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Meet Bill (2007)

Bill (original title)
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A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.

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Melisa Wallack
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Bill
Jessica Alba ... Lucy
Elizabeth Banks ... Jess
Logan Lerman ... The Kid
Holmes Osborne ... Mr. Jacoby
Todd Louiso ... John Jr.
Timothy Olyphant ... Chip Johnson
Reed Diamond ... Paul
Kristen Wiig ... Jane Whittman
Jason Sudeikis ... Jim Whittman
Andy Zou Andy Zou ... Donald Choo
Ana Mackenzie ... Sarah Sheldon (as Ana Lucasey)
Constance Barron ... Mrs. Jacoby
Conor O'Farrell ... Principal
Julia Pace Mitchell ... Dana
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Storyline

Bill is unhappy: he has married a banker's daughter and has a dead end job at the bank; his wife Jess is tied to daddy's wallet; and, Bill is developing a gut from lack of exercise and constantly eating candy bars. He dreams of buying a donut franchise to be independent of Jess's dad. Bill is roped into a mentoring program at his old prep school, assigned a smart-mouthed kid who pops up when least expected. When Jess starts an affair with Chip, a local TV personality and vain Rob Lowe look-alike, it sends Bill, the kid, and a young sales clerk from a lingerie shop on a quest to win back Jess and get the donuts. What about self-respect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A comedy about someone you know.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2008 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Albans, Missouri, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,201, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:

$59,108
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Also known as Starting Over. See more »

Goofs

When Bill is cutting the picture of Chip out of the magazine, he only makes one cut between his legs, but in the next shot there are two cuts between Chip's legs. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Let me tell you something, kid. Working sucks, okay? Working sucks! And it doesn't matter if you're in a bank, a department store or a doughnut factory, because once you've been there long enough, the only thing you'll care about is when your next pay increase is, how many vacation days you've accrued and if your health insurance is gonna pay for the cholesterol medicine that keeps your heart pumping no matter how much shit you've worked through it. Then after you've gained 20 or 30 pounds ...
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Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Joey Katsaros (as Joseph Katsaros)
Performed by Infinity
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Light fun with a surprise or two
7 May 2008 | by sioenrouxSee all my reviews

I'm not much of a comedy fan, mostly because in recent years they've strayed too far into smart-ass one-liner dumb-formula potty-humor cardboard-cutout territory, which is fine if you like that sort of thing, but I don't.

This, though, is an old-fashioned comedy with heart. Can Bill make his life better with the help of a precocious teen? Sure he can. But the way he gets there isn't just the standard formula, and that makes it a fun watch.

It also helps that the technical work is all top-notch, and the supporting cast is pitch perfect, from the staid father-in-law to the somewhat manic doughnut franchisers.

This isn't a movie that will make you guffaw and belly laugh for an hour and a half, but it does make you feel inspired and offers a few chuckles along the way. In that regard, it reminds me of "Charlie Bartlett," "Juno" and "Rocket Science."

I'm glad this style of comedy didn't die out because of the Farrelly Brothers' success. Their kind of comedy is redundant and dumb -- this type leaves you happy for a while. And Hollywood should do that more often.


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