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'Chump Change gets a happy ending on DVD'

The Waukesha Free
January 22, 2004
by Bryan Wawzenek

If you missed it at the Milwaukee Film Festival in November, you can now catch "Chump Change" on a special features-loaded Miramax DVD (released Tuesday). The comedy, which was a labor of love for Milwaukee-raised writer / director / actor Steve Burrows, takes place both in sunny California and snowy Wisconsin as Burrows tries to make it as a star in Hollywood, only to come home and contemplate his life.

For such a small independent film, Burrows roped in some major talent, including Tim Matheson ("Animal House"), Jerry Stiller ("Seinfeld") and Fred Willard ("A Mighty Wind"). But Burrows gets many a scene stolen from him by no other than former porn actress Traci Lords, as a truly charming Milwaukee resident. "Chump Change" is a wonderfully enjoyable and often hilarious little film that really captures the essence of Wisconsin life. To add to the humor, on the DVD Burrows delivers both a director's commentary on the film and a director's commentary on that director's commentary.

Burrows will also be making an appearance at 7 p.m. Friday at the Barnes and Noble at Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. He will be signing copies of the DVD and will also take part in a Q&A with visitors.

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