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Road Hard (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 6 March 2015 (USA)
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Following an expensive divorce and the cancellation of his TV show, a stand-up comic is forced to go back on the road to provide for his daughter.
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Mark Davis
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Reggie
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Becky
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Tina Madsen
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Michael Gerard
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Phil
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Aria London ...
Olivia
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After his movie and television career has run dry, Bruce Madsen (Adam Carolla) is forced to go back on the road playing one dingy comedy club after another, spending endless nights in budget hotel rooms and always flying coach. Amidst trying to revitalize his career, rekindle his love life and put his daughter through college, Bruce knows one thing for sure - he must get off the road. ROAD HARD is the story of that journey. Written by Anonymous

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Трудная дорога  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,943, 8 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$105,943, 8 March 2015
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Adam's signature cocktail, Mangria, can be vaguely seen at the bar after he screws up the corporate gig. See more »

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After Bruce and Kim discuss Tina's college in the garage, Bruce turns on the table saw, but the blade doesn't move. See more »

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Bruce Madsen: You want me to warm up your audience?
Jack Taylor: Of course, I'd be honored. Audience warm-up guys make a lot of money, Bruce.
Bruce Madsen: You want me to be your fluffer, Jack? That's fucking humiliating! I can't believe this is how you look at me.
Jack Taylor: I don't look at you that way, Bruce, that's how the business looks at you.
Bruce Madsen: Then fuck the business.
Jack Taylor: I don't get you man. You think this business is like a "Punt, Pass, and Kick" competition where all that matters is being funnier than everybody else.
Bruce Madsen: Isn't that what it's ...
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See Your Face
Performed by Marc Weber
On the Album The Side of Me
Copyright Marc Weber music - 2011
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Watchable, but not funny or very engaging
30 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Road Hard" is a watchable, though fairly uninteresting comedy.

Few comedy movies are funny, and even fewer American comedians are. The movie and the protagonist don't break either mould, though Carolla is likable as the lead.

I didn't like this one as much as his movie "The Hammer", which was a lot more interesting. It's a movie about a down-on-his-luck comedian travelling around doing shows with varying degrees of failure. He used to be on a TV show called "The Bro Show" and his co-star, played by Jay Mohr, is now hosting a Letterman-style TV show that is the highest rated in the US.

I think the movie needed more moments of truth. There is one monologue Carolla gives about having to compete with Youtube stars as a middle aged comedian. The movie needed more bits like that; many of the aspects of Carolla's character, like him having an adopted Asian daughter, and his weird, wig wearing manager, seem too obviously fake and forced.

There is something particularly embittered about a comedian on skid row. Being forced to find humour in a dark situation, and being funny on stage when their life off it is anything but. "Road Hard" would have done better to embrace this, rather than avoid it.

I'd love to see this material handled by the likes of Todd Solondz.


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