Critic Consensus: As brilliantly and uncomfortably confrontational as its protagonist, Entertainment is a boundary-blurring exercise in cinematic misanthropy that more than lives up to its title.
|Rating:||R (for language, crude sexual material, a disturbing image and brief drug use)|
|Directed By:||Rick Alverson|
|Written By:||Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker|
|In Theaters:||Nov 13, 2015 Limited|
|On DVD:||Feb 23, 2016|
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Critic Reviews for Entertainment
There's a chic emptiness to "Entertainment," undoubtedly, and anti-comedy constructs that may rub the wrong way, but there's also a spiky intelligence at work too, one that engages through the artifice of disengagement and the illusion of "performance."
A daring and mainly successful black comedy about a dour and depressive comedian on a dead-end tour of California.
Like Hamburger's meta-hacky comedy routine, the film confronts and challenges in order to produce something increasingly rare in American cinema: an active, engaged experience.
Audience Reviews for Entertainment
As mean spirited a thing as a thing could be, this relentlessly bitter view of life and of people tells the story of a dive comedian on the road of dive venues. He is not happy. His jokes are not funny. Perhaps the humor of this piece, the "entertainment" is ironic, a statement that nothing is really entertaining, that life is simply shit. Okay. But as an argument over coffee, not as a film experience. Suicide is an redemptive alternative compared to this.
Bizarre, divisive, bleak, black comedy, with a superlative music score and an incredibly deranged lead performance.
Artsy fartsy bullshit. Portrait of a comedian who's not funny. Oooh. So deep. Here's my idea for the sequel: portrait of a painter, who's paintings suck. Wouldn't that be AMAZING?
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