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Joe Somebody Details


Following their television series Home Improvement and the features The Santa Clause (1994) and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), the actor/director team of Tim Allen and John Pasquin collaborate once again on this high-concept comedy. Allen stars as Joe Scheffer, a nice guy video specialist for a Minneapolis pharmaceutical company who's plodding through both his thankless job and an unhappy divorce from his ex-wife Callie (Kelly Lynch). When Joe brings his daughter Natalie (Hayden Panettiere) to the office with him on Take Our Kids to Work Day, he's humiliated in a spat with company bully Mark McKinney (Patrick Warburton) over a parking space. It's the last straw for the mild-mannered Joe, who challenges McKinney to a rematch, hires a has-been action movie star (Jim Belushi) to instruct him in martial arts, and pays a stylist to make over his wardrobe and hair. As Joe's image improves and the big day approaches, he finds his new self-respecting stance has positive effects in both the workplace, as he lands a long-overdue promotion, and in his romantic life, as both Callie and a cute "wellness coordinator" (Julie Bowen) start warming up to him. The levelheaded Natalie, however, seems to prefer the previously non-confrontational dad she already loved. Joe Somebody (2001) is the feature debut of screenwriter John Scott Shepherd, who actually worked as a corporate filmmaker in Minneapolis. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 21, 2001


Tim Allen
as Joe Scheffer
Julie Bowen
as Meg Harper
Kelly Lynch
as Callie Scheffer
Hayden Panettiere
as Natalie Scheffer
James Belushi
as Chuck Scarett
Greg Germann
as Jeremy
Robert Joy
as Pat Chilcutt
Patrick Warburton
as Mark McKinney


John Pasquin
Ken Atchity
Matthew Gross
Brian Reilly
Arnold Kopelson
Anne Kopelson
John Scott Shepherd
Daryn Okada
George S. Clinton
Composer (Music Score)
David Finfer
Jackson de Govia
Production Designer
Kimberly Brent Jordan
Associate Producer
Arnon Milchan
Executive Producer
William W. Wilson III
Executive Producer
Chi-li Wong
Executive Producer
Lou Eyrich
Costume Designer
Kathy O'Rear
Costume Designer
Mark Weingarten
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Haley
First Assistant Director
Risa Bramon Garcia
Bruce Stubblefield
Supervising Sound Editor