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A Stand Up Guy (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 9 February 2016 (USA)
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A low-level mobster takes a stab at stand-up comedy while in the Witness Protection Program.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Sammy
Annie Heise ... Vicky
Nick Cordero ... Sal
Luke Robertson ... Dom
Jay R. Ferguson ... Manny
Moran Atias ... Maria
Ethan Suplee ... Marshal
Elizabeth Alton ... Maddison
Ray Iannicelli ... Frank
Ben Lyons ... The Host- Ian Cams
Andrew Fiscella ... Uncle Pat
Mamie Parris ... Tricia
Stevie Guttman ... Bob
Ethan Russell ... Earl
Bob Saget ... Mel


Sammy Lagucci is a lovable loser who just wants to do right by his daughter. When he finds out the gangsters he runs with are planning to take him out, he enters the Witness Protection program to protect himself and his family. Going from The Big Apple to a small town in Wisconsin gets him down at first, but on a dare he does an impromptu stand-up comedy routine and finds he has a knack for it. His act goes viral, and what should be a blessing turns into a curse when his newfound fame gets the attention of the mob.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Hiding from the mob has never been a laughing matter. Until now.




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Release Date:

9 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Set See more »

Filming Locations:

Airmont, New York, USA

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At about 16 minutes in, Sammy is walking down the sidewalk and passes a guy in a baseball cap leaning against the wall next to the bar. Camera changes view to Sammy entering the bar and the guy in the hat disappears. See more »

Crazy Credits



The Funeral
Written by Ben Bridwell, Mat Brooke, Chris Early, Tim Meinig
Produced by Phil Elk
Performed by Band of Horses
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Worse than I could have expected
11 July 2016 | by johnmartindjSee all my reviews

I have seen many great films that have gotten rotten reviews and this one didn't have many expectations but I thought it might be off beat and funny in some sense. I was shocked that it was worse than my lowest expectations. The main character is not cute, funny, charming, smart or funny (did I already say not funny?). He is supposed to be a stand up comedienne and yet his act sucks. He makes fun on members of the audience and the act is disturbing and uncomfortable. The love interest is laughable but only because they have no charisma together and there is no way to believe she would be involved with such a loser. None of his friends are funny, none of her friends are funny especially her brother who tried so very hard to be funny and failed. Terrible script, terrible directing, terrible film. A couple of nice moments with his daughter but that isn't the main focus of the film because the director shined the light in all the wrong places.

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