Punchline (1988)

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An everyday housewife decides to pursue her seemingly quixotic dream of becoming a stand-up comic in this comedy-drama. At first failing miserably, she receives assistance from a more experienced, acerbic comic, with whom she forms a close friendship.

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Seltzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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as Steven Gold

as Lilah Krytsick

as Romeo

as Arnold

as Madeline

as Utica Blake

as Albert Emperato

as Billy Lane

as Mr. Ball

as Jerry Petroviak

as Robyn Green

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as Man with Arm in Cast

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Critic Reviews for Punchline

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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.

Lucas Martins
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.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

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Aj V

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