its own accord or shows any hostility (that Steven doesn't project onto it). Played with in one shot near the end, but the dummy was simply being operated by an off-screen character.
- Gun Struggle: Variation. The gun goes off, but it turns out to be a prop.
- Hollywood Restraining Order
- Mistaken for Gay: Lorena, by Fangora.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Fangora.
- Stalking Is Love: Believed by Michael, Heidi's ex-fiancÚ, who attempts to propose to Heidi by holding her at gunpoint. Heidi and Lorena disagree.
- Widowed at the Wedding: Lenora and her late fiancÚ. Also Someone to Remember Him By.