Talking Pictures with Neil Rosen

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Film critic Neil Rosen invites viewers to explore the movie industry with him each month, as he dives in to the latest releases from Hollywood and independent producers. Interviews with actors and other industry insiders, as well as commentary from fellow critics, provide varying perspectives on the ever-changing world of film.

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>>> THIS WEEK ON TALKING PICTURES WITH NEIL ROSEN,

WE'LL LOOK AT A NEW VERSION OF THE CLASSIC

SCI-FI THRILLER, THE INVISIBLE MAN, STARRING

ELISABETH MOSS. GREED, A SATIRE ABOUT THE

SUPER-RICH WITH STEVE COOGAN, AN ORDINARY LOVE,

ABOUT A MARRIED COUPLE BATTLING CANCER FEATURING

LIAM NEESON AND LESLEY MANVILLE. PLUS, A LOOK AT

BILLY CRYSTAL'S LATEST FILM, STANDING UP, FALLING

DOWN. WE'VE GOT ALL THAT AND MANY MORE MOVIE

PICKS COMING UP.

♪ [THEME MUSIC]

I'M NEIL ROSEN. WELCOME TO TALKING PICTURES.

IT'S OUR MONTHLY CRITIC'S ROUND TABLE SHOW

WHERE WE DEBATE WHAT'S WORTH WATCHING AND WHAT'S

NOT WHEN IT COMES TO NEW RELEASES, HIDDEN GEMS,

AND HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS. JOINING ME ARE LISA ROSMAN

FROM SIGNS AND SIRENS, BILL MCCUDDY FROM

GOLDDERBY, AND JUSTINE BROWNING FROM

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. LET'S START OUT WITH A

LOOK AT SEVERAL NEW FILMS HITTING THEATERS,

BEGINNING WITH A NEW REMAKE OF THE INVISIBLE MAN.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A CLIP.

>>> HE HAS FIGURED OUT A WAY TO BE INVISIBLE.

YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. HE'S NOT DEAD.

I JUST CAN'T SEE HIM.

>>> OKAY. NOW, I AGREE WITH YOU.

ADRIAN WAS BRILLIANT. BUT IT WASN'T BECAUSE OF ANYTHING

HE INVENTED, IT WAS HOW HE GOT IN PEOPLE'S HEADS.

>>> JUSTINE, TELL ME ABOUT THE INVISIBLE MAN.

>>> WELL THIS IS VERY LOOSELY BASED ON THE

CLASSIC STORY. IT'S GIVEN A ME TOO-ESQUE SPIN.

AND IT'S FROM HORROR DIRECTOR LEIGH WHANNELL. AND IT

STARS ELISABETH MOSS AS A WOMAN WHO FLEES AN ABUSIVE

MARRIAGE. AND AS SHE'S GRAPPLING WITH THE PTSD

SHE SUFFERED DURING THE RELATIONSHIP, SHE LEARNS

HE'S ACTUALLY TAKEN HIS OWN LIFE. BUT AFTER A

SERIES OF MYSTERIOUS EVENTS STARTS TO HAPPEN,

SHE STARTS TO SUSPECT THAT NOT ONLY IS HE ALIVE BUT,

BECAUSE HE WAS AN INNOVATOR IN THE FIELD OF

OPTICS, HE'S ACTUALLY MADE HIMSELF INVISIBLE AND IS

SLOWLY DESTROYING HER LIFE. I WENT INTO THIS

WITH ZERO EXPECTATIONS AND I FOUND MYSELF PLEASANTLY

SURPRISED BY HOW ATMOSPHERIC IT IS AND HOW,

IN THE SECOND ACT, IT REALLY PICKS UP STEAM.

THERE'S A LOT OF UNEXPECTED TURNS. AND I

THINK IT'S ACTUALLY A POTENT METAPHOR FOR

ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS.

>>> BILL?

>>> IT DOES NEED A SECOND ACT BECAUSE THE FIRST I

WOULD SAY 30 OR 45 MINUTES OF THIS MOVIE YOU'RE LIKE,

WAIT A MINUTE. COME ON. I MEAN SHE DOES MUCH BETTER

WORK IN OTHER PLACES, TALKING ABOUT ELISABETH

MOSS NOW. OBVIOUSLY HANDMAID'S TALE IS MUCH

BETTER THAN THIS.

>>> WELL THIS IS A VARIANT ON HER CHARACTER FROM

HANDMAID'S TALE. SHE'S, AGAIN, TRYING TO ESCAPE,

TRYING TO GET OUT, YOU KNOW?

>>> YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M ACTUALLY WONDERING ABOUT

ELISABETH MOSS AND ALL HER WEIRDLY HISTRIONIC

PERFORMANCES. I'M KINDA DONE WITH HER. I MEAN, AND

IN GENERAL I HAD ONE GOOD REVELATION AS A RESULT OF

THIS FILM, WHICH I FIND BASICALLY POINTLESS, WHICH

IS IF I NEVER HAVE TO WATCH ANOTHER MOVIE ABOUT

A WOMAN BEING STALKED AGAIN, IT WOULD STILL BE

TOO SOON. I FEEL LIKE HOLLYWOOD, THE FEW FILMS

THAT ACTUALLY STAR WOMEN ARE ALWAYS BASICALLY ABOUT

THEM BEING VICTIMIZED AND OBJECTIFIED. AND THIS

MOVIE HAD ZERO PAYOFF FOR ALL THE STRESS.

>>> WELL YOU'LL HATE WHAT I'M ABOUT TO SAY-

>>> I WILL, I'LL HATE IT.

>>> BECAUSE WHAT'S, THE ONLY THING THAT REALLY

IS INTERESTING ABOUT IT IS THAT THIS INVISIBLE GUY

KINDA TRIES TO FRAME HER OR MAKE OTHER PEOPLE

AROUND HER THINK SHE'S CRAZY, WHICH IT DOES.

>>> THAT IS AN OLD GAS.

>>> HE'S GASLIGHTING HER.

>>> YEAH, GASLIGHTING WOMEN IS THE OLDEST

HOLLYWOOD TROPE BESIDES, I DON'T KNOW, MEN WITH GUNS.

