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The comic folksinger Henry Phillips stars in this wry, poignant, smartly satirical comedy as himself, and puts himself into uneasy situations in which he doesn't always come out as the hero.
Every aspiring performer will appreciate Gregori Viens' unassuming comedy, which cheerfully skewers industry pretensions and media-fueled trends.
Familiar show-business satire is enlivened by genuinely witty, off-kilter humor.
[If it] isn't entirely successful, it's partly because the music -- late-night satire swathed in gentle folkie chords -- and Mr. Phillips's modest but knowing manner don't quite match up with the "Star Is Born" clichés of the plot.
Punching the Clown is welcome proof that there remains at least one industry in which the US can compete with New Zealand: the parody folk-song business.
A partly biographical, drolly fabricated comedy.
A quiet jewel of smart, unexpected laughs...as old vaudevillians would say, "It's funny because it's true."
Punching the Clown can be too cute, but it's a quietly sad portrait of just barely getting by.
The result is a shaggy rise-and-fall story that is deceptively well-wrought, playing at times like an extremely hip, deep-access concert film.
The film is an amiable, self-mocking satire about L.A.'s vacuous showbiz types.
In the spirit of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Flight of the Conchords" but much funnier.
The fickleness and absurdity of life in L.A.'s entertainment industry has been skewered more effectively in a number of other movies.
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