Flash Movie Review: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

I have met a few celebrities in my travels, though not nearly as many as I hope to see some day. Las Vegas has been my lucky spot where I have seen the majority of them. There was the time tennis player John McEnroe and his wife Patty Smyth were walking down the street. My friend and I walked faster to overtake and pass them. We then stopped where I pretended I was taking a picture of my friend in front of a hotel marquee. Fiddling with the camera lens, I waited until John and his wife came into viewfinder range then shot the picture. The photo showed my friend standing next to the couple as if he belonged with them. Things like this have added an extra fun element to my Las Vegas trips. The subject of this documentary was someone I met in a Las Vegas hotel’s elevator. When she walked into the elevator it only took a second for me to realize it was really Joan Rivers and not an impersonator. The question then was whether to leave her alone or say hello. I could not resist and introduced myself, telling her I enjoyed her humor. Joan was quite cordial, thanking me and asking me if this was my first time in Las Vegas. It briefly crossed my mind to hit the emergency button to stop the elevator, so I could ask her a bunch of questions. I thought better of it because getting arrested as a stalker would be something that definitely would not stay in Vegas! If you are not a fan of Joan Rivers I do not think you would even get this film; however, I was surprised to find her story told in a funny and compassionate way. She deserves credit for what she has done in paving the way for the female comics we enjoy today. No matter what you think about her, Joan cannot be faulted for her work ethic. At her age keeping her schedule as active as it was shown, I only hope I can keep doing what I do at that age. As my cousin’s aunt who was a Hollywood manager always said, “You have to be a little crazy to be a star.”


3 stars — DVD

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 26, 2013, in Documentary and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Joan is a piece of work. I was never fond of her until I realized what she is made of. I am now a huge fan. I am inspired by her work ethic and vigor.

  2. this looks compelling, I think I would like to see it. She broke many barriers in comedy.

  3. I loved this one when it first came out. She was very open and candid, as was Melissa. I saw this at the same time as the Don Rickles documentary, and they could not be more different. Rickles was always distant and guarded, always on. You got real moments with Joan.

    Nice review.

  4. I enjoyed this movie a lot. It gave me a new perspective on the celebrity. I found I really liked her and Melissa.

  5. Saw it a few months ago. A good insight into her career and life.

  6. Enjoyed watching this movie! Felt an intimacy with Joan. Learned who she truly is – an amazing woman. Discovered many interesting things.

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