>>> OKAY WELL I WAS SITTING NEXT TO YOU, BILL

AND THERE'S SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS HALFWAY THROUGH

THE MOVIE AT WHICH POINT, UP TILL THIS POINT I WAS

PRETTY BORED WITH THE MOVIE, SOMETHING HAPPENS

AND BILL GOES, NOW IT'S GONNA GET INTERESTING.

AND IT DID GET INTERESTING. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, LISTEN,

THERE'S GOOD ENTERTAINING TRASH LIKE THE NETFLIX

SERIES, YOU, FOR EXAMPLE-

>>> FIRST SEASON. >>> FIRST SEASON.

>>> FIRST SEASON, THANK YOU LISA. AND THERE'S BAD

ENTERTAINING TRASH AND THIS IS ENTERTAINING,

YOU KNOW, IT'S AN ENTERTAINING B MOVIE, IF YOU ACCEPT IT

ON THE B MOVIE TRASHY STYLE OF WHAT IT IS,

I THINK YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH IT. ANYWAY,

MOVING ON. LET'S TALK ABOUT A MOVIE CALLED

SORRY WE MISSED YOU WHICH IS A REAL 180 FROM THE

INVISIBLE MAN.

>>> FOR 50 YEARS, DIRECTOR KEN LOACH HAS MADE

KIND-HEARTED BRILLIANTLY RESEARCHED MOVIES THAT ARE

KIND OF IN THE CINEMA-VERITE STYLE,

THE CHAMPION, THE BRITISH WORKING CLASS AND HE IS

AGE 82 AND HE'S DONE IT AGAIN. THIS ONE IS ON THE

GIG ECONOMY. IT'S ABOUT ONE NEW CASTLE FAMILY OF

FOUR THAT'S LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK,

THE DELIVERY DRIVER DAD, A HOME-MADE MOM BOTH WORKING

ENDLESS HOURS WITH ZERO BENEFITS OR

PROTECTIONS. THIS IS REALLY UNDIDACTIC EXPERT

STORYTELLING AND CRAFTWORK AND THERE'S REALLY

BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCES FROM KRIS HITCHEN AND

DEBBIE HONEYWOOD AS THE PARENTS. AND I FEEL LIKE

THE WHOLE PREMISE OF HOW HIGH THE STAKES ARE IN

THESE PEOPLE'S LIVES AND THE ENORMOUS PRESSURE THAT

ORDINARY PEOPLE ARE NOW FACING, INCLUDING THE HIGH

PRICE THAT KIDS ARE PAYING, IS DEMONSTRATED

WITH SUCH EMPATHY AND A OF VERY LITTLE SERMONIZING.

IT IS NOT AN EASY WATCH, IT'S A HARD MOVIE, BUT

IT'S WORTH IT.

>>> AND THIS IS THE DIRECTOR WHOSE AT HIS BEST

WHEN HE'S CAPTURING THE PERILS OF THE BRITISH

WORKING CLASS, AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND HE

CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF OFF THE RECORD INTERVIEWS-

>>> YEAH, HE ALWAYS DOES.

>>> WITH REAL FAMILIES AND IT GIVES IT THAT ADDED

LAYER OF AUTHENTICITY, AND STORYLINES THAT WE DON'T

NORMALLY SEE PORTRAYED ON SCREEN, BUT ARE SO

IMPORTANT. ITS POIGNANT AND REALLY PACKS A PUNCH,

IT'S SO AFFECTING.

>>> I'M LESS ENTHUSED THAN THE REST. I THINK IT'S A

FINE MOVIE FOR THE PERFORMANCES BUT IT SORT

OF GOES NOWHERE, I MEAN IT DOESN'T HAVE A BEGINNING,

A MIDDLE, AND AN END.

>>> I DON'T AGREE AT ALL.

>>> AND, I MEAN, IT JUST SORTA STOPS. IT'S VERY

HARD TO WATCH. YOU GUYS ARE SAYING LIKE BE READY

FOR SOMETHING THAT'S DIFFICULT. I GOT TWENTY

MINUTES INTO THIS THING AND THOUGHT THIS IS,

I'M NOT SURE I CAN STAY FOR THE WHOLE RIDE. I'M GLAD I

DID AND I WON'T THINK ABOUT AN AMAZON PACKAGE

THE SAME WAY EVER AGAIN.

>>> WELL I WAS TRULY, YOU KNOW, AFFECTED BY THE FILM

AND I'D BE HARD-PRESSED TO FIND SOMEBODY OTHER THAN

YOU WHO WOULD NOT BE LIKE AFFECTED BY THE FILM.

I MEAN IT'S A HARD HITTING-

>>> MR. HAMPTONS.

>>> MASTER-FILLED EXAMINATION OF LABOR

EXPLOITATION, YOU KNOW SET AMONGST AND ORDINARY

FAMILY IN THE UK. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, AS YOU SAID IN

THIS GIG ECONOMY I MEAN THIS GUY IS LIKE GIVEN A

PACK OF LIES THAT YOU CAN OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND

YOU'RE GONNA DRIVE THE DELIVERY VAN AND DELIVER

ALL THE PACKAGES, AND, YOU KNOW, HE JUST WINDS UP

SPIRALING DOWNWARD AND HIS WIFE. BY THE WAY BOTH

PERFORMANCES ARE TREMENDOUS.

>>> SO GOOD.

>>> IT'S A VICIOUS CYCLE OF INSUFFERABLE WORKING

CONDITIONS THAT THIS FAMILY HAS TO ENDURE.

I MEAN, THE ENTIRE FAMILY, THE SON, THE DAUGHTER,

ANYWAY I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE ENOUGH, SORRY

WE MISSED YOU. LET'S MOVE ON. NEXT UP IS A NEW FILM

CALLED ORDINARY LOVE. BILL.

>>> WELL, LIAM NEESON HAS A CERTAIN SET OF SKILLS,

BUT MELLOW-DRAMA IS NOT ONE OF THEM. HE'S MARRIED

TO THE TERRIFIC LESLEY MANVILLE, SHE WAS OSCAR

NOMINATED FOR PHANTOM THREAD A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO,

AND SHE NEEDS TO BE GIVEN MORE TO DO HERE.

