The Opening Act

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Will is stuck in a thankless job while trying to pursue his true passion in life -- becoming a stand-up comic. When he gets the opportunity he's been waiting for, an emcee slot on the road opening for his hero, the realities of life on the stage come to light. Between relentless hecklers, drunken groupies and hard-to-impress DJs, things get off to a rough start. Even if he can learn from his idols and overcome the challenges, he'll have to prove he has what it takes to make his dream a reality.

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Critic Reviews for The Opening Act

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (3)

  • Jimmy O. Yang gives a slyly appealing performance as a comic who may be too good a person to be a nightclub star.

    October 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Lacking tangible emotional depth, and, frankly, much laugh-out-loud humor at all, The Opening Act is surprisingly underdeveloped for an intimate story about ambition and sacrifice.

    October 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A very insightful insider-baseball look at the creative process.

    October 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • You could make a documentary about modern stand-up comedy and it wouldn't have half the truth of The Opening Act.

    October 19, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • The film showcases the struggle of aspiring stand-up comics with an A-list cast that helps deliver the laughs.

    October 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Steve Bryne keeps "The Opening Act" light, immersive, and breezy, not pushing the boundaries of his script or characters beyond their capabilities with Jimmy Yang making the biggest impression among a sea of comedic giants.

    October 19, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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