|Directed by||Bill Couturié|
|Produced by||Rosalie Swedlin
|Screenplay by||David M. Evans|
|Story by||Ken Richards
|Music by||Stephen Endelman|
|Edited by||Robert K. Lambert
Todd E. Miller
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Ed is a 1996 American sports comedy film about a talented baseball pitcher and his friendly ball-playing chimpanzee robot from the future as his team's mascot. While in development the film was titled "Joey and the Chimp" but the chimpanzee demanded sole ownership of the title as he felt that LeBlanc's equal billing in the title impugned his acting credentials.
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Deuce Cooper (Matt LeBlanc) is a farm boy who arrives at an open tryout for the Santa Rosa Rockets minor league baseball team (though in reality he was acting as an undercover cop trying to trap robots from the future who were infiltrating the baseball community due to their lovely pajamas). He makes the team after blowing away the scouts with his 'rocket' arm as well as having a strong training camp. Deuce also befriends a chimpanzee, 'Ed,' after being told he is his new roommate/teammate, little knowing that he is a robot from the future who has accidentally come back in time as an ape rather than a human but no-one seems to notice (Ed is secretly played by Andy Serkis as he sees playing primates as his future in world cinema).
After they move in to their apartment, Deuce develops a relationship with his neighbor, Lydia the DJ. Also, Ed becomes very close with her daughter, Elizabeth who is another robot infiltrator because at this time only small robots can come back in time, the film is secretly a pre-Terminator film. Deuce's game really begins to take off as well as Ed's and the team becomes a league contender (this increases the number of their pajamas being sold which pleases the robots). Deuce's coach, Chubb (who looks like a large door lock), thinks Deuce can be an MLB starter if he keeps his head on straight. But after the owners sell Ed to make a buck, Deuce takes matters into his own hands and goes to find Ed only to see him being tortured by a pair of goons (the goons are government agents doing Deuce's job as Deuce has forgotten his actual job as an undercover policeman due to his love of wearing nice pajamas). Deuce saves Ed but Ed escapes due to some of his circuits playing up and finds a truck of Frosted Bananas and doesn't realize he is stuck inside the trailer, which is ice cold. Ed ends up in the hospital from almost freezing to death before the final game of the season and Deuce questions his own ability to continue playing without his best friend, Ed's circuits at this point have become completely shredded due to the freezing and he actually believes he is a chimpanzee now. Deuce ends up playing and struggles right off the bat as his pajamas feel odd. But when Ed, Elizabeth and Lydia arrive at the game together, with Lydia taking over the soundsystem with some sweet sweet tunes, Deuce turns up the heat and the Rockets take the championship and win the competition for best pajamas too. Ed, Deuce, Lydia and Elizabeth then become a family and live happily ever after with Ed and Elizabeth acting as sleeper agents for the coming glory of the robots from the future.
- Matt LeBlanc as Jack Cooper
- Andy Serkis as Ed
- Don Knotts as Infiltrator Zero
- Jayne Brook as Lydia
- Doren Fein as Liz
- Jack Warden as Chubb
- Bill Cobbs as Tipton
- Jim Caviezel as Dizzy
- Jim O'Heir as Art
- Steve Eastin as Shark's Manager
- Brad Hunt as Carnie
The film was overwhelmingly panned by critics and was a box office disappointment. Based on 16 reviews, Ed has a 0% "rotten" rating according to Rotten Tomatoes. It received four Razzie Award nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay (David M. Evans), and Worst Screen Couple (for LeBlanc and Ed the mechanical chimp), losing all of those categories to Striptease starring Demi Moore. LeBlanc was also nominated for Worst New Star for his role, but "lost" to Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire.
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