WHAT SHE'S GIVEN IS CANCER AND THAT'S BASICALLY THE

ENTIRE SCRIPT. SHE HAS BREAST CANCER, THEY LIVE

IN A SMALL TOWN SOMEPLACE IN IRELAND AND THE MINUTIA

OF WHAT SHE GOES THROUGH INCLUDES WAY TOO MANY

CLICH ÉS, INCLUDING A GAY COUPLE THEY MEET IN

CHEMO-THERAPY AND SOMETHING HORRIFIC THAT'S

HAPPENED TO THEIR DAUGHTER. LISTEN, I GET IT,

HE'S VERY TIRED OF MAKING THE SAME MOVIE OVER

AND OVER AGAIN. BUT I THINK THAT THIS IS KIND OF

A MISFIRE. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO WATCH AND I

THINK AUDIENCES ARE GONNA SHOW UP AND GO, OKAY SHE'S

GOT CANCER, WHEN DOES SHE GET KIDNAPPED?

>>> I DON'T AGREE WITH YOU NECESSARILY. I THINK THAT

HE, LIAM NEESON HAS NEVER BEEN MY FAVORITE, BUT I

THINK PARTLY BECAUSE PERHAPS IN HIS OWN LIFE HE

CAN RELATE TO A DEAD OR A SICK WIFE. HE BRINGS

SOMETHING NEW TO THIS, IT'S WORTHY I THINK AS A

CHARACTER STUDY OF THE MARRIAGE DYNAMICS FOR THE

"IN SICKNESS" RATHER THAN THE "IN HEALTH" PART.

>>> AND THIS IS ACTUALLY WRITTEN BY PLAYWRIGHT OWEN

MCCAFFERTY, WHOSE WIFE DID GO THROUGH THIS ORDEAL,

SO I THINK-

>>> IT WOULD WORK BETTER AS A PLAY, I THINK.

>>> YEAH, BUT I THINK IT GIVES AN EDGE TO THESE

TYPES OF STORIES. IT'S USUALLY GLORIFIED ON

SCREEN. IT FEELS SO REALISTIC. YOU FEEL LIKE

ON THE WALL, WATCHING A REAL COUPLE. AS OPPOSED TO

A FILM WHICH COULD BE A GOOD THING OR A BAD THING.

>>> YEAH BUT THEY HAVE NO FRIENDS, NOTHING HAPPENS

TO HIM. LIAM NEESON IS PRETTY GOOD HUSBAND,

BUT I WANTED MORE TO THEIR CHARACTERS.

>>> I AGREE. I MEAN WE SEE HER GO TO CHEMOTHERAPY.

WE SEE HER LOSE HER HAIR AND GET SURGERY. I DON'T KNOW

WHO WOULD REALLY WANNA SIT THROUGH A MOVIE WATCHING THIS.

>>> WELL THIS IS WHY IT CAME OUT IN FEBRUARY,

LET'S JUST BE CLEAR. THEY CLEARLY DUMPED THE FILM

BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT DIDN'T HAVE AN AUDIENCE.

>>> I'M SURE SHE CUT HER REAL HAIR OFF, WHICH IS

KIND OF AMAZING.

>>> LISTEN, THE PERFORMANCES BY LESLEY

MANVILLE AND LIAM NEESON ARE QUITE GOOD, BUT FROM

A STORY, YOU KNOW, STANDPOINT THERE'S NOTHING

REALLY THAT MAKES ME GRAVITATE TO THIS MOVIE.

>>> THIS IS A VERY BRITISH FILM THOUGH. IN THE WAY

THAT IT'S DISTILLED, LIKE ALL ITS REALLY LOOKING AT

IS ONE THING, WHICH IS MARRIAGE DYNAMICS. THAT'S

NOT TRYING TO DO THE WHOLE KIT AND CABOODLE AND I

KINDA RESPECTED THAT. I'M SHOCKED THAT-

>>> 85% OF THE MOVIE TAKES PLACE IN THE HOSPITAL

WHERE SHE'S GETTING THE TREATMENT.

>>> I DON'T THINK THAT'S A BAD THING. THIS IS LOOKING

AT THE "IN SICKNESS" PART OF HOW RELATIONSHIPS FALL

APART WHEN PEOPLE ARE UNDER STRESS.

>>> YEAH, I WOULD PASS.

JUSTINE, TELL US ABOUT THE NEW MOVIE GREED.

>>> WELL THIS CENTERS ON BILLIONAIRE FASHION MOGUL

RICHARD MCCREADIE WHO IS PLAYED BY STEVE COOGAN IN

THE FILM. AND AFTER AN EPIC PUBLIC FALL FROM

GRACE, DETERMINED TO WIN BACK THE PEOPLES FAVOR,

HE HAS THE BRIGHT IDEA OF HOSTING A LAVISH 60TH

BIRTHDAY PARTY ON THE ISLAND OF MYKONOS. THIS IS

FROM DIRECTOR, MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM WHOSE MORE

KNOWN FOR DARK POLITICAL STORIES. THIS IS MORE ON

THE SATIRICAL VEIN OF HIS FILM 24 HOUR PARTY

PEOPLE AND THOUGH IT HAS A LOT TO SAY ON THE

PROBLEMATIC NATURE OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY AND IT

PROVES TO BE AN ENTERTAINING PIECE OF

ESCAPISM, IT HAS TONAL ISSUES THAT ARE VERY

IMBALANCED AND IT'S TRYING TO JUGGLE DRAMA AND

PACKING A PUNCH, BUT ULTIMATELY FALLS FLAT.

>>> YEAH I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED HERE,

AND ONCE AGAIN I KEEP SAYING STEVE COOGAN IS ONE OF THE-

>>> YOU LOVE STEVE COOGAN.

>>> HIDDEN TREASURES AND

HE'S GONNA SOMEDAY HAVE A HUGE HIT AND I'VE KIND OF

COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HE ISN'T GOING TO.

AND ONE OF THE REASONS MAY BE MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM.

YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE,

THEY ALSO MAKE THOSE ROAD TRIP MOVIES,

THAT ARE GREAT TOGETHER. BUT THIS MOVIE

IS A REAL MISFIRE. I MEAN IT'S GOT A LOT GOING ON,

IT LOOKS GREAT, IT'S IN GREECE, THEY'RE HAVING FUN.

