At the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capital of the world, director Mark Goffman discovers five extraordinary characters straight out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary. But in this delightful, it’s-all-true documentary, the characters are real, and so are the emotional attachments that they have with their “dummies.
Dumbstruck is a movie about venting. I didn’t know what that was either. It turns out it’s being a ventriloquist; it follows five different people of varying degrees of normalcy. I’m not going to say sanity, I’ll just say normalcy, including — well I’m not going to tell you very much about it. If you love ventriloquism, then you’ll probably think this is groovy. If not, may not be exactly your cup of tea, but in sort of an interesting subculture and in fact people do view themselves as a family. I’d give it three stars.