The Comedian

The Comedian

DVD - 2017
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A look at the life of an aging insult comic named Jack Burke.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: MOVIE COMED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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gailholdeman
Feb 10, 2020

So bad I turned it off before ending it. The comedian was portrayed as being funny to his audiences, (at least somewhat) but in reality nothing he said was funny at all. In fact it was extremely irritating. His love interest was super predictable, despite their huge age differences. Couldn't for the life of me figure out what she saw in him. The plot was thin. Also, supposedly the main character used to be real funny as a cast character in a previously aired show, but with no examples of this, I couldn't imagine him ever being funny. Not even worth the over an hour that I spent waiting to see if it would get better.

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mustang351c
Jan 28, 2020

Crap. Not funny. Not worth the time.
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The first DeNiro movie I've picked up specifically to see DeNiro in a long time, and it was a disappointment. The guy is such a talent, but it is certainly not evident here. Where is the Raging Bull? Don Corleone? The craftsmanship of The Mission? A boorish and poorly written script about a second rate hack night club comic, at times you can tell when the actors are just making up the lines. The acting was poor, pretty much phoned in performances. But mostly the directing was just bad.
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It also played off of racial and social stereotypes in some very unflattering ways.
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The last scenes at the end of the movie had an 8 year girl doing vulgar, blue comedy club humor at a grade school recital and it was just weak, stupid and not appropriate. Pure adolescent locker room maturity on the part of the producers of this heap.
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This film reminds me of why I don't go to comedy clubs much anymore.

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desmondghyoung
Jan 28, 2020

Budget 15 million, Box office 1.7 million. Whose fault was it? The performers are no doubt at their best. I would put the fault on the script then. Sone of the jokes are disgusting. Can't believe they came out from De Nero's mouth.

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kathyhorvath
Nov 10, 2019

Very bad, shocking.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2018

This comedic drama film is about a former comedy icon who is still attempting to keep his legacy alive and reinvent himself. After being forced to do community service following a mishap at one of his shows, he meets a woman named Harmony, who may just be as messed up as him. Through each other, they each find inspiration. This movie was almost ironic in and of itself, since it was a comedy featuring comics but still wasn’t very funny, but neither was the main character either. The film showed a lot of promise and is quite amazing if you overlook all of its downfalls, but it still didn’t live up to its name. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Nooksack20
May 17, 2018

Disappointing movie despite the cast. I have no problem with language, however this was nothing more than non-stop vulgarity. I don't know if this was supposed to be loosely based on Lenny Bruce's life, but it was a very poor movie all around.

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Montlakereader
Mar 25, 2018

We thought this was going to be a fun, feel good movie, but it was a bit punishing. The acting was great, but the the characters were either annoying or made unreasonable choices. It does have some redeeming qualities if you can find them.

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misatim
Feb 23, 2018

This kind of humour is so out of date and the old man, young woman, falling in love just isn't working. Her character just isn't convincing as someone who would give him a second look, let alone date. Maybe 20 years ago it might have had a following but now it just looks like De Niro is trying to relive glory days, sad.

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Munkapunk
Dec 05, 2017

Hilariously funny movie....the ending is priceless!

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

The substantial volume of standup material by De Niro's character would make Don Rickle blush and Donald Trump's locker room humor like kiddie sleep over jokes. For the uninhibited, tons of laughs from Niro and supporting comics unless you were part of the punch lines as man, woman, mother, father, child, lesbians, Jewish, Mexican, African, Asian, young, old, hicks ... even dogs and pussies.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

WARNING OFFENSIVE JOKES

You have to sit there with your legs apart for a half hour!
-Sweetheart, I'm from Alabama, how do you think we got the fence painted?
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What am I getting for this gig?
-You get a percentage of the door.
So that's $11 and a burger. Your commission's gonna be a fxxx pickle.
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How did they ever come up with a name like "Hicksville"? I looked up "Hicksville" on Wikipedia. It said "inbreeding" and "crystal meth." So why don't you change your name to something more pleasant like Somalia?
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You shouldn't do marriage jokes. O.J. Simpson was a better husband than you.
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It's not just me. I don't think humans were meant to be married. I mean, you want a relationship? Get a canary, get a fish. Get a fxxx chicken. Get a dog.
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Your Honor there's no way Mr. Severin could've suffered brain damage
because according to the law, the way I understand it it has not been proven in this courtroom that Mr. Severin, in fact, has a brain.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

