The most irksome thing about this wayward, shaggy-elephant comedy from director Howard Franklin is that it gets off to a roaring start, but goes down for the count at the first hint of plot glitch. Jack Corcoran (Bill Murray), motivational speaker and author of the
self-help manual Get Over It,
always thought his dad was long dead. So imagine his surpirse when his father -- a two-bit circus performer -- actually does die, bequeathing him an old trunkful of clown props and an 8,000-pound elephant named Vera. Jack tries to cash in, negotiating by phone
with two potential buyers: gruff but humane zoologist (Janeane Garofalo) and a sexy but cruel animal trainer ...