Dumbstruck

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Released 2011

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Director:
Mark Goffman
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG
At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five fascinating performers: Kim, a former beauty queen; Dan, a thriving cruise ship performer; Wilma, a former security guard; Dylan, an introverted 13-year-old; and Terry, who struggled for decades as a small-time performer before winning "America's Got Talent" on his way to a $100 million contract to headline the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. Dumbstruck is the humorous and heartfelt story that follows these performers across the United States, Mexican Riviera, Bahamas and Japan, as they pursue their dreams of a career in puppetry.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes.

  • 50

    Variety

    It's only natural that audiences should root for such characters to succeed, but since human nature also harbors a mean streak, it's peculiar that Dumbstruck doesn't better exploit...

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Amy Biancolli

    A minor but sometimes touching documentary.

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