Uncle Moshit told me that before the first Thanksgiving the pilgrims thought that turkeys were sex objects. They couldn't fly, and "gobble-gobble" was Puritan for "blowjob." So when the Indians arrived, right after the Macy's Day Parade they brought turkeys all trussed up. They were with cranberry sauce and gravy and potatoes and the Pilgrims were like... They were pissed. They were like, "What are they doing? "They're eating our fxxx birds." But you know, being Puritans, they don't wanna be rude. But you know what? It turned out that the turkeys tasted even better than going down on their wives!
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Were your parents in a Nazi barbershop quartet?
-Heh.
Yeah. It's always nice to see women laugh. Once you can make a woman laugh then you can make her do anything, they say. I don't know
if that's true.
-Is that what they say?
It's an old saying.
-Like a very, very old saying?

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

My parents are immigrants. They're from Taiwan. Um, they moved to Texas when I was a baby. And, um, I think immigration is fxxx crazy. Can you imagine moving to a completely foreign country just so your offspring
would have more opportunities? Then your kid goes into stand-up comedy.
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I'm Puerto Rican, which means I'm a Mexican with papers. I was a teenage-pregnancy case. That's how we do it in my family. We have our babies, then we get a job, then we get our periods.
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And he's tough, he's ruthless, but funny. It's like Breaking Bad on acid, but funny.
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But, listen, the idea is terrific, and we'll...
-Did I hear a "but"? I thought I heard a "but." Did we hear a "but"? There's a lot of butts sitting here, but does "but" mean "Give me some time"? "Let me think about it"? "Maybe never"? "Whatever"?

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

I was opening for him one night... I mean, comedy. I was opening comedy. Yeah. We did a Jewish country-club gig.
-No. It was Italian.
No. It wasn't Italian. It was Jewish. They were Jews.
-I went in the men's room. Believe me, it was Italian. A lot of calzones.

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I still remember him teaching me dirty jokes as a kid. Before I could say "Dada," I could say "caca." He taught me the B word, the S word, the F word. Yeah, all of them.
-She already knew the C word. She picked it up on her own.
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You were so concerned about her growing up to be a Jewish American princess, you didn't even notice that she was turning out to be a Jewish American prince.

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She's not the punch line for somebody's jokes.
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You know, I'm a sucker for an honest man.
-And I'm a sucker for a girl that has daddy issues.
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Anything we can do, we're here.
-I appreciate that, D'Angelo. Sure, if I need syphilis, I'll let you know.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

You mind if I smoke?
-I don't care if you burn.
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Today, you can get by just by blowing the director. But, God, when I think of the things that you had to do.
-I did.
But whatever you did worked because you played some of the most iconic roles in the history of film.
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Okay, Miriam, you're a dancer?
-Yeah.
Come sit on my lap. I'll spin you around like a dreidel. That was a Jewish joke.
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Another fear
Another year
Another enema
In your rear
Elimination
Constipation
Not makin'
Poopie
Yeah.
Pee pee is fine
Except if it leaks
What'd you expect
From elderly freaks?
It's so abusive
Stools are elusive
Not makin'
Whoopee, not "poopie."

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

I'd rather have Stevie Wonder shave my balls with a fxxx butcher knife
than be part of this fxxx reality show.

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So, what's the deal with chores and allowances? I turn 8, and my mom says, "I'll give you $10 a week to make your room, wash the dishes, and clean the cat's litter box." Ten dollars? That's slave labor. I go to our neighbor's house, and I say, "What will you give me if I make your room, wash your dishes, and clean your cat's litter box?" Neighbor says, "I don't have a cat." So I piss in her hallway and say, "You go to 15 a week, and I'll supply the pussy."

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2017

Okay, Jackie. You're finally working at the Comedy Cellar again. Don't fxxx this up. Don't curse too much. Don't pull your dick out. Don't attack anyone physically unless they really, really deserve it.
-Well, looks like all my ex-wives were wrong. The bitches. Sometimes, it really does pay to be a total asshole. And if I had known psychotic breakdowns were so entertaining, I'd have just been myself all these years. Oh, you know what? I forgot. I'm gonna be a dad. Yeah. You don't have to applaud. I know I'm fxxx old. I mean, halfway through pulling out, I fell asleep. Before my sperm leaves my balls, it has to stop and ask directions.

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