Certifiably Jonathan (2011)



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Jonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is a gifted painter. He dreams of having his paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art. When Jonathan's art exhibitions in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas fail, a discouraged Jonathan is ready to abandon his dream. The filmmakers decide to help by hunting down a famous critic and show him Jonathan's paintings. He believes Jonathan is "the missing link between Miro and Dali" and convinces the Museum of Modern Art to give Jonathan a show-but only if he paints three new paintings. Jonathan launches into a painting frenzy but disaster strikes when his favorite painting is stolen, causing him to lose his sense of humor (He claims that a witch doctor trapped him in a bathroom and sucked the humor from his body.) Without his sense of humor Jonathan cannot paint. About to lose his big show, Jonathan tries everything to get back his humor. With the help of a shrink, a new age healer, a séance with the Arquettes, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Howie Mandel, Nora Dunn, Ryan Stiles, Gary Owens and others, Jonathan sets out on a quest to get his mojo back.--© Official Site
Comedy , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Certifiably Jonathan

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

For a movie literally about "finding the funny," it's ironic that director Jim Pasternak too rarely does in his fitfully lively but mostly awkward mockumentary "Certifiably Jonathan."

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Jonathan Winters is a fine and funny fellow, and deserves better than this.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years.

Full Review… | February 11, 2011
New York Post
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Observing his subject both on and off medication (Mr. Winters says he is bipolar), Mr. Pasternak has produced a film that feels depressingly exploitative.

February 10, 2011
New York Times
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Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Would seem inconsequential under any circumstances, but feels especially threadbare coming on the heels of Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Certifiably Jonathan


Thought this was going to be a documentary. It's a "fake" documentary that never makes the natural leap to mockumentary... so it sits uncomfortably straddling both sides... fully committing to neither.

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