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The Comedian (2016)

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A look at the life of an aging insult comic named Jack Burke.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harmony Schiltz
Mac Schiltz
Jimmy Berkowitz
Florence Berkowitz
Dick D'Angelo
May Conner
Brittany Berkowitz
Billy Crystal
Jessica Kirson ...
Jessica Kirson
Jim Norton
Jimmie Walker


A look at the life of an aging insult comic named Jack Burke.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A komikus  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$878,164 (USA) (3 February 2017)


$1,469,945 (USA) (10 February 2017)

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Di Nero phones in another anemic performance.
10 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Prolific Robert DiNero (over 40 films this century alone) spits out another banal performance as a stand-up comic in The Comedian. Like most of Bobby's 21st century roles, (even the serious ones) the performance is unintentionally the joke.

Comic Jackie Burke is an abrasive comedian looking at the downside of his career hoping for some security with perhaps another TV gig in his future. Jackie tends to be his own worst enemy though and during one performance that goes viral he slugs a loudmouth heckler. Forced to do community service he meets delicate Harmony who is also in for clobbering someone who deserved it. With Harmony along with put upon manager played by Edie Falco by his side irascible Jackie Burke climbs back into the race.

With it's cliché coated story line and DiNero doing his requisite two fisted street fighter wise guy with a sensitive side the 70ish Bobby naturally knocks out guys twice his size as well as gain the interest of a 30 year younger (Leslie Mann) woman. We get the same intimidating stares and the clipped inflections informing menace we've seen for over 40 years, now with a fatherly touch ( beginning as the patriarch in The Focker saga and recently with Hathaway in The Intern ) that DiNero has been collecting a pay check on without showing up to work. Just one mealy interchangeable performance from film to film.

Taylor Hackford's direction is paint by the numbers as he tries to load this loser with a recognizable line-up of supporting actors and cameo appearances, their dialogue that of straight men for Jackie. Sensing perhaps how abysmal the film is Hackford it seems in desperation goes nostalgic by having Harvey Keitel ( at least acting and looking his age) get into a ruckus with Jackie that reminds us ( in an almost pathetic way) of the glorious give and take between the two 40 years back in the classic Taxi Driver. Resembling ghosts from the past they may dress better but come across tired with nothing to say, other than a couple of cheap shot jibes as if in search of the same spark that made them two of the best actors of that exciting period in American film, the 70s. The Comedian is a joke; not to be gotten but avoided.

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