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Crazy on the Outside (2010)

  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 2,687 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 8 January 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
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Crazy on the Outside (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Crazy on the Outside (2010)
  • Rate: 5.6/10 total 2,687 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 8 January 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
  • Gross: $64,438(USA)(10 January 2010)
  • Director: Tim Allen
  • Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Jeanne Tripplehorn
  • Original Music By: David Newman   
  • Soundtrack: Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
  • Plot Keyword: Ex Con | Prison | Abduction | Fast Motion Scene | Pirate Costume

Writing Credits By:

  • Judd Pillot (written by) &
  • John Peaslee (written by)

Known Trivia

  • When Tim Allen’s character is getting his mugshot, it shows him as being well over 6′ tall (with the measurement wall behind him). Tim is actually 5’9″.

Goofs: Factual errors: Since Tommy was already convicted and had served 36-months in a Federal prison, he would be released on parole, not probation. He would report to a Parole Agent not a Probation Officer. Parole is an early release program whereas probation is a diversionary program.

Plot: A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal. |  »

Story: A recently paroled ex-con who has trouble adjusting to the wacky normalcy of life outside of prison. He has spent the last three years behind bars after getting caught committing a crime and taking the rap for his much more dangerous pal.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Richard Baker known as producer
  • Brett Gregory known as producer
  • Justin Moritt known as executive producer
  • Brian Reilly known as producer
  • Anastasia Stanecki known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tim Allen known as Tommy
  • Sigourney Weaver known as Viki
  • Ray Liotta known as Gray
  • J.K. Simmons known as Ed
  • Julie Bowen known as Christy
  • Kelsey Grammer known as Frank
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn known as Angela Papadopolous
  • Helen Slayton-Hughes known as Grandma
  • Kenton Duty known as Ethan Papadopolous
  • Daniel Booko known as Cooper Luboja
  • Karle Warren known as Alex Luboja
  • Robert Baker known as Lance
  • Casey Sander known as Prison Guard
  • Jon Gries known as Edgar
  • Malcolm Goodwin known as Rick
  • Rocky La Porte known as Rocky (as Rocky Laporte)
  • Mariano Mendoza known as Inmate #3
  • Hector Atreyu Ruiz known as Prisoner
  • Scarlett Chorvat known as Cindy
  • Annie McKnight known as Drive-Thru Pirate
  • Evelyn Iocolano known as Denise – Hygienist
  • Meeghan Holaway known as Tina
  • John Hayden known as Judge Pierce
  • Rosa Nellie Ruiz known as Maid
  • Jean St. James known as Mrs. Pierce
  • Paul Tranghese known as Holding Cell Cop
  • Maggie Palomo known as Counter Person
  • Tahmus Rounds known as Pee Cup Guy
  • Jeff Kueppers known as Steve – Walking Man
  • Darla Delgado known as Gray's Girlfriend
  • Wayne Morse known as Police Officer
  • Bob Harvey known as Dental Patient
  • Juan Cortez known as Flashback Cindy
  • J. Gruuv known as Zac (as J.E. Rose)
  • Ceasar F. Barajas known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Kate Clarke known as Tommy's Mother (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gerrits known as Dentist Patient (uncredited)
  • Brian Graham known as Convict (uncredited)
  • Ricky Marciano known as Parent (uncredited)
  • Oz known as Crossword Puzzler on Bus (uncredited)
  • Kat Rogers known as Pirate Burger Employee (uncredited)
  • Vanessa Ross known as Christie's Friend (uncredited)
  • Gary Sievers known as Prisoner (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Dori Ann Blackman-Anderson known as makeup artist
  • Ora Green known as hair stylist
  • Judy Lovell known as makeup artist: Ray Liotta
  • Peter Robb-King known as personal makeup artist: Sigourney Weaver
  • Rick Stratton known as special tattoos
  • Wendy J. Weiss known as makeup department head
  • Joy Zapata known as key hair stylist
  • Roxy D'Alonzo known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Curtis Akin known as property master: reshoots
  • Laurence Castello known as paint supervisor
  • Vicki Dittemore known as set dresser
  • Timothy Feimster known as set dresser
  • Charles Kern known as camera scenic
  • Phil Langone known as storyboard artist
  • Kay Lee known as art department coordinator
  • Linda Luizzi known as buyer
  • William S. Maxwell III known as set dresser
  • Mike Medina known as construction coordinator
  • John M. Oswald known as on-set dresser
  • Dan Pemberton known as construction coordinator
  • Stuart Rankine known as assistant property master
  • Douglas S. Reilly known as graphic designer: props
  • Megan Romero known as graphic designer
  • Alan Sims known as property master




