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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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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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Comedy isn't funny.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Punching Henry See more »

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Follows Punching the Clown (2009) See more »

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Pleasantly surprised
1 August 2017 | by jubsterkcSee all my reviews

Just happened to queue this up on cable this past weekend because I saw Tig Notaro was in it. While this might seem unkind to the lead character, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! It will make you yell at your TV screen -the lead character at first seems so out of it! There is a palpable disconnect between him and the world he meets everyday. An underdog for sure, but you come to love him because you feel sorry for him. You will come to loathe the world he reluctantly steps into, and the people he meets. Truth be told, I was disappointed when the movie ended, kind of like when we read really good novels and we don't want them to end. Despite his many foibles, Henry will pull you in with his talent, and you'll stay because you see his fine heart. Along the way, it's understated comedy, the kind that zips over your head, only to come back very quickly and smack you. And while I don't believe Notaro had any writing credits (on top of being a character in the film) that is her signature -understated comedy. Great cast, you will not be disappointed!


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