6.3/10
85
1 user 1 critic

Are You Joking? (2014)

Twenty-something New Yorker Barb Schwartz (Sas Goldberg) somehow ended up in a life that kinda... sucks. She has a paralegal job she hates, a drab studio apartment on Roosevelt Island, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A love triangle - shot in two single 45 minute takes set eighteen months apart: the first over a sunset, the second a sunrise.

Director: Sam Neave
Stars: Alex Karpovsky, Marjan Neshat, Gary Wilmes
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Danny, a commercial editor and documentary filmmaker attempts to finish his film, a study on relationship while navigating the relationships in his own life. Will he continue to chase the ... See full summary »

Director: Tom O'Brien
Stars: Arnold C. Baker II, Jessie Barr, Tommy Burke
Glass Chin (2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck former boxing champ is forced to make a choice between friendship and ambition when he is framed for murder.

Director: Noah Buschel
Stars: Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together.

Director: Alex Ross Perry
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit
My Day (TV Series 2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Each day living in New York City is made up of brief encounters with any number of the 8 million bizarre other residents you share it with. In "My Day," a series of comedic shorts, besties ... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Gilpin, Sas Goldberg, Brandon Kyle Goodman
The Letter IV (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A playwright who begins to mentally unravel cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.

Director: Jay Anania
Stars: Winona Ryder, Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland
Enter Nowhere (2011)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three strangers arrive one by one at a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere only to learn they've been brought together for a reason.

Director: Jack Heller
Stars: Katherine Waterston, Scott Eastwood, Sara Paxton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

THIS IS HAPPENING tells the story of an estranged brother and sister (played by James Wolk and Mickey Sumner) forced to go on the road together to track down their fugitive grandmother (... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Jaffe
Stars: James Wolk, Mickey Sumner, Rene Auberjonois
Every Christmas Has a Story (TV Movie 2016)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While on air, a TV personality accidentally admits she hates Christmas. When she goes to a small town to film a special to repair her image, the Christmas spirit begins to change her life.

Director: Ron Oliver
Stars: Lori Loughlin, Colin Ferguson, Willie Aames
Fluidic (2017)
Sci-Fi

An elliptical tale of three couples who are magnetically drawn together. Love becomes electric as they struggle to connect, disconnect, or reconnect with their partner.

Director: Jeremiah Jones
Stars: Whitney Able, Frankie Shaw, Katherine Waterston
Fort Tilden (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A comedy about Allie and Harper and their needlessly difficult journey to the beach.

Directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
Stars: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Neil Casey
Eat I (2011)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After locking herself out of her apartment, a young woman finds herself in the company of a strange and frightening neighbor.

Director: Janicza Bravo
Stars: Brett Gelman, Katherine Waterston
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Lisa
...
Linda Schwartz
...
Haley Lusky
...
Emcee
...
Craig
...
Asshole
...
Kenny
...
Hank Trenton
...
Mona Burack
...
Waitress
...
Seth / Computer Face
...
Sandy
...
Allen Brown
...
Tondra
...
Paparazzi
Edit

Storyline

Twenty-something New Yorker Barb Schwartz (Sas Goldberg) somehow ended up in a life that kinda... sucks. She has a paralegal job she hates, a drab studio apartment on Roosevelt Island, and an overbearing family who never lets her forget she's still single. When she is reunited with her childhood BFF, ballet dancer Billy (Jake Wilson), she is inspired to turn her life around by revisiting her first love: comedy. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

You Must Be Joking?  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Would be better if it were funnier
27 July 2015 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

"Are You Joking?" (2014) was directed by Jake Wilson. (The film is also known as "You Must be Joking.")

The film stars Sas Goldberg as Barb Schwartz. By Barb's standards, her life is really messed up. I have to point out that she's healthy, slender, has a decent job, and an apartment on Roosevelt Island. However, she's unmarried, a paralegal rather than a lawyer, and the Chief Paralegal doesn't like her. According to the film's publicity, "she ended up in a life that kinda . . . sucks." That's only true if you accept the Manhattan/Westchester normative. However, you have to accept the premise that her life kinda sucks, or the film won't work at all.

Billy Morrison, a friend from her childhood, reenters her life. (Morrison is played by director Jake Wilson.) He becomes her Gay Best Friend. She invites him to escort her to her family home for Thanksgiving. (Why she would do that is hard to fathom, because he's portrayed as clearly gay, but we have to suspend disbelief.)

How can Barb break out of her life that kinda sucks? She takes an improvisation class, and she finds she has talent. Barb really does have a gift for improvisation, and for stand-up comedy. That's a clever plot twist, and I wish we could have seen more of her work. Still, Sas Goldberg saves the picture by her comedy routines, and that's what kept me from rating the film lower. Actually, I kinda . . . liked it.

We saw this movie at Rochester's Dryden Theatre, as part of the highly commendable Rochester International Film Festival. (The tie-in is that Barb is Jewish.) The film will work very well on the small screen.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?