Production Companies:

  • Boxing Cat Films (presents)
  • Boxing Cat Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Act One Script Clearance  script clearance
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Doggicam Systems  sparrow head
  • Executive Assurance  security
  • LCW Props  set equipment
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Runway  post-production services
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Spacecam Systems  aerial cameras provided by
  • Wintergreen Productions  grip and lighting equipment


  • Freestyle Releasing (2010) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • James David Hattin known as digital compositor
  • Matt Hennessy known as visual effects
  • Paul Hopkins known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Kuo known as digital film scanner
  • Nicholas Lund-Ulrich known as digital effects artist
  • Marco Marquez known as digital compositor
  • Morgan McDermott known as digital compositor
  • Daniel Molina known as digital compositor
  • Corinne Pooler known as executive visual effects producer: Digital Dream
  • Marco Recuay known as digital effects supervisor: Digital Dream
  • Mai Suzuki known as digital restoration artist
  • Carey Villegas known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • France 15 May 2009 (Cannes Film Market)
  • USA 8 January 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. saucyswells from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    Tim Allen's directorial debut is very hit and miss…sadly, mostlymiss. The movie needs a lot of editing and a completely different thirdact.

    The film starts as an offbeat comedy…and even though there are nohardy belly laughs, there are a number of clever ideas and lines (manydelivered by the under-appreciated JK Simmons). But with an all-starcomic cast, you would think there would be more, ahem…comedy. Halfwaythrough the film becomes more of a family drama. The humor totallydisappears and the quirky oddball characters become normal. The thirdact is very cliché, generic and melodramatic. But all the performersgive it their best—even players like Ray Liotta and Kelsey Grammarare playing parts that could have been done by anyone. And the film'sone running gag is actually funny for a while, but it goes nowhereafter the 100th mention.

  2. DiamondGirl427 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    Yes…it was a comedy..sort of. It was also suppose to be entertainingas well…which is barely was. The characters had no couldtell these people were acting..and that the script wasn't somethingworth bringing to the big screen much less as a bargain rental from aRed Box. The movie offered major stars struggling through as if theynever bothered to learn their lines…or simply did not care to. I getthat Tim Allen obviously is a major player in Hollywood…and seeinghow his other films have been HUGE successes…this one falls flat. Noone could possibly believe this character had committed ANY crimes matter how minor. Even the "bad guys" seemed weak. Ray Liottahas made his mark in films being a bad ass…here he seemed about asdangerous as a kitten. I hope if Mr. Allen and company decides to doanother film…they find a storyline with more depth to it…Please.

  3. destruk-830-818397 from Colorado, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    90 minutes with three chuckles, this film fails to provide muchentertainment. JK Simmons is actually the best actor in the film and hegets a bunch of one-liners. This movie's target audience is one whorequires all their thinking to be done for them – the 1:20 is simplywishy washy everything goes my way type of thing for Allen, then hegets a very minor problem at 80 minutes in, and has 10 minutes to makeit right. Just in case you weren't paying attention we get a zoom in upclose and personal with writing on the screen to tell us to payattention to this problem – it is stuck in your face so deep you can'tmiss it. You will come away from this movie remembering 3 things andthat's all – it could have been a 10 minute infomercial rather thanthis POS.

