The Comedian (2016 film)(Redirected from The Comedian (2017 film))
The Comedian is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and written by Lewis Friedman, Richard LaGravenese, Art Linson, and Jeff Ross. The film stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone and Harvey Keitel.
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|Directed by||Taylor Hackford|
|Music by||Terence Blanchard|
|Edited by||Mark Warner|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
|Box office||$1.7 million|
Jackie (Robert De Niro) is a comic icon, attempting to reinvent himself despite his audience only wanting to know him as a television character he played earlier in his career.
He attends a comedy club for nostalgia night at Governor's Comedy Club in Levittown, New York (near Hicksville, New York), hosted by Jimmie Walker. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is sentenced to 30 days in jail. During his 100 hours of community service he meets Harmony Schiltz (Leslie Mann), who works at a soup kitchen as part of her community service.
Awkward romance (maybe? Hard to tell) ensues. Harmony is Jackie’s date to a family member’s wedding. Later a meeting with her father is awkward and a bit crude.
He does a brief act at an old folks home and later appears to work at a desk for a bit in a uniform.
Harmony and Jackie talk about Jackie potentially being a father as an older man. Harmony says hes off the hook because it’s her decision, he says she’s not giving him a choice, she says its her choice; they argue nonsensically.
A song about going poop (part of his act at the old folks home) went viral on the internet and his manager contacts Jackie about related work due to the vast number of hits (?)
Jackie runs into Harmony’s dad in Florida (for work) and they snipe at each ither while mentioning his daughter’s pregnancy. Then Jackie goes on TV show “Say Uncle” (a bunch of crawfish get dumped on a guy to win a prize... it does not go well).
Jackie then returns to a pregnant Harmony in Florida with him now. They talk and he gives her some photos and mementos for the child if they ever get curious about their father. He says he cares about her, will be involved with the kid as much or as little as she wants. She says ok. He leaves.
Meeting some old pals at a restaurant apparently he’s got three viral videos, he praises his manager for this viral video popularity. He then goes on at a comedy club night. I guess he’s back in business apparently?
Later at a kids talent show... because apparently the kid is an actual kid instead of baby bump now. And yes the kid is also doing standup for the talent show; her cursing does not go well with parents in the crowd and she is quickly rushed off the stage. Jackie insists he never taught her that.
Movie ends. Phew.
- Robert De Niro as Jackie Burke
- Leslie Mann as Harmony Schiltz
- Danny DeVito as Jimmy Berkowitz, Jackie’s younger brother
- Edie Falco as Miller
- Veronica Ferres as Karoll
- Charles Grodin as Dick D'Angelo
- Cloris Leachman as May Conner
- Patti LuPone as Florence Berkowitz
- Harvey Keitel as Mac Schiltz
- Lois Smith as Miriam
- Hannibal Buress as Himself
- Greer Barnes as Himself
- Happy Anderson as Heckler
- Jim Norton as Himself
- Gilbert Gottfried as Trevor Friedmann
- Billy Crystal as Himself
- Brett Butler as Herself
- Richard Belzer as Himself
At one point it was hoped that Martin Scorsese would direct the film. However, this did not come to pass. Instead, Mike Newell joined on as the film's director, only to be replaced a few months later by Taylor Hackford. Jennifer Aniston was at one point attached to play Harmony Schiltz but was later replaced by Leslie Mann.
In October 2016, Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S distribution rights to the film, with plans to release the film in December, in order to qualify for awards. The film had its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 11, 2016. It hit theaters in a limited release on December 9, 2016, with a wide opening on February 3, 2017. It was originally scheduled to open on January 13, but was pushed back to February 3.
In North America, The Comedian was released alongside Rings and The Space Between Us, and was projected to gross $1–3 million from about 800 theaters in its opening weekend. It ended up debuting to just $892,021, finishing 21st at the box office. Deadline Hollywood attributed the film's poor opening to negative critical reception and lack of award buzz, similar to Gold the week prior.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 24% based on 109 reviews, with an average rating of 4.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Comedian boasts an incredibly talented cast, but they're put to poor use in an aimless rom-com whose handful of memorable moments never add up to a compelling story." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 40 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
|Hollywood Film Awards||Hollywood Comedy Award||Robert De Niro||Won|||
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