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The Comedian (2012)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  October 2012 (UK)
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Ed (Edward Hogg) is at a crossroads in his life. In his early thirties, his unrewarding job in a call centre is getting more and more frustrating, while his career as a stand-up is not ... See full summary »

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Ed (Edward Hogg) is at a crossroads in his life. In his early thirties, his unrewarding job in a call centre is getting more and more frustrating, while his career as a stand-up is not taking off in the way he hoped it would; in fact, he's starting to acknowledge he might not be a very good comedian. His love life begins to look promising when he meets artist Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), a gorgeous younger man who quickly develops a deep affection for Ed. Yet Ed's feelings are conflicted when he recognises he is drawn to his female flatmate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski). Written by Michael Hayden

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Believable but unengaging
11 December 2014 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Tom Shkolnik's 'The Comedian' is acutely an observed, well-acted but ultimately pointless film. A young man, hoping to make his way as a comic but otherwise without much purpose in life, drifts selfishly between relationships. Others are initially attracted to him but grow disenchanted by his inability to stake anything of his own on their interaction. This in turn upsets him, but it's unclear what he actually gets out of his own involvement beyond gratification to his own ego. There's a kind of tragedy here - the sense that this is not a bad person, per se, just someone who has no idea of how to be a good one - but there's no drama, just painful observation. Without anything to lose, the protagonist just isn't interesting for the viewer - indeed, he doesn't even appear to be very interesting to himself.


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