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Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 12 May 2017 (USA)
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A successful singer-songwriter hatches a plan to help his friend's struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour.


Jeff Grace


Jeff Grace
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Karpovsky ... Paul
Wyatt Russell ... Jason
Meredith Hagner ... Bryn
Melanie Lynskey ... Becky
Hannah Simone ... Emily
Michael Ian Black ... Randy
Heather Morris ... Nicole
David Cross ... Chris DeRose
Sarah Arnold Sarah Arnold ... Kelly
Cameran Surles ... Barton's Pub Waitress
Alex McKenna ... Stacy
Rachel Staman ... Sky
Thida Penn ... Belinda
Jessica Megan Rivera ... Anastacia
Todd Berger ... Johnny VooDoo


A successful singer-songwriter hatches a plan to help his friend's struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour.

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Comedy | Drama | Music




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12 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A zenész és a humorista See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Bryn: Why don't we put a pillow between us?
Paul: Can't you just get pregnant that way?
Bryn: Uh-uh, pillow method works.
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An original Art House RomCom of sorts
19 May 2017 | by jim4glSee all my reviews

If you're not sure of this film and you're a Melanie Lynskey fan, you should wait it out until you can watch free of charge. I'm Unsure if Alex Karposky is acting, this is the same role he plays on tv and other movies. This film channels some of the Sideways slice/of-life concept bromance, two friends, one good looking, confident, and shallow, the other friend whose depressing and deep all of the time.

Much of the storyline drags like a biography and on the road things get real and serious. Alex has done this role before in film, and somewhat like his character in Girls. Wyatt was new(er) to me, I've seen some bit movie roles he's done, he's playing an Owen Wilsonish role, it's hard to belief that anyone is that shallow. Meredith is another character actor, she seemed good in the role, she has a good voice. I saw very little of Melanie Lynskey she's generally a seal of Indie approval. The scene with her was one of the funniest scenes of the film. She didn't get to showcase her full talents.

As for the road trip and male bonding, for what it lacked, it was honest about men's friendship goes a long way, but it's strained around pursuing romantic relationships.

I hope to see more from Jeff Grace who directed and wrote. I enjoyed the originality and good blending. If Jeff could have lined up a few Ryan Bingham, Colin Oberst or Jay Farrah songs and associated cameo this would've been a more enjoyable film

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