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THE COMEDIAN

Rated: R

Release Date: February 3, 2017

Director: Taylor Hackford

Stars: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Harvey Keitel

Plot: An aging shock comedian goes through life making people uncomfortable, including the woman he meets that is half his age

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

There seems to be a new trend in Hollywood of making films that don't have a target audience. This is at least the third film released just this year that falls into that category. It's an average film with an all-star cast, but it will only be in theaters for a few weeks because there is no group that is excited to see this movie. If it finishes higher than 7 or 8 in the top 10 this weekend I will be shocked. If I was a betting man I would put my money on it not even cracking the top 10.

 

First off, it's a cast full of old people doing old people things. That is fine if you are targeting older people, but the lead character is a shock comedian. De Niro spends most of the film spouting off insults that are guaranteed to make your grandma walk out of the theater. I've seen a lot of shock comedians in my life and I felt like I needed a shower after the movie ended.

 

Next, it brings in an uncomfortable, May-December relationship that feels awkward and forced. However, Leslie Mann rises above the rest of the cast, and brings a refreshing element to the film.

 

Finally, it's a film about a comedian and is filled with comedians, but it isn't that funny. It almost feels like you are watching how comedians really interact with each other behind the scenes. The lines that are delivered get laughs, but there seems to be a biting truth or underlying disdain in every joke. It's tough to find something funny when it feels like the joke was actually meant to be mean.

 

Overall, it isn't a bad movie, it's just another film that will come and go. There isn't anything that makes this film worth seeing in theaters. If you are fans of De Niro, Mann, or DeVito watch it when it comes out on DVD.

 

NOTE: The restaurant that Danny DeVito owns in the movie is called "Ben's Best Kosher Deli". It is a real deli in Queens and it is fantastic! If you ever find yourself in Queens make sure you stop there for a meal.

 

UPDATE: It opened it 20th place making a paltry $1.1 Million in nearly 900 theaters.

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