THEY'RE PROBABLY MAKING THE OTHER MOVIE,

WHICH IS SET IN GREECE, WITH BRYDEN WHERE THEY

DRIVE AROUND AND EAT AT ALL THOSE RESTAURANTS.

SO THIS WAS LIKE A SIDE THOUGHT AND IT FEELS LIKE

A SIDE THOUGHT. I MEAN HE'S A WEALTHY GUY, THERE

ARE A COUPLE OF FUNNY BITS WHERE THEY HIRE SOME

LOOKALIKES, INCLUDING A GEORGE MICHAEL LOOKALIKE,

THAT'S A LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENT. I WISH THERE HAD

BEEN MORE OF THE MOVIE LIKE THAT, I CAN'T

RECOMMEND THIS AND I'M A HUGE STEVE COOGAN FAN.

>>> THE PROBLEM IS THAT THEY'RE DOING SORT OF CAKE

AND EAT IT TOO, FILM-MAKING HERE.

LIKE HE'S TRYING TO MAINTAIN IRONIC COMEDIC

DETACHMENT, AT THE SAME TIME HE'S TRYING TO MAKE

THESE SORT OF SEARING SOCIAL COMMENTARY, AND THE

TWO TONES DON'T MIX I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING

TWO MOVIES IN ONE. TO ME THE ONLY REALLY GOOD THING IS,

I'M NOT A HUGE STEVE COOGAN FAN, BUT THIS WAS

AN EXCELLENT USE OF HIS NATURAL SMUGG-NESS.

>>> SMUGG-NESS, RIGHT. BY THE WAY STAY TILL THE END

BECAUSE IT MAKES SOME EXCELLENT POINTS ABOUT HOW

UNDERPAID WOMAN ARE AROUND THE WORLD BUT THE

REST OF THE MOVIE WHICH TRIES TO DO THAT-

>>> NO THE ENDING ACTUALLY MAY BE THE BEST.

>>> REALLY DOESN'T.

>>> THE END CREDITS WERE THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE,

WHEN THEY SAY YOU KNOW THE TWENTY-EIGHT

RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD MAKE MORE

ACCUMULATIVELY THAN 3.8 BILLION OF THE POOREST PEOPLE.

>>> AND OFF THE BACKS OF THOSE 3.8.

>>> BUT LOOK THE STEVE COOGAN CHARACTER ISN'T

LIKABLE, HE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. THERE ARE

FLASHBACKS WHEN HE'S A BULLY, WHEN HE'S IN

SCHOOL. I MEAN, FOR HIS 60TH BIRTHDAY PARTY,

HE'S BUILDING A REPLICA OF THE COLOSSEUM IN ROME,

COMPLETE WITH AN ACTUAL LIVE LION.

>>> I WONDER HOW THAT GOES.

>>> YEAH, THERE'S A METAPHORICAL END WHICH I

THOUGHT WAS REALLY, NOT SO GOOD. I MEAN COOGAN'S FINE,

SO IS ISLA FISHER, IT'S THE SCRIPT THAT I HAD

A PROBLEM WITH. ALL RIGHT, MOVING ON. THERE'S A NEW

FILM IN THEATERS CALLED THE NIGHT CLERK. LISA.

>>> OKAY, ONE OF THE WEIRDER GENRE'S TO COME

OUT OF HOLLYWOOD IN THE RECENT YEARS IS THE

THRILLER THAT'S ANCHORED BY A PERSON WITH A

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDER. BE IT TOURETTE'S IN

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, OR AUTISM IN THE ACCOUNTANT,

AND NOW YOU CAN PUT THIS WEIRD MOVIE INTO THE MIX.

LIKE THE EXTREMELY UNORIGINAL TITLE SUGGESTS,

IT'S ABOUT A NIGHT CLERK, PLAYED BY TYE SHERIDAN,

WHO WITNESSES A MURDER THROUGH THE SPYWARE HE

USES TO WATCH THE HOTEL RESIDENTS. ESPECIALLY

WOMEN HE FINDS COMPELLING. SOUNDS CREEPY, IT IS.

BUT WORSE, THE FILM DOESN'T REALLY KNOW, ALSO DOESN'T

KNOW WHAT TONE TO TAKE. IS IT A MURDER-MYSTERY WITH

THE GREAT JOHN LEGUIZAMO, TOTALLY WASTED AS A

DETECTIVE, OR IS THIS AN EMPATHIC PORTRAIT OF A MAN

STRUGGLING TO CONNECT? THE ENDING ESPECIALLY MAKES

ZERO SENSE.

>>> I THINK IT'S VERY PROBLEMATIC THE WAY THIS

PROMOTES VOYEURISM AND THE MALE GAZE.

AND WATCHING ANA DE ARMAS' CHARACTER FALL FOR THIS

MALADJUSTED INCEL IN THE MAKING WAS INCREDIBLY

EERIE AND IT'S ALSO DISHEARTENING TO WATCH

THESE TALENTED ACTORS TRY TO ELEVATE THIS MATERIAL,

WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY AIMING TO BE HITCHCOCK-ING,

AND IT COMPLETELY MISSES THE MARK.

>>> SHE'S SO AMAZING IN KNIVES OUT, THAT THIS

FEELS LIKE A HUGE, HUGE STEP DOWN FOR HER. AND THE

AUDIENCE AS WELL. I'LL GIVE YOU THE REAL HEADLINE

HERE FROM ME IS THAT HE DOESN'T PLAY THE WHOLE

AFFLICTION WELL. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOVIE,

I'M NOT SURE HE REALLY DOES HAVE THIS. AND MAYBE-

>>> THE ASPERGER'S.

>>> THE ASPERGER'S AND MAYBE HE'S BEEN SORT OF-

>>> WHICH ISN'T EVEN WHAT IT IS ANYMORE.

>>> I KNOW THAT. THEY USE IT IN THE MOVIE.

>>> THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING, THAT'S A WORD THAT

ISN'T EVEN USED IN THE AUTISM COMMUNITY.

>>> WHILE YOU TWO GO GET CHEESECAKE, I'LL FINISH UP HERE.

SO WHAT I'M SAYING BASICALLY IS, THIS IS A

BIG MISFIRE AND IT'S GOT A HUGELY STUPID ENDING THAT

WILL HAVE PEOPLE GOING, WAIT, DID THAT HAPPEN OR

DID THAT HAPPEN?

