Humor Me (2018)

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A once-acclaimed New York playwright, Nate (Jemaine Clement), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father, Bob (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community. Bob, always quick with a joke, uses humor to deal with all of life's challenges, even the death of his beloved wife. It drives Nate crazy. Thinking his son could benefit from some discipline, Bob sends Nate to work for Ellis (Willie Carpenter) an older ex-Marine who runs operations at the community. While at work, Nate stumbles on a senior citizen theater troupe staging a musical. Nate agrees to help but quickly realizes it won't be easy to get these quirky senior citizens to cooperate. One of them, Dee (Annie Potts) is even trying to set him up with her daughter, Allison (Ingrid Michaelson). Things reach a breaking point when a video of Nate's earlier play surfaces, opening old wounds between him and Bob. Ultimately, the father and son realize they each have their own forms of storytelling and come to appreciate their differences.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

"Humor Me" will humor you - and then some.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

"Humor Me" manages to earn its audience's indulgence, if never its full affection.

Jan 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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The kind of lame, unimaginative comedy that constantly takes cheap shots at elderly characters, and then turns on a dime and begs you to see the humanity in them.

Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie never gets too deep, which is half of its charm. The other half involves the low-key comic performances by a stellar cast ...

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Clement channels his wry hangdog humor into a slightly more grounded performance than he often gives. His charm and absurdist tendencies help elevate Nate from a potentially self-centered man-child to a lost soul who is genuinely compelling.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Performances are this movie's strong suit. Gould could use some better material, but he sketches his character deftly and demonstrates his professional savvy.

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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