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Punching Henry (2016)

And Punching the Clown (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 February 2017 (USA)
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Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA when a veteran TV producer decides to make a show about the life of a loser.

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Gregori Viens

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Phillips ... Henry Phillips
Tig Notaro ... Jillian
J.K. Simmons ... Jay Warren
Mark Cohen ... Stupid Joe
Sarah Silverman ... Sharon Levine
Ellen Ratner Ellen Ratner ... Ellen Pinksy
Mike Judge ... Ed
Jim Jefferies ... Charlie
Stephanie Allynne ... Zoe
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Dramatic Actor
Michaela Watkins ... Mara
Derek Waters ... Dave the Producer
Doug Stanhope ... Cab Dispatcher
Wayne Federman ... Carl Rohmer
Ashley Johnson ... Danielle
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Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren, who wants to make a show about the life of a struggling performer. When Jay sees Henry bomb at a local club, he is convinced that this story must be told. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian, and his well-meaning but sub-par manager Ellen Pinsky, Henry endures the ups and downs of LA living, and even secures what appears to be the Hollywood dream. But as a major TV network gets involved, he must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the butt of them.

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598th Review: Hangdog Comedy That is Laugh-Out Loud Funny
23 February 2017 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

This was a genuine surprise - Henry Phillips, a loser comedy musician and proud of it, plays himself in a film that has more going for it that most - firstly, it is actually funny, rather than just meh, it has some excellent sight gags, sharp one-liners, and a script that uses his road tales and converts them into something more. On top of this is an actual plot of LA life (and of the horrors of big commerce trying to seduce him into monetizing his life). Hey, we see what you did there Henry, clever...

All in all, this is a small, intimate film that captures its Garry Shandler, Larry David, Walter Matthau vibe and gets better as it goes along. With loads of cameos and a nice sensibility, this is an easy film to recommend - it's low down without being mean about it - and it actually gets its laughs right.


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