>>> OKAY, THE ENDING IS SO BAD THAT I CALLED UP THE

PUBLICIST AFTER I SAW THIS MOVIE. AND ACTUALLY SAID,

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE ENDING TO ME AND THE

PUBLICIST COULDN'T DO IT. THEN I CALLED EACH ONE OF

YOU INDIVIDUALLY AND YOU COULDN'T EVEN EXPLAIN THE

ENDING TO ME. SO THE ENDING INVALIDATES THE

WHOLE MOVIE. THAT SAID, I DID ENJOY TYE SHERIDAN'S

PERFORMANCE. AND I THOUGHT THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S

DARKLY, VERY DARKLY COMEDIC MOMENTS IN THIS

BECAUSE HE HAS NO FILTER, BECAUSE HE HAS WHAT

THEY CALL IN THE MOVIE, ASPERGER'S. I MEAN,

HE WOULD GO UP TO AN OBESE PERSON AND SAY, YOU'RE

TOO FAT, YOU HAVE TO LOSE WEIGHT.

>>> THAT WAS A GOOD SCENE. >>> YOU KNOW YOU'RE GONNA

DIE OF HEART DISEASE. AND HE STARTS RATTLING OFF

LIKE RAIN MAN, A HUNDRED OTHER, LIKE, AFFLICTIONS

THAT CAN COME FROM OBESITY. AND THERE ARE

OTHER MOMENTS LIKE THAT, SO I WAS NEVER BORED,

IT HELD MY ATTENTION. BUT THE ENDING IS JUST SO LIKE,

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE THAT AGAIN, YOU KNOW, IT JUST KINDA-

>>> WE FORGOT HELEN HUNT AS THE MOM. HOW CAN YOU-

>>> WHAT HAPPENED TO HELEN HUNT?

>>> ANYWAYS, STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, STARS BILLY

CRYSTAL AS A DERMATOLOGIST WHO STRIKES UP AN UNUSUAL

FRIENDSHIP WITH A YOUNG STRUGGLING STAND-UP COMIC.

HERE'S A CLIP.

>>> PST, HEY ROLLINS RIGHT? IT'S ROLLINS? HEY. HOW YOU DOING?

>>> ARE YOU EVERYWHERE?

>>> I GET AROUND. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

>>> HONESTLY I DON'T EVEN KNOW.

>>> WOOOW. >>> WHAT?

>>> YOU KILLED RORY.

>>> I DIDN'T KILL RORY.

>>> THAT'S WHY YOU WERE STRESSED.

>>> WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>>> THAT'S YOUR HANDS ON HIS SHOULDER RIGHT BEFORE

YOU STRANGLED HIM!

>>> RORY DIED OF LEUKEMIA. HE DIED OF LEUKEMIA.

>>> ARE YOU HIGH?

>>> YEAH.

>>> BILL. TELL ME ABOUT IT.

>>> AFTER ALL THIS TIME SHOULDN'T BILLY CRYSTAL

KNOW WHAT A COMEDY IS WHEN HE READS IT? HE'S AN

ALCOHOLIC DERMATOLOGIST, SO HE LIKES A POP EVERY

NOW AND THEN. WELL HE BEFRIENDS STAND-UP COMIC

BEN SCHWARTZ, WHO IS TERRIFIC IN PARKS AND

RECREATION. HE'S A FAILED COMIC WHO HAS COME BACK TO

LIVE WITH HIS PARENTS IN LONG ISLAND, AND WE THROW

IN JILL HENNESSY FROM LAW AND ORDER, AND ONE OF

MERYL STREEP'S DAUGHTERS. AND THAT PRETTY WELL

ROUNDS OUT A TEDIOUS TALE OF SCHWARTZ TRYING TO GET

BACK INTO STAND-UP COMEDY AND CRYSTAL TRYING TO HELP

HIM GET BACK WITH HIS OLD GIRLFRIEND. IT SEEMS FUNNY

ON PAPER IN PLACES, IT'S NOT FUNNY.

>>> LISA.

>>> IT IS ALMOST REMARKABLE THAT SOMEONE

MANAGED TO MAKE SUCH A PATHOLOGICALLY UN-FUNNY

FILM ABOUT SUCH FUNNY MEN. AND I HONESTLY THINK THAT

THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT'S REMARKABLE ABOUT IT.

>>> JUSTINE.

>>> THINK THAT IN LESS CAPABLE HANDS IT WOULD

HAVE FALLEN A LOT FLATTER THAN IT DOES. BUT THE TWO

LEADS ARE CHARISMATIC ENOUGH THAT THEY PROVE

ENGAGING, AND THIS IS FROM A NEW DIRECTOR, MATT

RATNER. SO I AM ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING

WHAT HE DOES MOVING FORWARD. I THINK THERE'S

SOME PROMISE.

>>> MAYBE HOOKER WITH A HEART OF GOLD.

>>> I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING. I SAW THIS-

>>> I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM GET OUT OF

SHOW-BUSINESS.

>>> I SAW THIS MOVIE LAST APRIL, AT TRIBECCA.

>>> OKAY, YOU WIN.

>>> VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FILM, AND I WAS

EXPECTING IT TO BE MUCH BETTER ON A COMEDIC LEVEL,

BUT THEN I WATCHED IT AGAIN LAST NIGHT. AND WITH

NO EXPECTATIONS WHATSOEVER, I HAVE TO TELL YOU,

THE COMEDY PART STILL DOESN'T WORK SO WELL.

THEY THINK THEY'RE A LOT FUNNIER THAN THEY ARE.

FROM A DRAMATIC STAND-POINT, THERE WERE

SOME SCENES IN THIS THAT ACTUALLY DO WORK.

