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Punchline (1988)

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Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 1

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Sally Field goes the Roseanne route in Punchline. Field plays a housewife and mother who suddenly develops the urge to be a comedienne. Her comic instincts are on target, but her timing and delivery stinks. Tom Hanks, a stand-up comic with a few years' experience under his belt, offers to teach Field the ropes. As they get to know each other, Hanks and Field begin to pick up on each other's shortcomings; though Hanks has far more talent than Field, for example, he has a positively ruinous habit

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Drama, Comedy

David Seltzer

Jul 9, 2002

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (8) | DVD (9)

Unfunny, at times morose, comedy-drama about standup comics.

March 23, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A movie that engages us with its distinctive blend of humor and heartbreak

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Enjoyable thanks to three fantastic performances, a handful of fairly amusing moments, and an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of the stand-up comedy industry.

December 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Punchline

David Seltzer, could written much better Punchline. Unfortunately, he don't did that. Still, continue being a interesting view of stand-up comedy world.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Hanks is magnetic as a naturally gifted comic whose funny is the direct result of being a lousy human being. Somehow though he befriends I-want-to-be-more-than-just-a-housewife Fields and so they help each other in the toxic environment that is stand-up comedy. It held my interest, especially Hanks whose struggle against self-destruction is riveting.
May 26, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Two great actors, one boring, predictable, unfunny script about comedians who fall in love. This movie could have been way better.
February 13, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Sally Field as a stand-up comic? I don't think so...
July 6, 2009
webalina

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    1. Steven Gold: I'd say anything to a woman, I'd say I love her, I'd say she's beatiful, I'd say she's sexy... I don't mess around 'funny'.
    – Submitted by Karen M (2 years ago)
    1. Steven Gold: All of our lives are funny, we're god's animated cartoons.
    – Submitted by Karen M (2 years ago)
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