5.5/10
116
1 user 1 critic

Are You Joking? (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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:

Jake Wilson

Writers:

Sas Goldberg (co-writer), Jake Wilson (co-writer)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 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
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, Kelly Lynch, Billy Crudup
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 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
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 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
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
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 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
All in Time (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Charlie quits his job to move home to manage his hometown rock band. His supportive girlfriend shares his love for the band, until struggles within the band force them to make choices that will impact their lives forever.

Directors: Marina Donahue, Chris Fetchko
Stars: Sean Modica, Lynn Cohen, Jean-Luc Bilodeau
Good Dick (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A look at the relationship between a lonely introverted girl and a young video store clerk vying for her attention.

Director: Marianna Palka
Stars: Marianna Palka, Jason Ritter, Eric Edelstein
The Factory V (2012)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. but when his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any professional restraint to get the killer.

Director: Morgan O'Neill
Stars: John Cusack, Dallas Roberts, Vincent Messina
Enter Nowhere (2011)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | 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
Night Moves (2013)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard
My Day (TV Series 2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 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
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Katherine Waterston ... Lisa
Vanessa Ray ... Haley Lusky
Heléne Yorke ... Mona Burack
Margaret Colin ... Linda Schwartz
Hannibal Buress ... Kenny
David Hull ... Seth / Computer Face
Bridget Everett ... Waitress
James Wolk ... Craig
Tituss Burgess ... Hank Trenton
Josh Segarra ... Asshole
Brian Kerwin ... Sandy
Marcia DeBonis ... Mindy Stein
Andrew Keenan-Bolger ... Corey
Christopher Sieber ... Allen Brown
Rebecca Naomi Jones ... Newscaster
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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Must Be Joking? See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Ain't Life Funny
Written and Performed by Shoshana Bean
Courtesy of Shotime Records
By Arrangement with Soulcall Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Would be better if it were funnier
27 July 2015 | by Red-125See 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.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed