Entertainment (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Entertainment (2015)



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.

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A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.more
Rating: R (for language, crude sexual material, a disturbing image and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2016
Box Office: $55.5k
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Gregg Turkington
as The Comedian
Lotte Verbeek
as The Chromotherapist
Tim Heidecker
as The Celebrity
Mariann Gavelo
as Sitcom Maria
Annabella Lwin
as Airplane Tour Guide
Mike Hickey
as The Heckler
Sergio Estrada
as Alejandro
Craig Holland
as Oil Field Tour Guide
Sergio Estradaa
as Alejandro
Susan Cernas
as Alejandro's Daughter...
Kevin Guthrie
as Ghost Town Tour Guid...
Fabian Euresti
as Orange Grove Worker
Juan Cueto
as Cousin John's Father...
Amy Seimetz
as Woman in Bar
Natalie Contreras
as Ruben's Girlfriend
David Yow
as Party Host
Ashley Atwood
as Pregnant Woman
Jeffrey Jensen
as Pants the Opener
Sergio Rafael
as Fernando
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Critic Reviews for Entertainment

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

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."

Full Review… | November 19, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It is not fun, but its confrontational style yields dividends.

Full Review… | November 19, 2015
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A daring and mainly successful black comedy about a dour and depressive comedian on a dead-end tour of California.

Full Review… | November 19, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Weirdly compelling if student-y and unfocused ...

Full Review… | November 13, 2015
New York Post
Top Critic

Get with the extreme deadpan tone and long takes, though, and the film feels as brave as it is potentially exasperating.

Full Review… | November 12, 2015
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Bizarre, divisive, bleak, black comedy, with a superlative music score and an incredibly deranged lead performance.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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?

Nick V.
Nick Vehlyn

Entertainment Quotes

The Comedian: Why don't rapists eat at T.G.I. Friday's? It's hard to rape with a stomach-ache.
– Submitted by Theo P (6 months ago)

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