The Polka King

Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

Directed by: Maya Forbes
Genres: Comedy,
Production Company: ShivHans Pictures, Electric Dynamite, Permut Presentations, Red Hour,

The Polka King - The greatest scandal in polka history. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 22-01-2017
  • Runtime: 95 Minutes
  • Popularity: 12.34
  • Vote Count: 212
  • IMDB Rating: 5.6
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Jack Black - Azwaad Movie Database Jack Black Jan Lewan
Jenny Slate - Azwaad Movie Database Jenny Slate Marla Lewan
Jason Schwartzman - Azwaad Movie Database Jason Schwartzman Mickey Pizzazz
Jacki Weaver - Azwaad Movie Database Jacki Weaver Barb
J.B. Smoove - Azwaad Movie Database J.B. Smoove Ron Edwards
Robert Capron - Azwaad Movie Database Robert Capron David Lewan
Willie Garson - Azwaad Movie Database Willie Garson Lonny
Vanessa Bayer - Azwaad Movie Database Vanessa Bayer Bitsy Bear
Robert Macaux - Azwaad Movie Database Robert Macaux Christopher
Mary Klug - Azwaad Movie Database Mary Klug Anita Krzyewski
Photo Name Department
Jeanne McCarthy-Production Jeanne McCarthy Production (Casting)
Susan Lyall-Costume & Make-Up Susan Lyall Costume & Make-Up (Costume Design)
Wallace Wolodarsky-Writing Wallace Wolodarsky Writing (Writer)
Maya Forbes-Directing Maya Forbes Directing (Director)
Maya Forbes-Writing Maya Forbes Writing (Writer)
Carl Sprague-Art Carl Sprague Art (Production Design)
Catherine Haight-Editing Catherine Haight Editing (Editor)
Andrei Bowden-Schwartz-Camera Andrei Bowden-Schwartz Camera (Director of Photography)

See Full Cast & Crew of The Polka King


Something's missing from this one, or maybe it's couple of things. Jack Black plays goofy loveable Polka King of Pennsylvania Jan Lewan. He is completely certain of his own talent and has an immense drive to make it big. Sadly he isn't that smart, and not enough people love his music, only a group of dedicated elderly fans, so in a desperate act out of what seems like altruism he starts what is essentially a ponzi scheme to help get his musicians paid more and build his empire. Jack Black is solid, so if you like his schtick or Polka music you may enjoy this, but outside of that it seems like the actors think this film is a comedy when nothing really funny is said or done. The film ambles along, recreating the events, but it misses any kind of heart or soul that would have been found in the real people. The biggest disappointment was Jason Schwartzman, the usually solid comedy actor was completely coasting. And what a total waste of JB Smoove. Jenny Slate seemed the most committed to her role outside of Jack Black, but even she couldn't hold this film together. All in all the film reminded me of another Jack Black film based on true events called Bernie, but Bernie was superior in every way.

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