  4. leftoverbot from West Central Indiana, United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    Let me first state the fact that I can watch and enjoy just aboutanything. This, however, was a slow, rough ride. "Crazy On The Outside"deserves an award for the most predictable movie ever made. I liked thecast but as a comedy, drama, or even a love story, it was weak. Also itseemed like the whole movie was shot too dark for the kind of film itwas intended to be. The only characters that really achieved any depthat all were Allen's and Weaver's. I gave this a generous 4 out of 10.

    And another thing that irritated me was all of the little specialeffects they kept tossing in as (non)humorous filler. I am referring toAllen's mother in black and white in the truck and the anger-meter whenhis sister made him mad, etc.

    Also the two love interests were annoying despite the fact that JulieBowen is one of the most visually perfect women to have ever walked theface of Earth. Jeanne Tripplehorn's character left me thinking thatTommy would have been better off in prison.

  5. Max Krause from Belgium
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    I've had actually quite negative initial approach to this movie,regardless Sigourney Weaver's involvement who is my favourite actress.That was mainly caused by many extremely negative reviews. It's shameon me as usually I try to judge myself and never based on the reviewsof critics who are very often doing weird statements. Crazy on theoutside is an another example of underrated movie, totally crushed bycritics. I have really enjoyed that movie. It's a debut of Tim Allen(Galaxy Quest, Toy Story) as a director. He is also a main role, a guycalled Tommy, who has just left prison and wants to start new life, farfrom criminal past. The story shows that it won't be very easy for him.He is fully supported by his crazy sister, played by Sigourney Weaver(who teams up with Allen again, after brilliant performance in GalaxyQuest, 1999). And actually Sigourney, who isn't main character in themovie, is one of the best, if not the best element of Crazy on theoutside. Of course story isn't brand new, dramatic conflicts areobvious, but this movie is great fun and provide solid, not stupid doseof humour. DVD release contains good sound and picture with Englishsubtitles. It's really worth of your time.

  6. Matt_Layden from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    After being released from prison, Tommy must cope with his family, hisnew job, his desire to follow in his father's footsteps and of course,not getting himself thrown back into prison.

    This film has an impressive cast, first you have Tim Allen, whom I findfunny. His sister is a compulsive liar, played by Sigourney Weaver. Sheis married to J.K. Simmons, who has a beef with Allen. They lie to thegrandmother, saying Allen went to France for 3 years, instead ofprison. He went to prison because his best friend is in some illegalshady business work, this is Ray Liotta. Allen also goes to find hisold flame, the girl he loved before he went to prison, played by thefunny Julie Bowen. She has a fiancée, played by Kelsey Grammar. FinallyJeanne Tripplehorn plays Allen's parole officer.

    Those are the players, and even though all of them have had success inthe past with their comedy chops, they all seem to be flat here. Bowen,in my opinion, as the funniest role as the girlfriend who wants tomarry Grammar, while see Allen on the side. Allen himself seems toodistracted here, this is most likely because he was directing this aswell. He went for a more likable schmuck role than a funny one. Weaver,as the compulsive liar, steals every scene she is in. Every lie shecomes up with his more outrageous than the next.

    The problem with the film is that it was more kind hearted than funny.A lot of the story elements are clichéd and predictable. Which takesthe fun out of the film. One of the things I look forward to incomedies is the unexpected, this film throws nothing like that our way.

    The film had potential, and it means well, but it leaves an unsatisfiedtaste in your mouth. A lot of the film is just mediocre and given theamount of talent behind this one, it falls short.

  7. geraldgreen525 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    This past January, Tim Allen reemerged from his two year hiatus todirect his first full length feature, "Crazy on the Outside," a moviein which he was also the lead. Tim Allen is a good guy and his workwill a bona fide guilty pleasure (looking at you Santa Clause), butthere is nothing remotely crazy about "Crazy on the Outside." At onepoint in the film, Allen's character, Tommy, probably wishes he wereback in prison. Presently, Allen probably wishes he hadn't gone throughwith this mellow, clichéd film that can most positively be described as"watchable."