BILLY CRYSTAL WHO IS TRYING TO REUNITE WITH HIS ESTRANGED

SON, PLAYED BY NATE CORDDRY. AND HE'S LEAVING

THESE REALLY SAD VOICE MESSAGES ON HIS MACHINE,

THAT NOBODY'S LISTENING TO. HE SHOWS UP

UNEXPECTEDLY AT THAT SONS HOUSE. I MEAN THESE ARE

SOME POIGNANT SCENES AND THERE'S ALSO A RENDEZVOUS

THAT THE BEN SCHWARTZ CHARACTER HAS, WITH HIS

EX-GIRLFRIEND WHO IS NOW MARRIED. THAT'S KIND OF

INTERESTING. SO I THINK THE DRAMATIC STUFF KIND

OF WORKS NOW THAT I LOOKED AT IT ON A-

>>> I THINK YOU'RE GRADING ON A CURVE, BECAUSE THE

MOVIES ARE SO BAD THIS MONTH, HONESTLY.

>>> WELL I DON'T KNOW. AGAIN, I THINK THAT IF IT

STARTS STREAMING SOMEWHERE, YOU KNOW,

YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT.

>>> WHILE YOU KNIT.

>>> WELL, STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, FOLLOWS A

LONG LINE OF FILMS THAT LOOKS AT THE LIVES OF

STANDUP COMICS. THERE ARE A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM THAT

WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT. HERE'S A LOOK AT A FEW.

>>> ISN'T THAT GREAT I HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS

ON THE COMPUTER?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT?

UH, I'LL BE ON THE COMPUTER. THAT'S WHAT I DO.

>>> IT'S A GOOD THING. A LOT OF UP AND COMING

COMICS DO WARMUPS. IT'S A GREAT WAY TO START OUT!

>>> DARLING, I'M NOT STARTING OUT.

I'M FINISHING UP. THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE, NOTHING ON

ME IS UP AND COMING, I'LL TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW.

>>> GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. LET ME

INTRODUCE MYSELF, MY NAME IS RUPERT PUMPKIN. I WAS

BORN IN CLIFTON, NEW JERSEY. WHICH WAS NOT AT

THAT TIME A FEDERAL OFFENSE.

>>> YOU ARE FUNNY. YOU SHOULD BE DOING STANDUP.

>>> BUT WHAT, WHAT WOULD I DO?

>>> I'M NOT NO PIMP, I AIN'T GOT NO STABLE HOES.

I JUST CREATED A CHARACTER.

>>> HIT ME WITH A STAND-UP COMEDY FILM,

>>> THE BIG SICK, WHICH STARS KUMAIL NANJANI,

AND ITS ACTUALLY CO-WRITTEN BY HIM AND HIS WIFE EMILY V.

GORDON AND IT'S ABOUT HOW WHEN THEY FIRST MET AND HE

WAS A STRUGGLING STAND-UP, SHE ENDED UP IN A COMA AND

IT'S HOW HE BONDED WITH HER FAMILY WHILE SHE WAS

UNCONSCIOUS, DESPITE THEIR CULTURAL DIFFERENCES.

IT'S REALLY HEARTWARMING.

>>> IT'S A NUTTY COMA-COMEDY.

>>> ITS REALLY GOOD. I THINK IT WAS ACTUALLY THE

BEST ROM-COM OF THAT YEAR TOO.

>>> VERY GOOD MOVIE. >>> LOVE IT.

>>> ALL RIGHT, BILL.

>>> I LOVE EDDIE MURPHY, AS WE ALL DO, IN DOLEMITE

IS MY NAME, AND YOU CAN STILL WATCH IT ON NETFLIX

RIGHT NOW, SO I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT.

WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS FILM AD NAUSEAM, IT'S A SNUB FOR

EDDIE MURPHY. THE WOMAN WHO DID THE COSTUMES GOT

SNUBBED AT THE OSCARS. IT'S ABOUT A REAL COMEDIAN

BY THE NAME OF RUDY RAY MOORE, WHO WAS KIND OF AN

UNDER THE RADAR FOR MOST AUDIENCES. BUT VERY

WELL KNOWN IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CIRCLES. AND WAS

KIND OF A HERO THAT MADE A MOVIE, WITHIN A MOVIE IS

BASICALLY THE PLOT OF THIS THING, AND IT'S JUST A

REALLY JOYFUL RIDE.

>>> ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE YEAR,

OLD EDDIE MURPHY, LIKE THE WAY WE USED TO LOVE HIM,

IS BACK AND WRITTEN BY THE GUYS WHO DID ED WOOD AND

THERE'S A LOT OF SIMILARITIES IN THOSE TWO FILMS.

ALRIGHT I'M GONNA GO WITH A MOVIE THAT WAS

MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR IN 2009 WHEN IT CAME OUT,

CALLED FUNNY PEOPLE. THERE ARE VERY FEW MOVIES

THAT GET THE STANDUP WORLD RIGHT, AND THIS ONE DOES.

ADAM SANDLER PLAYS A FAMOUS COMEDIAN AND FINDS

OUT THAT HE MIGHT BE DYING OF A RARE BLOOD DISEASE

AND HE SEEKS OUT HIS LONG LOST LOVE, PLAYED BY

LESLIE MANN. IT WAS DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY

JUDD APATOW, WHO KNOWS THE COMEDY THEME AND THAT'S

WHY THIS IS SO ON THE MONEY, AND YOU KNOW,

I THINK IT'S NOT ONLY SMART AND HILARIOUS, IT ALSO HAS

AN EMOTIONAL RESONANCE TO IT.

>>> I ALWAYS SAY THIS WAS JUDD APATOW'S, JOHN

CASSAVETES MOVIE. LIKE, ITS LONG. IT SORT OF

SHOULDN'T WORK BUT SOMEHOW IT WORKS REALLY WELL.

>>> THE WHOLE BACKSTORY OF SETH ROGEN ACTUALLY

WRITING COMEDIC MATERIAL FOR ADAM SANDLER AND

JETTISON HIS BUDDY JONAH HILL, IS RIGHT OUT OF THE

STANDUP WORLD, YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT JUDD APATOW

GETS THIS WORLD RIGHT, PROBABLY BETTER THAN

ANYONE ELSE, AND I'LL GO TO SEE ANYTHING THAT HAS

STAND-UP AND HIS NAME ON IT.

