The Comedian

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  119 min.
Release Date: February 3, 2017 (limited) - February 3, 2017 - select cities
DVD/Blu-ray: May 2, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 2.50
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Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Patti LuPone, Harvey Keitel

Synopsis

Aging comedian Jackie (Robert De Niro), who was once the star of a successful TV sitcom called Eddie's Home, has fallen on hard times. He's having difficulty finding work and when his agent finally gets him a gig in a club on "TV Sitcom Nostalgia Nite" alongside other former TV stars Jimmie Walker from Good Times and Brett Butler from Grace Under Fire, he blows it by attacking a member of the audience for filming his act.

While serving community service at a soup kitchen, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann) and offers to take her out to the Comedy Cellar when she has a bad day that leaves her in tears. She reluctantly accepts, but only after he agrees it's not a date. At the club, he and the comedian onstage trade insults, much to Harmony's amusement. They have such a good time that Jackie convinces Harmony to accompany him to a family wedding. Things slowly begin to turn around for Jackie when his agent books him a gig at a retirement home. The show, which goes well, is filmed and put online. The video goes viral and he's asked to make appearances on high-profile talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Mark Canton, Art Linson, John Linson, Taylor Hackford, Courtney Solomon
Screenplay: Art Linson, Jeff Ross, Richard LaGravenese, Lewis Friedman
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/thecomedian/

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  • 1 star "De Niro should've retired while he was at the top of his game. Too late for that now."
  • 5 stars "Loved the editing in this."
  • 5 stars "great movie with great laughs and great acting"