The Opening Act Reviews

October 19, 2020
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
The film showcases the struggle of aspiring stand-up comics with an A-list cast that helps deliver the laughs.
October 19, 2020
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
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
This indie drama features several comedians in roles of all kinds, but, oddly, it has very few laughs; still, it works in its own quiet way. with touching characters and a fascinating setting.
October 19, 2020
Yang generates sympathy with his awkward nervous energy, and the film resonates with behind-the-scenes authenticity.
October 16, 2020
However, by concentrating on what motivates these performers to lay themselves bare as they do, the movie proves to be something more than just a one-note entertainment.
October 16, 2020
The film itself has a loose structure, but the storyline is tightly woven to give us an entertaining story with an edgy reality. This indie is a gem that shouldn't go under the radar of viewers or critics.
October 16, 2020
A very insightful insider-baseball look at the creative process.
October 15, 2020
Thoroughly entertaining, and a nice little indie that I hope people will discover for themselves.
October 15, 2020
Byrne doesn't push his luck, keeping the movie simple and immersive, identifying the emotional roller coaster of the profession in a way few features have attempted.
October 13, 2020
The humor gets dicey whenever Steve Byrne shifts away from the standup set, but the movie has heart and an endearing cast
October 13, 2020
This low-key hangout comedy elicits a personal reflection on a stand-up's rocky road to self-actualization
October 12, 2020
Byrne's personal connection to the material shines through, and the stand-up scenes deliver genuine laughs.
October 12, 2020
Even as a fairly low-stakes comedy, Opening isn't comfortable in the sense of "easy," so much as it feels like a warm hug from someone who knows you well, even if they're going to spend all their waking hours screwing with you.