>>> I LIKE KING OF COMEDY, THE CLASSIC, BRILLIANT

FILM FROM MARTIN SCORSESE, WHERE ROBERT DE NIRO PLAYS

RUPERT PUPKIN, A DISTURBED ASPIRING COMEDIAN WHO'LL

DO ANYTHING IN THE WORLD TO GET HIS BIG BREAK ON A

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW, THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE

TONIGHT SHOW, EXCEPT THAT JERRY LEWIS IS THE HOST OF

THE SHOW, AND THAT INCLUDES KIDNAPPING JERRY

LEWIS AND IF YOU WANNA LIKE BOOK END THIS

PARTICULAR MOVIE, AND IT'S A MASTERPIECE OF A MOVIE,

YOU GO SEE, YOU SEE JOKER, WHERE JOAQUIN PHOENIX IS A

LUNATIC STANDUP COMIC, WHO WANTS TO NOW BE ON THAT

LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW. AND NOW DE NIRO INSTEAD OF

BEING THE COMIC, IS THE TALK SHOW HOST SO-

>>> YOU LEFT OUT WHAT A

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE SANDRA BERNHARD HAD IN

THIS AND A BREAKOUT, BREAKOUT FOR HER.

>>> I ALWAYS SAY TO PEOPLE, WHEN THEY ASK ME

WHAT I THINK OF JOKER, I'M LIKE, JUST GO SEE KING

OF COMEDY. INSIDE THAT MOVIE, THERE'S ACTUALLY A

BRILLIANT LOOK AT VULNERABILITY. WHEREAS TO ME,

JOKER IS JUST A PALATE IMITATION AND ALSO A

PATHETIC RATIONALIZATION OF WHITE MALE RAGE.

>>> WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT, AND I LOVED IT,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE KING OF COMEDY, WHY WOULD ROBERT

DE NIRO COME BACK MANY YEARS LATER IN 2016 AND

MAKE A LOUSY MOVIE ABOUT A COMEDIAN, CALLED THE

COMEDIAN WITH TAYLOR HACKFORD. LISTEN TO THIS,

IT'S GOT DE NIRO, IT'S GOT LESLIE MANN WHO WE JUST

TALKED ABOUT A MOMENT AGO, AS THE ROMANTIC INTEREST

HERE. HE'S AN INSULT COMIC. IT'S WRITTEN BY A

FRIEND OF OURS JEFFREY ROSS WHOSE A REALLY GOOD

ONE. HE WAS ONE OF THE SCREEN WRITERS, ALONG WITH

RICHARD LAGRAVENESE, WHO IS AN AMAZING SCREENWRITER.

AND AS I SAID, TAYLOR HACKFORD DIRECTING AND YET

THIS TO ME IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL. I CANNOT

RECOMMEND IT LESS.

>>> HE'S FASCINATED DE NIRO BY THE STANDUP COMEDY

WORLD, I MEAN-

>>> I THINK SO.

>>> AND YET HE'S NOT THAT NATURALLY FUNNY.

>>> WELL, PUNCHLINE IS ANOTHER MOVIE.

>>> I THINK THAT DOES, IT'S SAVING GRACE IS THAT

IT DOES GIVE YOU A REALLY INTERESTING LOOK INTO THE

NEW YORK STANDUP SCENE IN THE 80'S. TOM HANKS IS A

BUDDING COMEDIAN AND HE TAKES A HOUSE WIFE, PLAYED

BY SALLY FIELD WHO WANTS TO GET INTO THAT WORLD,

UNDER HIS WING AND I THINK THERE ARE SOME MOVING

ELEMENTS TO IT, EVEN IF IT IS-

>>> I THINK IT'S THE WORST MOVIE ABOUT STANDUP COMEDY

EVER MADE.

>>> THANK YOU.

>>> AND IT DOESN'T EVEN LIKE, REFLECT ANY REALITY

TO THE STAND-UP COMEDY WORLD, AND IT WAS SO

DISAPPOINTING WHEN IT CAME OUT IN 1988, BECAUSE THERE

WERE NOT A LOT OF STAND-UP COMEDY MOVIES AT THAT

PARTICULAR POINT.

>>> BUT THERE WERE COMICS WHO LIKE WEIGHED IN ON

THIS THING AND ACTUALLY HELPED THEM BEHIND THE

SCENE, INCLUDING TAYLOR NEGRON AND SOME OTHER VERY

GIFTED COMICS, BUT LET ME JUST SAY THIS ABOUT THE

80'S AND COMEDY, THERE WAS NO LOCKER ROOM IN ANY OF

THE COMEDY CLUBS. THEY PORTRAYED THOSE PLACES

LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A COUNTRY CLUB, IT WASN'T

ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

>>> I ACTUALLY LOVE WATCHING THIS MOVIE,

BECAUSE IT'S SO LIKE TOTALLY UN-FUNNY THAT IT'S

ACTUALLY DELICIOUS TO WATCH, LIKE IT'S THE WORST

PERFORMANCE TOM HANKS EVER GAVE IN HIS LIFE AND FOR

THAT I AM FASCINATED.

>>> OKAY, WELL, I LIKE TOP FIVE FROM 2014.

>>> YEAH, BECAUSE YOU'RE IN IT.

>>> YES I AM.

>>> IT'S CHEATING. >>> BOO! BOO!

>>> ASIDE FROM ME BEING IN IT, CHRIS ROCK

PLAYS THIS FORMER STAND-UP COMEDIAN WHO IS NOW IN

THIS HORRIBLE FRANCHISE FILM SERIES CALLED, HAMMY THE

BEAR AND NOW HE WANTS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND DO

A DRAMATIC MOVIE CALLED UPRISE. ASIDE FROM ME

BEING IN IT, ADAM SANDLER IS IN IT, AND CEDRIC THE

ENTERTAINER IS IN IT, AND ROSARIO DAWSON IS IN IT.

AND HERE, TAKE A LOOK AT ME IN IT RIGHT NOW.

>>> YOUR UPCOMING MARRIAGE IS GETTING MORE PRESS THAN

THIS MOVIE. I MEAN, I'M WATCHING LIKE TELEVISION,

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT THAT. NOBODY'S

TALKING ABOUT THIS.

>>> CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE MOVIE?

>>> WE DID THAT, REALLY?

>>> WHAT'S REALLY WEIRD ABOUT THIS IS, I PLAYED A

JOURNALIST AT A PRESS DAY, THAT YOU JUST SAW-

>>> HOW'D YOU PULL JOURNALIST OFF?

