Funny Bones

Funny Bones is one of my favorite movies, and a must see for anyone interested in physical comedy. Here is the description from Amazon:

Funny Bones, directed by Peter Chelsom (Hear My Song), is a weird but intriguing comedy with a particularly dark edge. Oliver Platt plays a would-be comedian, the son of a major comedy star (Jerry Lewis); Dad’s reputation even overshadows his son’s Las Vegas debut. After that flop the son tries to go back to his roots and heads for his father’s launch pad in Blackpool, England. There, he meets his previously unknown half-brother (Lee Evans), a bizarre comedy savant who teaches him a thing or two about taking risks to get laughs, and discovers a secret about how his father got started. Platt is likably lost and Lewis is perfectly overbearing, but the real find here is Evans, a rubber-faced, protean comic with always-surprising material. –Marshall Fine

The part about “discovers a secret about how his father got started” sheds light on the casting of Jerry Lewis as the father. Jerry Lewis of course made his name as a goofy physical comedian, and Lee Evans appears to be the child who inherited the talent, the “funny bones”.

The movie has a parallel story about drug smuggling, but the American edit seems to have cut out some of the conclusion to that.

Here is the trailer:

The film is not available on Netflix, and it may be out of print. Amazon has copies for sale for just a few bucks.

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