The Jimmy Show
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Following up on his directorial debut, Joe the King, actor-turned-sometimes director Frank Whaley made this gritty character study of a man consumed by anger. Working as a clerk at a supermarket, Jimmy (Whaley) makes it a practice to steal anything and everything he can get away with, usually cases of beer. At home, he supports his neglected wife (Carla Gugino), his infant daughter, and his foul-tempered invalid grandmother, whom he has been caring for since he was a teen. A compulsive complainer, Jimmy is vitriolically bitter about his lack of a childhood. His latest dream, one in a series of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film, like Jimmy's routines, could use a few good laughs."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"So faithful to the doldrums of the not-quite-urban, not-quite-suburban milieu as to have viewers recoiling from the reality check."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"It may be a somewhat backhanded compliment to say that the film makes the viewer feel like the movie's various victimized audience members after a while, but it also happens to be the movie's most admirable quality"
‑ Jason Clark, Premiere Magazine
"If the movie succeeds in instilling a wary sense of 'there but for the grace of God,' it is far too self-conscious to draw you deeply into its world."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Rewarding for its brash originality and daring in etching a portrait of a man who refuses to take life's disappointments lying down."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Whaley's performance is earnest and often riveting, but he should have taken a few lessons from his peers at amateur night."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Boxoffice Magazine
"There's an admirable rigor to Jimmy's relentless anger, and to the script's refusal of a happy ending, but as those monologues stretch on and on, you realize there's no place for this story to go but down."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"Whaley's determination to immerse you in sheer, unrelenting wretchedness is exhausting."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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