Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)
After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC's Tonight Show - and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network - O'Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" was O'Brien's answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender's resulting documentary, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, is an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. It offers a window into the private writers room and rehearsal halls as O'Brien's "half-assed show" (his words) is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who banked millions for not hosting "The Tonight Show" anymore, but it's also fascinating to see a man this compulsively driven to get back in front of people and tell jokes, to hear the laughter, to soak in the applause.
While a lot of geography is covered, as a concert film, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is decidedly thin entertainment.
It's ... entertaining, not to mention revealing about the emotional toll exacted upon people who, in O'Brien's words, "feed their bone marrow to the wood chipper that is television."
Forget talk shows; Coco should keep touring and making films like this.
It's rather stunning, but sometime down the line, our beloved Conan O'Brien ... he turned into Larry Sanders.
The film captures the exhaustive healing process he had to endure to emerge (relatively) cleansed.
...depicts a fiercely talented performer who has created...a temple to his own cult. While the resulting spectacle may be distasteful in its egotism and indulgence, there's no doubting the drive and devotion of a man for whom the world truly is a stage.
The movie is pretty standard behind-the-scenes fare most of the time, but kudos to O'Brien for allowing the filmmakers to portray him in a light that's not always flattering.
An alternately revealing and concealing vanity project that gives O'Brien a chance to vent his anger, ventilate his underlings (with his rapier wit) and play rock star alongside such celebrity enablers as Eddie Vedder and Jack White.
...a compact, compelling study of the classic manic comic personality in full overdrive.
It's (the) insight and honesty that elevates the film, transforming it into an inspiring -- if a shade or two less than truly intimate -- portrait of an immensely likable man
For supporters of Coco who want some insight in to their folk hero who is one part egomaniac, one part eager to please clown, and one part average Joe looking for the American dream.
For the most part, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop plays like a fairly typical tour documentary...
Some of the concert footage and backstage banter with the writers is extremely funny, but the funny is in shorter supply than you'd expect.
The shows themselves are tremendous fun, and Flender crams so much backstage detail into the doc that we're swept up in the whirlwind of manic action along with everyone else.
The behind-the-scenes stuff is just as hilarious as what we see of the on-stage material.
An entertaining documentary that captures a singular performer at a singular moment in his long career.
Members of Team Coco will eat it up. But even those on Team Jay (Leno) can't deny that the film is a fascinating look at one of TV's most creative personalities.
Surprisingly, and sadly, this documentary about the titular comedian's comedy tour doesn't contain much comedy. Though it is an intriguing portrait of a very talented workaholic.
Audience Reviews for Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
An interesting look into the celebrity's life and his comeback from being kicked off TV. It isn't as funny as I had hoped, but it stays interesting and keeps your attention throughout.More
Conan said it best when speaking about his tour: this is raw Conan. He swears like a f-ing sailor and berates his s---ty staff all g-- damn day. Wink!More
If I could show up not do my job and get paid 30 million dollars I wouldn't still be complaining about it years later. Quit crying you big girl.More
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