THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#21 - THE COMEDIAN (2017)








#21 of 2017 is the new Robert DeNiro comedy The Comedian, an extremely odd thing if there ever was one. For starters, it casts DeNiro as unlikable insult comic Jackie Burke, who is struggling these days on the Grade Z comedy circuit. His claim to fame was an 80s sitcom called "Eddie's Home" that haunts him, although fondly remembered by what public he still has. He has a temper, gets into fights, is assigned community service after assaulting one fan who heckles and films ...Eddie at a nostalgia comedy night featuring Jimmie Walker and Brett Butler. That's where he meets unlikely love interest Harmony (Leslie Mann, easily the best thing in the movie). She's also doing community service. Eddie just gets in his own way a lot and it's hard to feels tons of sympathy for this guy until maybe the very end of the picture when some extremely unlikely plot turns unfold. DeNiro works hard but his comedy routines are not funny and almost cringe-worthy. His Jackie does horrible things throughout the film, making this character extremely hard to root for. There are cameos from Billy Crystal, Charles Grodin, Richard Belzer and Gilbert Gottfried but none of them are very humorous either. Edie Falco is his long-abused agent, Danny DeVito and Patti LuPone are his brother and sister-in-law (probably the most amusing people in the movie) and Harvey Keitel is just weird as Harmony's father who's a big Eddie's Home fan - until he meets Jackie. The Taxi Driver stars reunited could have had a fun and memorable scene - but their time on screen is completely lame-brained and wasted. There's a moment where Eddie is doing an impromptu stand-up at an old age home in Florida that is easily one of the worst scenes of this young year. I won't tell you what it does with the song "Makin' Whoopie" but go ahead and use your imagination. I can't see recommending The Comedian to anyone. This is hardly The King of Comedy, although Rupert Pupkin is funnier than Jackie Burke. Pass.

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? If only for the wonderful Leslie Mann, who really should be seen in more films