    In "Crazy on the Outside," Tommy (Allen) is released from prison afterserving a three year sentence. Looking to bounce back and avoid themistakes he made previously, and under the watch of his deceivingsister Vicky (Sigourney Weaver) and his probation officer Angela(Jeanne Tripplehorn), Tommy starts to rebuild his life. Holding down ajob at a local burger joint, Tommy originally attempts to win his oldflame (Julie Bowen) back while trying to restart his father's paintingbusiness; however, as things move forward Tommy seems to be gaininginterest in Angela and vice versa.

    It's difficult to find any elements of this film that aren't negative.If anything, "Crazy on the Outside" is an enjoyable movie to watch ifyou want to kill time or maybe if you still have parents that areawkward to watch smut movies with and love Tim Allen; if so, perfectmatch. Every part of "Crazy on the Outside" is artificial and recycled.Its craziness is limited; in fact, as the story unfolds you'll findyourself wondering: "when will something entertaining happen?" Allen'stype of humor certainly isn't unanimously praised; however, he has hismoments; sadly, none of which appeared in this movie. The gags andjokes aren't even close to being humorous and the silly moments thatare tossed in, such as a pirate statue winking; only hurt the film'sname.

    "Crazy on the Outside," like many movies before, appeared to give aglimmer of hope from the trailer, but managed to fall into the safe,cliché mold that's come to be expected. The story is about aspredictable as any other; from the very beginning it is obvious thatTommy will eventually end up with Angela. To make matters worse, therewasn't even question how the two would end up together. "Crazy on theOutside" follows the typical romantic plot structure of build up,connection, disaster that rips lover's apart, rock bottom, motivationto not lose each other and reconnection. The worst part of the story isby far Angela's son Ethan who acts as the spark plug of Tommy andAngela's relationship. Ethan knows that he wants Tommy as a fatherfigure in his life after only their second meeting and it comes off asrelatively creepy and extremely unrealistic.

    Certainly, Allen will be used as a scapegoat, but there wasn't a lot towork with as far as the script goes. The only way to describe Allen'sdirectorial debut is that he took the safe route. On an acting standpoint, Allen is Allen and nothing more. The trailer made "Crazy on theOutside" appear that it'd feature a more vulgar performance from Allen,which would be a welcome sight; however, that didn't end up being thecase as he was blocked by a PG-13 rating, which will undoubtedly be thedownfall and killer of "Crazy on the Outside" as not only is it normal,it isn't crude.

    Aside from Allen, "Crazy on the Outside" features a lack of J.K.Simmons and Ray Liotta, two praiseworthy actors caught in roles thatdidn't need to be in. In fact, Liotta isn't even utilized correctly inhis scenes as his angry, aggressive persona is completely absent.Weaver may just be one of the film's few bright spots as she playsAllen's fibbing sister quite well and offers a good deal of care andspunk for the film. Weaver's Vicky could possibly have been the onlycrazy aspect of "Crazy on the Outside" as her lies only become moremonumental as they come and are the closest thing to entertainment.

    In "Crazy on the Outside," it all returns to the fact that it is falsedisplayed. There is nothing out of the ordinary in the movie and itfollows a familiar path. For the most part, its characters, actions,jokes, gags, storyline and romanticism are empty, recycled andlifeless. Sadly, this is a step backwards for Tim Allen, both from anacting and directing standpoint, especially since he probably viewed itas a safe film. At the end of the day, Allen didn't deserve to beconnected with this project; though he must have been crazy on theinside to have gone through with it.

  8. gatsby0744 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    I watched this on DVD yesterday, and had low expectations going in. Ihad never heard of it before, but I liked Tim Allen's other movies.What a surprise– I absolutely loved this movie and insisted onwatching it over again with my wife.

    It's not really laugh out loud funny, but then again I laughed out loudanyway. Except for the two cons who work at Pirate burger (and maybethe manager there), none of the characters are one-dimensional, or evenwhat you would expect (and the pirate burger employees are funny–theyjust have no depth).

