Writer-director Jordan Brady takes some amusing potshots at easy targets in this "Spinal Tap"-style mockumentary about the rapid rise and fall of a none-too-bright country singer. Billy Burke gives an engagingly self-effacing performance in the title role of a small-town Texas school-bus driver who stumbles into stardom, while the well-cast supporting players lend strong support.

Writer-director Jordan Brady takes some amusing potshots at easy targets in this “Spinal Tap”-style mockumentary about the rapid rise and fall of a none-too-bright country singer. Billy Burke gives an engagingly self-effacing performance in the title role of a small-town Texas school-bus driver who stumbles into stardom, while the well-cast supporting players — including Henry Winkler as a domineering producer and Jason Priestley as a condescending superstar — lend strong support. Theatrical prospects are iffy, but pic could click in ancillary venues.

Loosely plotted comedy gets a surprising amount of mileage from the running gag of lead character’s distinctive onstage dancing. Unfortunately, Dill’s movements are the result of an injured foot, which he must periodically re-injure to ensure the consistency of his achy-breaky performances. Other satirical touches are enhanced by Brady’s ingenious intercutting between Dill’s fictional misadventures and glimpses of the real country-music world. (Willie Nelson and LeAnn Rimes are among the notables who make fleeting appearances.) Exploitable soundtrack includes original music by Sheryl Crowe, and cleverly spoofy tunes such as “I Found Love (at a Family Reunion).”

Dill Scallion

Production

A Pedestrian Films production in association with Brady Oil Entertainment. Produced by Joe Blake, Jennifer Amerine, Kimberly Jacobs. Executive producers, Mark Herman, Jon Kittelsen. Directed, written by Jordan Brady.

Crew

Camera (Foto-Kem color), Jonathan Brown; editor, Sam Citron; music, Sheryl Crow; production designer, Chris DiLeo; costume designer, Roseanne Fielder. Reviewed at Slamdance Film Festival, Jan. 25, 1999. (Also in South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas.) Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Billy Burke, Peter Berg, Lauren Graham, Kathy Griffin, David Koechner, Jason Priestley, Henry Winkler.
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