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Joe Somebody
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"Nobody's idea"
2 stars

Everybody wants to be somebody. So when you aren't Somebody you're always looking around with envy at the Somebodies who have been noticed by other Somebodies. Sounds rather silly - if not confusing. It's the same with this movie.

The drive for people to have their allotted 900 seconds of fame can be strong. Yet when they experience a taste of it, surely that desire for fame quickly runs out the room screaming. Well maybe for some.

Fame is the spookiest thing. It's not actually something you do yourself. It's something that that other people do to you. Having people who have never met you, arguing about the merits of you is the weirdest feeling. How on earth wound they know what you are like or what you're thinking?

Despite the pitfalls of fame clear for the world to see, lots of people would like to be noticed just that little bit more - Such as Joe (Allen). Joe's an AV guy at a dodgy pharmaceutical company. He's not the sort of person who gets noticed much around the company - if not completely ignored.

While looking for a car park at work, Mark (Warburton) steals the last park and humiliates Joe in the process. Such is the degree of humiliation that it eventually leads to a promise of a fight which Joe has Chuck (Belushi) help him train.

Tim Allen doesn't do a completely terrible job. He's trying his best in this film and it's not too bad in the scheme of things. Right from his first shot you can see he's making an effort to make something of his character. His comedic timing is still there too.

The girl as the daughter is not too bad, not seeming to try being overly cute. She's mature beyond her years and was probably a little hard done by her dad.

And Belushi is funny in a rather overweight has-been kind of way.

The film has a very Disney Keeping-Yourself-Nice feel to and that will grate on you when you're not in the mood to tolerate it. A fair effort that is an improvement on Allen's other films (except Galaxy Quest), but ultimately forgettable.

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User Comments

3/29/08 Pamela White stupid plot and Allen cannot carry the show 2 stars
11/22/07 Monday Morning Jack Sommersby, I'll bet you have. 4 stars
3/03/06 Anthony Feor Its not the greatest 2 stars
12/15/05 Jeff Anderson Two words:James Belushi! He provides the only good moments in this smug & unfunny "comedy". 2 stars
8/25/05 ES You really feel bad when he gets embarrassed in front of his kid 4 stars
7/25/04 Katie I'm watching it right now and it's not that bad! 3 stars
12/01/03 *A Monotonous Creton Who Loves Tom Hulce* for Belushi 3 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby I've seen bowel movements more preferable. 1 stars
6/02/02 Chris There's some charm here there's also no reason to see this movie. 2 stars
5/26/02 Priscilla Postlethwaite Allen hardly wrenching; Bowen narrow in acting range. Belushi steals what show there is. 3 stars
5/26/02 Peter Klein It's obvious that a society that breeds and needs the undesirable would hate a family show! 4 stars
3/06/02 Julia Cox Watchable after rebounding a bit from annoying mannerisms and dumb male stereotypes. 4 stars
1/18/02 Melissa in NYC Hey Tim, do us all a favor and stick to being Buzz Lightyear. 1 stars
1/13/02 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Tim Allen should be sent to jail for this piece of crap. I walked out!! 1 stars
12/30/01 Todd This movie is worse than Hitler. 1 stars
12/27/01 Spiderman Stupid, silly, childish nonsense. Should have never been greenlighted! 1 stars
12/27/01 Shawn Burden Sucks mother fucking cock more than Kirsten Raby does! Pure shit!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
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