Sneak Peek: The Comedian
An aging comic icon, JACKIE BURKE (Robert De Niro) has seen better days. Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets HARMONY (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences. Through the alchemy of their unlikely friendship, Harmony and Jackie overcome their own emotional damage and emerge as better people.
Starring: Rober De Niro, Leslie Mann, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone, Charles Grodin, and Cloris Leachman
Cameos by: Billy Crystal, Jimmie Walker, Brett Butler, Gilbert Gottfried, Hannibal Buress, Jessica Kirson, and Richard Belzer, among others
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Written by: Art Linson & Jeff Ross, Richard LaGravenese, and Lewis Friedman
Story by: Art Linson
Produced by: Mark Canton, Courtney Solomon, Taylor Hackford, Art Linson, and John Linson
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Runtime: 120 mins.
Correction: The Critic mistakenly referred to the bat mitzvah of Jackie’s niece in this review. Instead of a bat mitzvah, the referenced scene features the niece’s wedding.