You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

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

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

More Film

  • Charles Manson Hospitalized

    Charles Manson Dies at 83

    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 […]

  • ‘Los Perros’, ‘To Let’ win Kolkata

    ‘Los Perros’, ‘To Let’ win Kolkata Festival

    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 […]

  • 'Amal' Review: A Politically Charged Egyptian

    IDFA Film Review: 'Amal'

    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 […]

  • The Kids Are Given a Mission

    The Kids Are Given a Mission in New 'A Wrinkle In Time' Trailer

    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 […]

  • Justice League

    China Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Makes $52 Million Debut

    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 […]

  • 'Lady Bird,' 'Three Billboards' Fly High,

    'Lady Bird,' 'Three Billboards' Fly High, Netflix Mum on 'Mudbound' Results

    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 […]

  • get out Oscar Race

    'Get Out' and the Golden Globes: A Lesson Not to Laugh At

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content