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.