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Looking for Lenny (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 September 2012 (USA)
Looking for Lenny is an in-depth, controversial documentary that uses Lenny Bruce's legacy to explore the present condition of the fear of words and expression. It also tackles the issue of... See full summary »




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Looking for Lenny is an in-depth, controversial documentary that uses Lenny Bruce's legacy to explore the present condition of the fear of words and expression. It also tackles the issue of new limitations that the government and society are placing upon freedom of expression in the artistic and political discourse. It speaks directly to recent attempts by political figures to instill fear into American society by labeling, manipulating, and inflaming people's fear of the spoken word. Written by Anonymous

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Uneven but Worth Watching
15 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Looking for Lenny (2011)

*** (out of 4)

Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Roseanne, Christopher Titus, Kitty Bruce, Phyliss Diller, Elon Gold, Jonathan Winters, Hugh Hefner, Lewis Black, Jon Lovitz, Henry Rollins and Lisa Lampanelli are just a few of the famous names who show up in this documentary that takes a look at the controversial comic Lenny Bruce. For the most part this is an entertaining documentary but it is rather shocking to think how important Bruce was yet there really hasn't been too much done on him. The interviews here are all pretty good as the current group of comedians talk about what Bruce did for their profession while we also get interviews from those who knew and worked with Bruce and they're able to shine some light on his life. The documentary spends most of its time on Bruce dealing with the various controversial subjects including race and religion. We get several clips from Bruce appearing on The Steven Allen Show and there's also some audio recordings of his concerts. Also, we get to see some newspaper articles about the various times he was arrested and taken to court on obscenity charges. The documentary uses Bruce's message to speak out against political correctness and this is where the thing gets a tad bit uneven because Michael Richards and Don Imus are discussed and what their rants meant to what Bruce was fighting for. I personally would have preferred more talk about Bruce because there's really very little that we get to know about him outside of the controversy and of course his early death. Another strange thing is that the 70-minute documentary "ends" at the 55-minute mark when the credits start to roll but for some reason the movie then goes on another fifteen-minutes with more interviews. The entire time the credits are rolling at a very, very slow pace, which gets quite annoying after a while. Still, this is a fairly interesting documentary that's still worth viewing if you're a fan of Bruce or just want to hear some of his life story.

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