>>> INTERVIEWING CHRIS ROCK PLAYING A FICTITIOUS

COMIC, THEN I DID THE ACTUAL PRESS DAY OF THE

MOVIE, "TOP FIVE" WHERE I'M MYSELF, AND I'M

INTERVIEWING CHRIS ROCK AS HIMSELF, TALKING ABOUT THE

MOVIE. IT WAS A, WHAT'S THE WORD, META THAT YOU USED-

>>> META, META, META.

>>> WHAT DO THE KIDS SAY? META.

>>> WHAT DO THOSE KIDS SAY IN ENGLISH THEORY CLASSES?

>>> SO THEY'RE TALKING OSCAR ON THIS THING,

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

>>> AHH, PLEASE NEIL. COME ON.

>>> NO, I'M TALKING ABOUT MY PERFORMANCE.

>>> YES! YOUR PERFORMANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE IS

OSCAR WORTHY.

>>> WHEN WE DID THIS MOVIE WE IMPROVISED FOR LIKE

TWENTY MINUTES, AND I WAS KIND OF LIKE, ACTING AS

THE STRAIGHT MAN. I WAS SETTING YOU UP WITH LINES

AND YOU HAD A LOT OF FUNNY RESPONSES. AND WHEN I SAW

THE MOVIE, NONE OF THOSE RESPONSES MADE IT INTO

THE MOVIE.

>>> THERE'S BASICALLY TWO CUTS OF THE MOVIE,

AND WHEN WE FIGURED OUT THAT WHEN YOU TAKE OUT THE

SILLIER THINGS THE MOVIE GOT BETTER. SO YEAH

THERE'S A LOT OF REAL FUNNY STUFF WITH US

BEING INTERVIEWED, BUT IT WAS JUST TOO SILLY,

SOME OF IT. IT'S LIKE YEAH, WHO'S GONNA SING AT THE

WEDDING? LETS SEE, COOL AND THE GANG, DESTINY'S CHILD,

WITH BOTH BEYONC É'S, LIKE-

>>> LISA, I'M GOING TO LET

YOU TALK ABOUT A MOVIE THAT WE BOTH LOVE!

>>> ALL ABOUT NINA! OKAY, IN FULL DISCLOSURE I THINK

THIS IS MORE COMPELLING AS A STUDY OF RECOVERY THAN A

GENUINELY FUNNY FILM. BUT IT IS BASED IN THE COMEDIC

WORLD AND IT LOOKS AT HOW WE TRANSFORM PAIN INTO

PERFORMANCE. WITH A STUNNING TURN BY THE GREAT

MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD, WHO PLAYS A WOMAN WHO

I DON'T, TO REALLY SAY-

>>> SHE SHOULD HAVE WON AN OSCAR FOR THAT

PERFORMANCE.

>>> OR AT LEAST BEEN NOMINATED. I MEAN,

SHE'S STRUGGLING WITH SOMETHING, WHICH WOULD BE

A BIG REVEAL TO SAY, BUT SUFFICE IT TO SAY IT'S REALLY

ABOUT HOW TRAUMA GETS TRANSFORMED INTO HUMOR.

>>> AND HOW COMEDIC, OR ANY KIND OF CAREER CAN GET

IN THE WAY OF A ROMANTIC INVOLVEMENT. SHE'S LIKE

WITH A GUY-

>>> I THINK IT'S HER TRAUMA THAT'S GETTING IN

THE WAY IN THIS FILM.

>>> I DON'T KNOW, I DIDN'T BUY THE COMEDY 100 PERCENT.

>>> NO, NO, NO.

>>> I DIDN'T THINK IT GOT IT COMPLETELY RIGHT, BUT I

UNDERSTAND WHY YOU GUYS LIKE THIS MOVIE, I LIKE,

DON'T LOVE IT.

>>> SHE'S BRILLIANT, COMMON'S TERRIFIC, IT WAS

MY NUMBER ONE MOVIE IN 2018 WHEN IT GOT RELEASED.

>>> WELL I REST MY CASE.

>>> IT'S ON NETFLIX RIGHT NOW. IF YOU HAVE NETFLIX,

I URGE YOU TO WATCH THIS FILM. YOU KNOW, I SAID

THAT THE BEST MOVIE WAS FUNNY PEOPLE THAT LOOKED

AT CONTEMPORARY STAND-UP COMEDY. THE BEST MOVIE

THAT LOOKS AT ALL TIME 1950'S BORSCHT BELT COMEDY IS

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT WHERE BILLY CRYSTAL PLAYS BUDDY YOUNG JR.

AND WE SEE THE WHOLE TRAJECTORY OF THIS GUY'S

LIFE WHEN HE STARTS OUT LIKE IN VAUDEVILLE AND

THEN, YOU KNOW, HE ACTUALLY MAKES IT TO THE TOP.

HE GETS HIS OWN TV SHOW IN THE 50'S,

A NETWORK TELEVISION SHOW, AND THEN IN THE END HE'S

KIND OF RESORTED TO PLAYING NURSING HOMES IN

FLORIDA WHEN HE'S AN OLD GUY. DAVID PAYMER GOT AN

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION AS HIS BROTHER. AND THEN

THERE'S A LITTLE TWIST IN THE END WHERE HE HAS A

CHANCE TO MAKE A COMEBACK WHEN A FAMOUS DIRECTOR

WANTS TO POSSIBLY PUT HIM IN A FILM.

>>> I CAN'T IMAGINE PEOPLE WILL GET THAT FAR,

I STILL WAITED FOR THE END.

>>> AND IT'S GOING TO POSSIBLY BE A BROADWAY

MUSICAL WITH BILLY CRYSTAL AT THE HELM AND-

>>> LORD, SAVE US ALL.

>>> BILLY CRYSTAL'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT.

>>> I HOPE IT'S BETTER THAN STANDING UP, SITTING DOWN.

>>> ALL RIGHT, THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME MOVIES

SET IN THE WORLD OF STAND-UP COMEDY.

AND THAT'S ABOUT ALL THE TIME WE HAVE. I WANT TO THANK

LISA ROSMAN, I WANT TO THANK BILL MCCUDDY, I WANT

TO THANK JUSTINE BROWNING. I'M NEIL ROSEN, JOIN US

NEXT TIME ON TALKING PICTURES.

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