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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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Harmony Schiltz
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Mac Schiltz
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Miller
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James Berkowitz
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Florie Berkowitz
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Dick D'Angelo
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Jackie (Robert DeNiro) is a comic icon, attempting to reinvent himself despite his audience only wanting to know him as a television character he played earlier in his career. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is sentenced to community service where he meets Harmony Schiltz (Leslie Mann). Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout | See all certifications »
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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,658,706 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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De Niro was trained by comedian Jessica Kirson and adopted one of her signature 'moves': talking to herself sotto voce while turned away from the audience. He didn't take the move quite as far, preferring to cover his face with his hand while turning slightly to one side. Kirson appears in the film longer than any other standup comic, but she is not shown using this technique. See more »

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Cloris Leachman's character is named "Conner" in the film but spelled "Connor" in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Harmony Schiltz: My dad used to love your TV show. We've watched every episode.
Jackie Burke: Always nice to meet a fan.
Harmony Schiltz: Yeah. Well, we just had the one TV.
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References The Dean Martin Show (1965) See more »

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Why the hate? This was funny, and it had heart.
26 April 2017 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

What's the matta wit you? I am puzzled by all the negative reviews. Yes, it's not The King of Comedy, or Goodfellas. But this movie was funny. De Niro's character Jackie was a 3-dimensional and human portrayal, and doesn't deserve to be dismissed as "another De Niro phoning it in" performance. The scenes where he performs stand-up comedy were genuinely funny. The relationship he has with his brother (Danny DeVito) were warm and convincing.

It may not be a timeless masterpiece, but if you're at the Red Box or looking for your next movie night rental from the couch it is worth seeing.

For what it's worth, I think Dirty Grandpa was raunchy and hilarious, and Grudge Match was also funny and had heart - with touching performances by both De Niro and Stallone.


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