Flash Movie Review: The Comedian
ONCE you typecast a person you essentially are telling them they cannot evolve. Look at the examples we have seen in the celebrity world. Child performers can have a solid career playing a limited range of roles that suit their current personas; however, when they reach puberty and start exerting their independence a majority of viewers/followers turn on them. There are 2 musical artists I can think of immediately who acted out outrageously to break the mold they were boxed into by fans’ perceptions. I can understand how some of us do not want to see our celebrities grow up; but it is a natural part of life. Heck I get it since I still think of myself as a younger version of who I used to be. Asking my friends and family I am sure they will say I certainly do not act my age; however here is a question for you, who decided how we are supposed to act based on our birth age? My philosophy has always been, “young at heart, young in mind.” WHEN I first started out teaching fitness I soon saw signs that I was being typecast in a certain way. From some of the remarks I would get to comments I said in class I realized members assumed I only studied PE courses and was teaching full time. The first time I told someone my educational background I remember how stunned they were that I had studied in the fields of animal science and photography. Even to this day it is not unusual for someone in my yoga class to be surprised when they hear I am a credit manager. The majority of the time the first response to me is, “You are so nice; how are you a credit manager?” I guess there is a stereotype associated with being a credit manager. Speaking of stereotypes and typecasting I am concerned the main actor in this comedy is trying to break the typecast of him being a great actor. HAVING been a famous former TV star Jackie Burke, played by Robert De Niro (Dirty Grandpa, Casino) had a hard time convincing the public he was something more than just his television character. No matter how outrageous he would get his fans wanted the old TV character. This film festival winner had an amazing cast that included Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, Knocked Up) as Harmony Schiltz, Harvey Keitel (The Piano, Reservoir Dogs) as Mac Schiltz, Danny DeVito (When in Rome, L.A. Confidential) as Jimmy Berkowitz and Patti LuPone (Parker, Driving Miss Daisy) as Florence Berkowitz. The story may not have been anything special; but with such a cast, if the script had been a whole lot better then maybe this would have been a decent movie. As it turned out this picture was bad. Put aside the foul language, there was so little that seemed realistic that I was bored through most of the film besides being embarrassed for all the actors. Nothing got developed story wise, the script was a series of skits in my opinion. It would not be fair for me to say but with Robert’s recent film choices he is in a downward spiral. Having seen this and his film Dirty Grandpa makes me think he wants to break some mold he feels he has been placed in.
1 ½ stars
Posted on February 10, 2017, in Comedy and tagged 1 1/2 stars, comedian, comedy, Danny DeVito, edie falco, film festival winner, harvey keitel, leslie mann, patti lupone, robert de niro. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.
Robert De Niro made a fool of himself with his anti-Trump rant. He’s lost his marbles. He’s also lost his career with his choice of films in recent years. I have around 800 DVDs/Blu-Rays. The only film in which he appears (coincidentally, since I haven’t bought any films in several years now) is “Brazil,” and his role is a small one.
Perhaps he was still being a comedian with his anti-Trump rant! LOL
Lol, thanks for the laugh.
I still cannot figure out if you lost a lot of money somewhere and is doing these awful films. Thank you for the comments.
De Niro’s name used to draw me in to watching movies; now his name makes me give movies a wide berth. He either needs a better agent or he needs to retire.
I agree, thanks for the comments.
Actually didn’t mind this one. But the plot is sort of lacking. I’m in the minority, however.
Yep I am afraid you are in the minority on this one, but I’m glad you were ok sitting through it. Thanks for telling me.
Actually De Niro isn’t the problem here, the storyline is. This statement is for the people with the comments on this post.
@moviejoltz that 1 ½ stars is it on a scale of 1 to 10? I’m actually asking. Please give me a buzz if possible Cheers 🙂
HI Asif it is a pleasure meeting you. My scale is 1 to 4 stars and I agree the story/script were the problems. The cast was incredible and they could do almost anything but this script did not allow it. Thank you for the comments.
I will pass. We started watching Dirty Grandpa and turned it off after about 20 minutes. Horrible!
Yep chalk this up to pure schlock, a tragedy. Thank you for the comments.
In spite of the enormous palmares that De Niro has, leaves much to be desired his role in the film. The other highlight is the ease you have to make your review. It is an interesting and very enjoyable reading worthy of a good writings, without a doubt.
Hi it is a pleasure meeting you. It was very kind of you to stop by and leave your remarks and comments. Thank you so much.