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Who's the Caboose? (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 10 April 1997 (USA)
A documentary team gets a grant to do a film on a rare fatal disease that is attacking homeless people. However, they quickly find the film too depressing. Ducking into a nightclub, they ... See full summary »

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Sam Seder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Ferrer Alex Ferrer ... Homeless Man
Sarah Silverman ... Susan
Sam Seder ... Max
Eric Slovin Eric Slovin ... Congratulator #1
Leo Allen ... Congratulator #2
Beth Tapper Beth Tapper ... Susan's Friend
Alison Solomon Alison Solomon ... Susan's Other Friend (as Allison Soloman)
Todd Barry ... Football Player
Marc Maron ... Comedian
Ross Brockley Ross Brockley ... Social Dilettante
Andy Dick ... Jason Reemer
Laura Silverman ... At Every Audition Girl
Laura Kightlinger ... Gwenn
Wendy Smith Wendy Smith ... Casting Director #1
David Earl Waterman David Earl Waterman ... Earl (as David Waterman)
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A documentary team gets a grant to do a film on a rare fatal disease that is attacking homeless people. However, they quickly find the film too depressing. Ducking into a nightclub, they discover a young Manhattan comedienne and decide instead to follow her as she makes the circuit of auditions in L.A. as she tries to get a TV pilot. Unfortunately, she has failed to tell her boyfriend of this move. He decides he will trail her out west. There, the boyfriend runs into an old friend who has already made a break on a TV pilot. Seizing the opportunity, the actress turns her attentions to the established actor. However, the actress goes nowhere in auditions, but her ex-boyfriend is suddenly noticed and becomes the next hot prospect. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Swingers: The Documentary
27 April 2014 | by timbocool64See all my reviews

'Who's the Caboose?' is a daringly unvarnished look at the shark- infested waters of Hollywood's double-talk and ruthlessly superficial professional relationships formed during "Pilot Season," and the desperation boiling beneath the surface of the scene.

I appreciate that the mockumentary format serves the authenticity of the story but it's realism is earned at a great sacrifice; the film is not engaging, it successfully delivers a very authentic feeling story but the intentional blandness of 'real-life' negates any possible emotion we might be feeling for the characters.

The movie explores the uphill battle of actors breaking from underground comedy clubs to mainstream sitcom success but what struck me the most was how many fantastic comedians are criminally underutilized in their comedic capacity. Naturally mischievous Sarah Silverman portraying an irritable and neurotic bore, ludicrously funny David Cross barely gets a peek of screen time and H. John Benjamin whose wry voice you have heard in so many great cartoons playing an officious, effervescent lawyer. It's an arm-wrestle between miscast roles and an aggressively dry script.

It's okay, but if you sort-of liked what you saw, I recommend watching the far superior 'Swingers' which came out a year prior, similar fare but done with greater style and a more engaging emotional core.


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