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The Jerky Boys (1995)

When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John G. Brennan ... Himself / Frank 'Rubberneck' Rizzo (as Johnny Brennan)
Kamal Ahmed ... Kamal
Alan Arkin ... Ernie Lazarro
William Hickey ... Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico
Alan North ... Micky Crump
Brad Sullivan ... Detective Robert Worzic
James Lorinz ... Brett Weir
Suzanne Shepherd ... Mrs. B
Vincent Pastore ... Tony Scarboni
Brian Tarantina ... Geno
Peter Appel ... Sonny
Darryl Theirse ... Detective Connley
David Pittu ... Doorman
Frank Senger ... Bouncer
Michael Louis Wells ... Roadie
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Storyline

When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't long before Johnny and Kamal (the "Jerky Boys" of crank call fame) are wanted by the local mafia, the police, and their neighbor. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Taglines:

They were just a couple of losers from Queens... until they dialed a wrong number and got the mob!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for continuous use of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bromas pesadas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,392,403, 5 February 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,557,877
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The band whose stage is set up by the Jerky Boys is "Helmet". See more »

Goofs

When the mobster shoots the doorknob towards the end, neither the pulling of the trigger, the gunshot sounds, or the squibs sync with each other. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: [being possessed by Sol Rosenburg] Oh, God! My mother, she woke me up today. She poured a hot pan of grease all over my chest and my ass and genitals and I fell down the stairs and my shoes fell off.
Burger Bob Customer: What does that have to do with ANYTHING?
Johnny: [being possessed by Sol Rosenburg] Because I can't see damn it, you son of a bitch
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Crazy Credits

After initial credits a scene is showed where Brett Weir's housed is being destroyed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV cut that airs on the WB late nights, sometimes, is drastically different from the finished cut of the movie that can be rented on video. The print runs longer and there are a lot more gags (although very low brow). Dialogue is dramatically changed and you can tell these new scenes were filmed a year or so after the movie was made due to the length of the actors' hair, and their skin color, etc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Beef Jerky
Performed by House of Pain
Written by Erik Schrody (as Eric Schrody) & Leor Dimant
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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Funny Enough
14 February 2014 | by weetsySee all my reviews

This was bottom of the barrel cinema when it came out. Its not anything you should really have high expectations for when you start into it. That being said, compared to the bottom of the comedy barrel these days this movie is a worthwhile and entertaining entry.

The supporting cast actually isn't too bad. Other reviewers have questioned the appearance of Alan Arkin in this film, and maybe it is weird, but whatever he's in it. So is Vincent Pastore ("Big Pussy" Bonpensiero from "The Sopranos") and cameos from Tom Jones and Ozzy Osbourne (a particularly rare depiction of him when he still had some vital essence left and decked out in appropriate mid-90's high fashion.)

Speaking of the the mid-90's, there's a lot of great footage of New York City in the years right before Giulianni started cleaning the place up.

Anyways, the movie is funny. Its not the funniest movie ever, but the ad hominem attacks, creative profanity, and silly voices will make you laugh. Its nice to see their skits made into live action, even though the real genius of their humor on their tapes was that the calls were real and the calls in the movie are scripted.

Its a solid B-grade comedy. If you're expecting more, you have the wrong idea.


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