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Entertainment (2015)

R | | Drama | 13 November 2015 (USA)
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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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Laughter on the road to nowhere!

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Drama

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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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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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Black Night
Written by Frank Sinatra Jr.
Performed by Frank Sinatra Jr.
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Move along folks, no comedy to see here
22 March 2016 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

I really hated "The Comedy," so I'm a little baffled to have rather liked the director's followup, which is basically more of the same hilarity-and/or-torture-of-the-brutally-unfunny stuff. But while his prior film just seemed annoying and smug in its contrariness, this time it felt like he'd actually located the 9th circle of Hell or something like. The movie is like an unending nightmare in which you can't escape the hopelessness, negativity and humiliation of a universe in which you (or rather the stand-up "comic" protagonist here) are on the perpetual receiving end of a joke you're not even in on. Our "hero" is some sort of victim, yet we can't even feel for him--in fact, we kind of wish more of his unhappy patrons would throw things or beat him up.

It's hard to imagine who to recommend this movie to, but it's sort of like a Beckett play: Uniquely, repetitiously desolate, with occasional content that suggests humor, but which perversely and very deliberately refuses to prompt any actual laughter. It is an expression--or analysis, or both--of pure self-loathing and existential despair. If you are in the mood for something grotesque, minimalist and defiantly unpleasant, "Entertainment" will fill that need. If you need a punchline, you can always dwell on choice of title.

I'm not sure where this director can go from here--few movies have so vividly defined their own dead end in terms of artistic intent and "message." I'll almost be disappointed if he picks himself up off the floor and makes another movie. The next logical step would seem to be suicide. The bleakest statements by folks such as Lars von Trier or Gaspar Noe still have more filmic energy than this rather elegantly crafted movie that dares you not to kick it to see if it's still breathing. Yet I can't say it was boring--there's something compelling in its sheer masochism.


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