Standing Up and Out
Joe Somebody
Review by Ross Anthony

Joe (Tim Allen) is the "A/V guy" for a pharmaceutical company. You'll love their slogan: "Volomin: Making you better than you really are."

Joe is recently divorced, habitually overlooked for promotion and in general; but it's a parking lot bully that slaps Joe into a new outlook on life and himself. Running home with his tail between his legs, Joe eventually emerges with a new perspective that attracts previously oblivious colleagues to him like leeches to flesh. His distinguishing characteristic: Joe challenges that bully to a public fist-fight.

Neither Joe's daughter, nor his romantic interest, support this barbaric stance. Still, Joe learns the fine art of hand-to-hand from a has-been action star (Jim Belushi).

Extremely light, but pleasant. Rarely a big laugh, but a friendly supply of chuckles; "Joe" maintains a mild smile. A romantic comedy to boot, Joe's stand isn't only for his self-respect ... it's for the girl too.

Screenwriter John Scot Shepherd's (Joe's namesake) 12-year old daughter inspired the role of Joe's little girl, "Natalie, like my own kid could easily be the caretaker of the family."

Belushi, who has experience both in action films and martial arts says, "Karate and teaching both share a sense of honor, and helping people is often a spiritual experience."

  • Joe Somebody. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG.
  • Starring Tim Allen, Julie Bowen, Kelly Lynch, Hayden Panettiere, Jim Belushi, Greg Germann, Patrick Warburton.
  • Directed by John Pasquin.
  • Written by John Scott Shepherd.
  • Produced by Arnold & Ann Kopelson, Matthew Gross, Ken Atchity, Brian Reilly at Fox2000/Regency.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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