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Humor Me

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Swearing, innuendo in predictable but likable dad-son tale.

Movie NR 2018 93 minutes
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There's no shortage of movies about male sad-sacks who are stuck in a rut, but this one, though predictable, is mildly funny and warmly likable thanks to fine casting and sympathetic performances. Written and directed by Sam Hoffman, creator of the web series Old Jews Telling Jokes, Humor Me is very much based around the act of joke-telling, complete with a fictional hero, Zimmerman (Joey Slotnick), who only appears in black-and-white "joke" sequences. Nate's father communicates almost entirely in jokes, and it's a joke that breaks his relationship with his son -- as well as jokes that bring them back together.

The very funny Clement is, unexpectedly, cast in a non-funny role; Nate is a suffering straight man who simply takes loads of grief from others. Yet Hoffman is clever enough to surround him with funny people (Annie Potts and Willie C. Carpenter are especially fun), and he never seems too pathetic; rather, he's a great sounding board for some wonderfully silly jokes. Nate is also given weight by his genuinely affectionate and heartbreaking relationship with his young son, with whom he must communicate over FaceTime at 3 a.m. Of course, your ultimate enjoyment of Humor Me will largely depend on your love (or tolerance) for somewhat ridiculous setup-payoff humor. But those who "get it" will be on board.

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