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A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their mismatched personalities soon dissolves the business into a morass of recriminations and... See full summary »

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Paul Schneider

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Zene Baker (story), Paul Schneider
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crudup ... Curtis Prentiss
Paul Giamatti ... Rick Honeycutt
David Hornsby ... Kenny Owenby
Kristen Wiig ... Mandy Riddle
Elizabeth Marvel ... Tonya Honeycutt
Denis O'Hare ... Chuck Stutters
Garret Dillahunt ... Carson Thrash
James Wetzel ... Dennis
Brent King Brent King ... Berger
Anna Camp ... Becca French
Nate Mooney ... Randy Pendler
Adam LeFevre ... Phil the Neighbor
Aasif Mandvi ... Ted the Banker
Dierdre Friel ... Erica the Waitress
Daniel Stewart Sherman ... Credit Card Clerk
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A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their mismatched personalities soon dissolves the business into a morass of recriminations and retaliations, kidnapping, and murder in this parable of American dreams and delusions. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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New Jersey, USA

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Curtis Prentiss: Blueprints this, blueprints that. That's all I'm hearing lately.
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weak wacky indie turns dark
8 November 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Curtis Prentiss (Billy Crudup) has a new idea for an invention. He enlists the help of his friend Kenny Owenby (David Hornsby) who owns a mattress store. Mandy Riddle (Kristen Wiig) works at the store. Rick Honeycutt (Paul Giamatti) is an unemployed rocket scientist. The invention is a rocket belt but Curtis has no technical knowledge and no money.

Billy Crudup is wrong for a wacky indie comedy lead. He is not at all funny. It should be much more of a dark comedy early on. Paul Giamatti is fine as a foil to a funnier character and he's also fine in a black comedy. Hornsby does his normal thing. Kristen Wiig is hilarious when she actually gets lines. In general, there are not enough funny jokes and Crudup is not the best one to deliver them anyways. It's a weak attempt at writing and directing from Paul Schneider who is usually an actor. Actually he could have played Curtis a little bit better than Crudup. The last third turns into something darker which isn't set up in the first part of the movie. I can see what this is attempting but it doesn't work.


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