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Parents' Guide to

The Comedian

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Interesting, irreverent comedy has lots of racy humor.

Movie R 2017 120 minutes
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This comedy is interesting, but the laughs don't come often quite enough or heartily enough; for a movie about comics, too many of the punch lines crumble on delivery. A main set piece starts out promisingly but devolves into a scatological crescendo that would play far better in middle school than in a sophisticated comedy. The Comedian's weaknesses aren't the fault of its star -- De Niro has the carriage and the delivery (though perhaps not always the timing) of a laugh master. Too bad he didn't have the writers and the jokes to support him.

Equally problematic in this Taylor Hackford-directed vehicle is De Niro's lack of chemistry with Mann, who, though enjoyable, is written a little too erratically to be sympathetic. The Comedian makes some thought-provoking observations about the lack of depth in what constitutes entertainment today, but ultimately it doesn't pay attention to its own critique. Watch it for the cast, especially De Niro, but be prepared for more groans than laugh-out-louds.

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