• The Comedian (2017)

The Comedian

Release Date: February 3rd, 2017

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

Jackie Burke, an aging comic icon, has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother and his wife, Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony, the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul, and the two find inspiration in each other.

Cast: Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Charles Grodin, Patti LuPone, Cloris Leachman

Director: Taylor Hackford

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC, Sony Pictures Classics, Imaginary Forces, Anvil Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Office, Love interest, Creative, Car, Brother, 2010s, Friend, Cheeky, Emotional, Quest, Sacrifice, New York City, Family, Underdog, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    You’ll come away from this film remembering some of the better moments, and a few of the quieter interactions between the characters, but they’ll be mostly overpowered by the stench of everything else. show more

  • 60
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    The acting in the film is outstanding down to some of the smallest parts, and here director Taylor Hackford (who hasn’t had a major hit in several years) deserves considerable credit for guiding these performers. show more

  • 60
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Much like its Oscar-winning star, the film coasts along on charm and audience goodwill, although a little more edge might have helped. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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