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Some of the best material in the film takes us out of the New Yorker offices and into the lives of the old-timers and the newcomers.
Bouncing briskly between an intimate look at the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, and profiles of prominent cartoonists (Roz Chast is the first woman to show up, 20 minutes in), the movie covers a lot.
With more than a hint of the magazine's trademark insouciance, the film gives us a close look at how the selection process works and introduces us a to a handful of younger artists, as well as such stalwarts as George Booth and Roz Chast.
Warm and frequently hilarious.
Buzzing attentively but not exclusively around cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, director Leah Wolchok strikes a pleasing balance between office minutiae and comic greatest hits.
It gets a bit lost in the weeds.
An alternate history with humor that is bound to outlast even their latest digs, but still change is difficult and keeping vital remains a constant struggle. By capturing that in such an eloquent way, the film proves to be something else likely to endure.
Very Semi-Serious is an extremely interesting, jolly, hilarious, almost nostalgic x-ray image of a medium that refuses to die (print), which may be the reason it's still being done with rigorous professionalism. [Full Review in Spanish]
The film is a reminder of the valuable work cartoons have made for the way it captures the daily life of the people living in New York. [Full review in Spanish]
As messy and ambitious as it is, Very Semi-Serious offers a unique insight into the present goals and evolution of The New Yorker cartoons
It's a minor work that knows its place in the margins, but is thought-provoking and surreptitiously insightful - and very funny.
Although set in an insular culture,Very Semi-Serious makes the experiences of the struggling cartoonists universal to anyone who tries to do anything creative.
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