    Here's the spoiler and my only regret. Sigourney Weaver's character(sister to Tim Allen's character) really wants what is best for herbrother, but she tells lies (in her mind, "white lies") all through themovie, like the lie that Tommy (Tim Allen) has been in France for thepast two years. In one scene that had me doing a spit-take, they areall seated at the family dinner table and Sigourney's husband (whoknows where Tommy has been) asks Tommy if he expects to be returning toFrance, adding something like: "because you know, statistically, mostpeople who have been to France, and get out, wind up going back toFrance." My one regret is that, at the very end of the movie, JeanieTriplehorn's character lets the cat out of the bag rather than playingalong with the whole "France" lie.

    Kelsey Grammar has a really funny small part, and Ray Liotta (who weexpect to be his character from "Something Wild" comes across as havinglegitimate affection for Tommy, but is ultimately flawed and not goodfor Tommy. I loved the whole story line of how Tommy thinks he knowswho he loves and what he wants, but comes to love someone else whoactually values the life Tommy wants.

    My only question is this– why wasn't this movie a bigger hit and whydid it not have a better title?

  9. Bollywood_Stoolsoftener ( from New Delhi
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    This is actually a pretty good movie, in a bizarre way. It is a mixtureof love, homicide and comedy. Almost all Americans movies would fill insome comedy elements, and by twisting a love story with a few cases ofhomicide have had this movie to be nearly perfect. Why they wanted toadd killings in this film, well, my guess is that people love watchingkillings becuze killing sells.

    If you enjoy the experience of being able to laugh and be touched hereand there during a movie, then this one is surely what you are lookingfor. I like the way this movie is presented. There are no copsinvolved, and all killings are seemed to be the out of choice action.You won't feel sorry about the people got killed. I even tried tounderstand how the people feel in the film and what I would do if I wasthem. It makes me think a lot, while not making me bored.

    The film begins with an almost-40-year-old college male lecturer, whonever got a shot to have a date with woman,now consulting hispsychotherapist for help with this situation.

    As he keeps asking for a change of his being-alone-makes- feel-ALONElife, god let him met a girl who just moves in downstairs in the samecondo he lives. And with the help of his friend, he asked (not reallyby him) her for a date, and surprisingly she set it a deal. Then storyfollows with their development of love, until a stranger male isappearing naked in her home. Anything followed became out of control asshe's true identity is gradually uncovered as the story goes by.

    The actor and actress left me a stunning impression. They really putsomething together that gives a burst of mojo into the movie,especially the actress. She is not the type of perfectly good-lookingfemale Americans star with 'beauty-full' face(she's obviously steppinginto her mid-age), but what she had interpret through the camera lit upsomething in my heart that shocked me more heavily than some of theother Americans pretty-face-actresses could do, even making me obsessedwith her. Leading male character is also played by a highlyprofessional skilled actor who profoundly demonstrated the creepy senseof the character in the movie. I laughed a lot during his love chasingscenes (and the scene in which he wears armor to have a chat with hisgirl, being afraid of that she might stab him, made me fall off mychair). Trust me, there are plenty of funny scenes in this movie.

    Perhaps I have to say this film is kind of US style that only Americansmay have a thorough understanding of what is going on out there. I'mnot saying that non-Americans are not able to understand the movie, butrather that not many of them can be so. Anyway, for anyone who is tiredof hollyMOOD's special effect 'mustardpiece', and enjoy the experienceof a light-touching and refreshing love comedy, I encourage them togive it a go.

  10. not_u_h from Saudi Arabia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:03 am

    When i saw the poster of the movie i thought this is what i want towatch a relaxing And a hilarious movie . but it was so much far of anydoubt i had before . the acting is so slow and very emotionally poor Icould not even tell if this is movie is a comedy or dramatic .. So istopped watching it after only 16 minutes i just wasted my money and icant even waste my precious time on it ..if u like the slow progressstory.. a cold and none sense acting watch this ……!!.. i can onlyadmit that the story is Little bit interesting but it got in the wronghands . the acting and the direction was too bad even the sound affectis not attractive .it made me sleepy .the movie also misses the elementof the surprise .. as the story is new and the title is Crazy outside..i only could see a normal people and behavior . even the scene ifkidnapping was not too much ..the music did not help the scene .

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