Review: ‘Windy City Heat’

The needle is stuck so deep in the groove in "Windy City Heat" that the one-joke concept behind this scattershot mockumentary is eventually forgotten by the filmmakers. To wit: Two pals cap off years of pulling pranks on their high-strung, gullible buddy by convincing him he's the star of a movie. In the end, the elaborate prank is worn so thin it has no punchline.

The needle is stuck so deep in the groove in “Windy City Heat” that the one-joke concept behind this scattershot mockumentary is eventually forgotten by the filmmakers. To wit: Two pals cap off years of pulling pranks on their high-strung, gullible buddy by convincing him he’s the star of a movie. In the end, the elaborate prank is worn so thin it has no punchline. Most notable as a post-“Man Show” effort by producers Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel and helmed by Bobcat Goldthwait, pic is to air on Comedy Central, where it may pick up some heat before ancillary.

Opening graphics inform that fame-hungry Perry (Perry Caravello) has been led to think he’s starring as a gumshoe in a movie titled “Windy City Heat,” and that everyone is in on the joke-except Perry. Goldthwait is pic-within-pic’s unexpectedly mild-mannered director, but it’s Perry’s sidekicks, Big Lou and Mole (Don Barris and Tony Barbieri, co-writers with Kimmel) who devise stunts during lensing meant to drive the perpetually screaming Perry nuts. Among the many cameos, the Chicago Bears’ William “The Refrigerator” Perry makes the best impression.

Windy City Heat

Production

A Comedy Central release of a Jackhole Industries production. Produced by Tony Barbieri, Don Barris, Adam Carolla, Daniel Kellison, Jimmy Kimmel. Executive producers, Carolla, Doug DeLuca, Kellison, Kimmel. Co-executive producers, Lisa Page, Jennifer Heftler. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. Screenplay, Tony Barbieri, Don Barris, Jimmy Kimmel.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Brad Sellers, Brian Pratt; editors, Sean Cannon, Brad Morrison; music, Jonathan Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo Jr., Les Pierce; production designer, Elvis Restaino; art director, Christine Mueller; costume designer, Rodney Munoz. Reviewed at Italian Film Awards Festival, Los Angeles, April 24, 2004. (Also in CineVegas.) Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Perry Caravello, Don Barris, Tony Barbieri, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dane Cook, Lisa Kushell, Carson Daly, Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, William Perry.
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