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The Opening Act

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Indie about aspiring stand-up comic is both sweet and salty.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
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This indie drama features several comedians in roles of all kinds, but, oddly, it has very few laughs; still, it works in its own quiet way, with touching characters and a fascinating setting. Comedian Steve Byrne makes his feature writing and directing debut with The Opening Act, and it's a refreshingly simple story about whether or not to give up on your dream. In the lead role, Yang has a sweet presence -- perhaps a little too sweet to handle zany situations like being trapped under a cop's girlfriend's trailer or accidentally taking the last chocolate eclair belonging to a local DJ.

When it's not trying too hard with ridiculous asides like those, The Opening Act really captures a realistic feeling of what it might be like to work in a club. Comics are either very specific about their introductions or very vague ("from clubs and colleges"), and we learn never to try out new jokes on a Saturday night. Other comics, from SNL's Moffat to veteran stand-ups like Cedric, Jeong, Whitney Cummings, and others, perform their bits as if they were at work, on the job, and not concerned about making the movie's viewers laugh, which makes them more human. Bill Burr may have the best shot at tickling funnybones -- not as a comedian, but in the silly role of Will's awful boss, spouting inspirational quotes and leaving the last word blank.

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