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.

With:
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

  • Rose Byrne

    Film News Roundup: Rose Byrne in Talks to Join Tiffany Haddish's 'Limited Partners'

    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 […]

  • Cher and Meryl Streep'Mamma Mia! Here

    How the Cast of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Geeked Out Around Cher

    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 […]

  • 'BuyBust' Review

    Film Review: ‘BuyBust’

    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 […]

  • John Malone

    John Malone, Scott Paterson Retiring From Lionsgate Board

    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 […]

  • Moviepass

    MoviePass Parent's Stock Plunges Again to Record Low

    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 […]

  • Timothee Chalamet

    Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Star in Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'

    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 […]

  • Taraji P Henson Sam Rockwell

    Taraji P. Henson-Sam Rockwell Drama 'Best of Enemies' Bought by STX

    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