The King of Comedy

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Scorsese movie about the perils of fame has mature themes.

PG 1983 105 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Much better than the Joker rip-off

A brilliantly funny film that shows off De Niro's complex chops as an actor. A film that is poignant today with social media stalking and pits two giants of cinema together. Jerry Lewis is fantastic and highly believable and De Niro...well...he is fantastic to behold and brings us in seamlessly into his fantastical reality.
age 6+

This is a fantastic film.

I only watched this film because my friends said its just like the 2019 movie Joker.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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