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"Humor Me" will humor you - and then some.
"Humor Me" manages to earn its audience's indulgence, if never its full affection.
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.
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 ...
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.
Performances are this movie's strong suit. Gould could use some better material, but he sketches his character deftly and demonstrates his professional savvy.
Ultimately, the lightness and sincerity brought to Humor Me makes it worth catching.
This isn't the kind of film that you see for the spectacle, nor is it one you see for its ability to engage the brain significantly. It's an easy, 93-minute viewing experience. One that's more suitable for VOD platforms.
There is no punchline to this joke, just a great big question mark. Because it's confounding that anyone is still writing a movie like Humor Me, let alone wrangling uber-talented superstars like Clement and Gould into starring in it.
There's no shortage of movies about male sad-sacks who are stuck in a rut, but this one, though predictable, is mildly funny and warmly likable thanks to fine casting and sympathetic performances.
The execution of the material appears to be just a bit too lacking to serve the purpose of a full-length film.
Hoffman secures success with the pairing of leads Clement and Gould, who pull off an itchy family dynamic with terrific timing, bringing heart and laughs to "Humor Me."
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