The Comedian

By | Begun 02/03/2017
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Robert De Niro as The Comedian
*This* is the story - his act is... his actSony Pictures Classics
3 Stars (Time Well Spent)Why I Saw It: Press screening, love Taylor Hackford’s style, and confident in the cast.
What I Thought: Back with 500 Days of Summer, the narration opens with the statement that “it is not a love story, it is a story about love.” Similarly (and to my great chagrin at the IMDb classification), The Comedian is not a comedy, it is a story about  a comedian. And a struggling one at that. As such, while it has some very funny moments (which may or may not include his performances, depending on your funny bone), the film spends much of its time in some pretty anguished territory. With this in mind, it holds its own quite well. As anyone in the business will tell you, the life and worldview of a comic is often far from lighthearted (where do you think they get their material?), and The Comedian presents a solid grasp of the grind.  (And I’ll tell you, it’s one hell of a lot better than Entertainment, which attempted the same type of story but failed miserably.)

The Comedian. Dir. Taylor Hackford. Perf. Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Lois Smith Marylouise Burke and a host of comedic cameos. Sony Pictures Classics, 2017.

An insult comic in his third act of life struggles to overcome the shadow of his first act success, and find his way amid the viral millennial world. 

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