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n. a dull person; a jerk. (From Yiddish.) Taylor is such a nebbish. Why doesn’t she just give up?
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It pits the shyster Harry Donenfeld, a Rumanian Jew with a street-honed talent for self-projection who turns his family printing business into a print-and-distribution company for sex and crime pulps and later for comics, and the allrightnik Jack Liebowitz, who lends his accounting skills first to socialism and the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union and later to corporatism and Donenfeld's Independent News Company, against the nebbishes Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the dreamy, timid, insulated, Cleveland-born writer and illustrator of the original Superman.
The other half of the equation in this four-person play is Nick and Honey - earnest young nebbishes who are totally unequipped for this den of vipers.
By the end of movie, the world has turned upside down: Donald Sutherland wants to nuke some very expensive real estate into the Stone Age; the Army is stalking the monkey with helicopters and stun guns; and Hoffman, after decades of playing nebbishes, is incredibly transformed into an action hero.
9) Woody Allen's characters have always struck us more as nebbishes than schlemiels.