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Misery Loves Comedy

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Interesting docu about comedians has tons of swearing.

Movie NR 2015 94 minutes
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Misery Loves Comedy probably isn't as funny as you might expect it to be. While they're being interviewed, the featured comedians are all off duty and aren't there to make jokes. They're there to be honest. The biggest question is how much mainstream audiences will care about what they have to say. How will their innermost psyches and their need to make people laugh translate? Frankly, to enjoy this movie, it will probably help if you're a comedian, an aspiring comedian, or someone who particularly loves comedy.

But casual viewers will find nothing more than a parade of talking heads. The sheer number of them will necessarily give short shrift to certain favorites, some of whom only appear for a minute or two (Mike Birbiglia, sadly, is one of them). Also, the number of interviewees dilutes whatever argument Pollak tries to make. Overall, though, the interviewees' general openness and honesty makes them an appealing bunch -- and worth spending time with.

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