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Entertainment (2015)

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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.

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Cast

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 Maria
Kevin Guthrie
as Ghost Town Tour Guide
Fabian Euresti
as Orange Grove Worker
David Yow
as Party Host
Juan Cueto
as Cousin John's Father-in-Law
Natalie Contreras
as Ruben's Girlfriend
Amy Seimetz
as Woman in Bar
Ashley Atwood
as Pregnant Woman
Jeffrey Jensen
as Pants the Opener
Sergio Rafael
as Fernando
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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (17)

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."

November 19, 2015 | Full Review…

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

November 19, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

November 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Comedian is an ugly man with an ugly soul, and an ugly sense of comedy that at one point literally includes making fart noises for 90 full seconds as he pretends to gun down his silent audience with a soccer trophy.

November 13, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 13, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Weirdly compelling if student-y and unfocused ...

November 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Entertainment

½

None of the reviews to this mentioned Neil Hamburger. This is, essentially, a Sisyphean biopic about Neil Hamburger's career (with a Lynchean twist!). Great shots. Everything else sucks horribly. Sitting through this film was arduous. Without the payoff of a joke that is an occasional happenstance on a Neil Hamburger record, this movie just seems flat. Not even the silly extras (or friends of Rick or Gregg) pulled a laugh out of me. Such a sad film about comedy, and a laughless film about existential worthlessness. But that's ENTERTAINMENT!!!!! sadness and mediocrity. I wish I could drink enough to forget more of this film.

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

Super Reviewer

½

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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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