Reviews

  • Apr 27, 2021

    Like the soliloquies in the stand-up sections. Some of the senarios and scenes stretched, but overall a very enjoyable movie. Might appear as dated to some watching now

    Like the soliloquies in the stand-up sections. Some of the senarios and scenes stretched, but overall a very enjoyable movie. Might appear as dated to some watching now

  • Dec 17, 2020

    This movie featured excellent acting and writing. The way that the two characters individual stories interwove throughout this film was captivating and dramatic, yet comedic. The marriage of different genres such as comedy, drama...and romance was so well done that the movie as a whole is truly a seamlessly enjoyable experience.

    This movie featured excellent acting and writing. The way that the two characters individual stories interwove throughout this film was captivating and dramatic, yet comedic. The marriage of different genres such as comedy, drama...and romance was so well done that the movie as a whole is truly a seamlessly enjoyable experience.

  • Nov 25, 2020

    Gotta love me some Sally Fields and John Goodman in this movie. Funny and poignant with lots of integrity.

    Gotta love me some Sally Fields and John Goodman in this movie. Funny and poignant with lots of integrity.

  • Sep 07, 2020

    This film puts two actors without stand-up backgrounds on stage and we believe fully that they are comics who would be miserable doing anything else. There is comedy, there are gut punches and some heartwarming scenes. Hanks delivers. By all accounts, in the months leading up to the shoot, he deep-dived into the stand-up world to workshop material and stage presence until he was believable up there. KUDOS! (NB: Some of the jokes don't age well, but it's a time capsule of the era so it is forgivable)

    This film puts two actors without stand-up backgrounds on stage and we believe fully that they are comics who would be miserable doing anything else. There is comedy, there are gut punches and some heartwarming scenes. Hanks delivers. By all accounts, in the months leading up to the shoot, he deep-dived into the stand-up world to workshop material and stage presence until he was believable up there. KUDOS! (NB: Some of the jokes don't age well, but it's a time capsule of the era so it is forgivable)

  • May 03, 2020

    Comedy is hard. Funny changes from year to year, decade to decade. Not every joke in Punchline applies to the year 2020, but the humour was merely part of the setting in this film. The relationships and characters are multi-dimensional and complex, and the ways they use comedy to get them through life's challenges is fascinating. Tom Hanks and Sally Field are stellar and perfect for presenting the ups and downs these characters face. Not all elements of the plot tie together, and there are definitely so roads which lead to nowhere in the plot, but I found it entertaining at the core.

    Comedy is hard. Funny changes from year to year, decade to decade. Not every joke in Punchline applies to the year 2020, but the humour was merely part of the setting in this film. The relationships and characters are multi-dimensional and complex, and the ways they use comedy to get them through life's challenges is fascinating. Tom Hanks and Sally Field are stellar and perfect for presenting the ups and downs these characters face. Not all elements of the plot tie together, and there are definitely so roads which lead to nowhere in the plot, but I found it entertaining at the core.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Have you heard the one about the comedian who bombed so bad he fell through the floor? It seems like stand-up was just a stage for him... And after watching this morose melodramedy, aren't we all glad that comedy like this was just that for Field and Hanks, nothing but a stage to leave behind? Not that either one lacks the charisma and timing to tell a joke in the spotlight, as the performances are the only thing here that really pack any punch. Rather, despite their obvious comedic sensibilities, the screenplay never delivers a modicum of the wit or profundity that it imagines these characters muster on the mic, the jokes instead being rote and hackneyed. If the movie ultimately is a bore for this reason, its overall narrative thrust posits the opposite---that talent will overcome any paucity of material or overabundance of cliches, that well-told, even an old joke can still kill. Maybe that's true, but really great stand-up, whatever demons may torment and motivate the actual performers, requires ego and confidence; and though the movie knows and dramatizes this, it strangely lacks, to a fault, that confidence in itself, and so stuffs itself to overflowing with platitudes and archetypes. On their own, given room to breathe, these arcs and characters might have actually worked: Watching either Hanks or Field hungrily hone their material, struggling to balance everyday life and nightlife on stage---but together, the narrative threads just never figure out how to make ends meet in an original or interesting way. The result feels flat and overstuffed simultaneously, the movie's highs artificial and its lows rather shallow.

    Have you heard the one about the comedian who bombed so bad he fell through the floor? It seems like stand-up was just a stage for him... And after watching this morose melodramedy, aren't we all glad that comedy like this was just that for Field and Hanks, nothing but a stage to leave behind? Not that either one lacks the charisma and timing to tell a joke in the spotlight, as the performances are the only thing here that really pack any punch. Rather, despite their obvious comedic sensibilities, the screenplay never delivers a modicum of the wit or profundity that it imagines these characters muster on the mic, the jokes instead being rote and hackneyed. If the movie ultimately is a bore for this reason, its overall narrative thrust posits the opposite---that talent will overcome any paucity of material or overabundance of cliches, that well-told, even an old joke can still kill. Maybe that's true, but really great stand-up, whatever demons may torment and motivate the actual performers, requires ego and confidence; and though the movie knows and dramatizes this, it strangely lacks, to a fault, that confidence in itself, and so stuffs itself to overflowing with platitudes and archetypes. On their own, given room to breathe, these arcs and characters might have actually worked: Watching either Hanks or Field hungrily hone their material, struggling to balance everyday life and nightlife on stage---but together, the narrative threads just never figure out how to make ends meet in an original or interesting way. The result feels flat and overstuffed simultaneously, the movie's highs artificial and its lows rather shallow.

  • Jul 25, 2017

    I don't really get why all the people I've read, give mixed reviews about this film. It isn't a work of art, but has sort of excellence in a particular way, I find it timeless, even - really fun to watch.

    I don't really get why all the people I've read, give mixed reviews about this film. It isn't a work of art, but has sort of excellence in a particular way, I find it timeless, even - really fun to watch.

  • Sep 24, 2016

    The Standup meltdown was so odd, then Steven gold was crying. Tom hanks played the character.

    The Standup meltdown was so odd, then Steven gold was crying. Tom hanks played the character.

  • Jun 11, 2016

    Housewife joins the stand up comedy circuit in this entertaining romantic comedy.

    Housewife joins the stand up comedy circuit in this entertaining romantic comedy.

  • Dec 27, 2015

    Tom Hanks already knows the Kneepjes from the busines already from Saturday Night Live offcours ...but has nothing to do with the movie ! In this movie he plays Steven Gold who learns Lilah the kneepjes from Comedy ...in between he falls in love a bit and Lilah becomes better in her performences ! Funny at times , yes ! SOMDVD

    Tom Hanks already knows the Kneepjes from the busines already from Saturday Night Live offcours ...but has nothing to do with the movie ! In this movie he plays Steven Gold who learns Lilah the kneepjes from Comedy ...in between he falls in love a bit and Lilah becomes better in her performences ! Funny at times , yes ! SOMDVD