Who's the Caboose? Reviews
Sarah Silverman steals the film as Susan Underman, a struggling New York actor who leaves The Big Apple for Tinsel Town to try to land a part in a sitcom - ANY sitcom. Her boyfriend, Max (Seder), follows along and gets more than he bargained for. But the real story is formed by the representation of the Hollywood audition process, the entire L.A. scene and the shallow, fake, hollow, heartless and greedy souls who inhabit every human shell in the industry. It gets less funny and more depressing as the point is driven home.
I can't say there was anything inherently bad with the premise or the performances or even the flow of the story, but over all, it wasn't as funny as it should have been and really ended up as more of a bummer than light comedic fare.
I appreciate that the mockumentary format serves the authenticity of the story but it's realism is earned at a great sacrifice; the film is not engaging, it successfully delivers a very authentic feeling story but the intentional blandness of 'real-life' negates any possible emotion we might be feeling for the characters.
The movie explores the uphill battle of actors breaking from underground comedy clubs to mainstream sitcom success but what struck me the most was how many fantastic comedians are criminally underutilized in their comedic capacity. Naturally mischievous Sarah Silverman portraying an irritable and neurotic bore, ludicrously funny David Cross barely gets a peek of screen time and H. John Benjamin whose wry voice you have heard in so many great cartoons playing an officious, effervescent lawyer. It's an arm-wrestle between miscast roles and an aggressively dry script.
It's okay, but if you sort-of liked what you saw, I recommend watching the far superior 'Swingers' which came out a year prior, similar fare but done with greater style and a more engaging emotional core.
This was painful to watch, as the documentary aspect insulted my intelligence by explaining everything that was going on at all times and not even a plethora of comedians like Sarah Silverman, Todd Barry, Marc Maron and David Cross can lift this poorly written dreck out of the mire.