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The Polka King (2017)

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Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.
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Mickey Pizzazz
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Barb
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Ron Edwards (as JB Smoove)
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David Lewan
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Lonny
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Bitsy Bear
Robert Macaux ...
Christopher
Mary Klug ...
Anita Krzyewski
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Vince (as Wally Wolodarsky)
Lew Schneider ...
Lou Laroue
Phyllis Kay ...
Marilyn
Richard Donelly ...
Stan Moetek
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Connie Klopski
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Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

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The Man Who Would Be Polka King  »

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The real Jan Lewan, whose life this film is based, was in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival 2017 screening at the Eccles theatre. During the cast and crew Q&A, Jan joined Jack Black onstage to perform an a capella version of the Polka Rap. See more »

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Jan Lewan: You are amazing special lady that I love very much.
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References Donny & Marie (1997) See more »

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Spindlelegs
Written by C. King Palmer (as Cedric Palmer)
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POLKA KING SHOULD BE DEPOSED
13 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Firstly, this movie has some great credentials. Experienced writers who know what they are doing. But these same writers also directed and that's where this thing falls flat.

Jack Black, while not a favourite of mine, is usually so on point with his comedy that it even makes me laugh. Jenny Slate is bland as Marla and Jason Schwartzman is so beige in his performance that he might as well be invisible.

The lines were delivered without much emotion or finesse, which is strange and unexpected from these talented folks. The lip synching to the songs was so off, you could tell it was Black's voice but his lips were slightly ahead or behind on the songs.

This was flat. Flat as a pancake.

If I could give it no stars, I would. Avoid this movie and tell Netflix to get better material.

Oh, and John Candy and Eugene Levy did this schtick years ago on SCTV and it was hysterical and funny. They will always be the Polka Kings to me. This movie was an insult to their comedy.


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