The Comedian

The Comedian

The Comedian 

Review By

Brian Wallinger 

It would appear we have another "swing and a miss" situation in Robert De Niro's newest attempt at comedy. De Niro plays Jackie, a self absorbed comedian well past his prime who is searching for his big comeback.  The story revolves around Jackie being sentenced to community service for assaulting a heckler during one of his shows.  It is here that he meets Leslie's Mann's character and his attraction to her begins to reinvigorate his stand up routine. 

Danny DeVito supports as Jackie's brother, but regrettably, their inherent chemistry is wasted on a shallow script and lackluster direction.  Even a cameo by film legend Harvey Keitel is not enough to save this film.   The central relationship is at times redeemed by Mann and De Niro's verbal exchanges, but these small triumphs are quickly forgotten as the coupling often derails into borderline creepy territory.  The jokes are simply not funny and suffer from endless repetition and unnecessary profanity. 

In the end, this is another prime example of squandered potential.  The Comedian assembles a formidable cast and uses every possible cinematic moment to waste their considerable talent.   Light on meaning and replete with profane duds, The Comedian is a tragic misfire and a colossal waste of time.  

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