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Entertainment (2015)

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En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

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Rick Alverson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Turkington ... The Comedian
John C. Reilly ... Cousin John
Tye Sheridan ... Eddie the Opener
Lotte Verbeek ... The Chromotherapist
Amy Seimetz ... Woman in Bar
Michael Cera ... Tommy
Annabella Lwin Annabella Lwin ... Airplane Tour Guide
Mike Hickey Mike Hickey ... The Heckler
Craig Holland Craig Holland ... Oil Field Tour Guide
Juventino Martin Juventino Martin ... Gael
Sergio Estrada Sergio Estrada ... Alejandro
Susan Cernas Susan Cernas ... Alejandro's Daughter Maria
Kevin Guthrie ... Ghost Town Tour Guide
Fabian Euresti Fabian Euresti ... Orange Grove Worker (as Fabian Euresti Sr)
Tonantzin Carmelo ... Teresa
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En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

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Taglines:

Laughter on the road to nowhere!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, crude sexual material, a disturbing image and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rozrywka See more »

Filming Locations:

Ridgecrest, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,132, 15 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,242, 10 January 2016
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Gregg Turkington plays a version of his stage persona, Neil Hamburger. See more »

Quotes

The Comedian: Why don't rapists eat at T.G.I. Friday's? Well, it's hard to rape with a stomachache.
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Spoofs Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Animals in the Zoo
by Leah Devorah
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An Unentertaining, Tasteless Film,
10 June 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Entertainment is a poor movie with a horrendous plot and character development, joined by a talented cast that are trying their very best to bring some life to these underwhelming parts. I understand that every decision this film made was made on purpose, but I despised each and every piece of this plot. All the weird sequences that contained little to no dialogue, such as The Comedian walking through the dessert to disturbing music, or the scene where he delivers a baby, are very unclear in terms of what their objective was.

It is very hard to tell whether this movie was aiming to effect us or make us laugh. It was all far too humorous to be taken as a drama, but also too intense to be considered a comedy, the whole thing really just felt unnecessary to me. Maybe if the character was a likable one that I was able to support, then it could be redeemable, but I had no care for him or anything he did.

I understand there are fans of this movie, and if you are thinking that the reason I did not enjoy this film is because I am not familiar with the work of Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington, I am actually a huge fan of On Cinema and Decker, I also love the Tim and Eric sketches, so this was genuinely something I was looking forward to. I was excited after seeing the very enthralling trailer and enthusiastic about seeing Turkington in a lead role, while his characterisation was stellar, I could not bring myself to appreciate this movie in any way.

It simply did nothing for me other than confuse. Too funny to be dramatic, too dramatic to be funny, Entertainment is a regrettable 100 minutes.

A washed up comedian goes on a tour across the country, and finds difficulty handling a lack of appreciation for his humour.

Best Performance: Gregg Turkington / Worst Performance: Michael Cera


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