The Unbookables is a narrative documentary about stand-up comics who have spent their careers pushing limits--on stage and off. Relegated to small venues and touring in a crappy van through...
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Doug Stanhope performs live in his hometown of Bisbee, Arizona, tackling an assortment of hard-hitting issues, from caring for the mentally-ill, to Vietnam vets, being locked up abroad and ... See full summary »
Doug Stanhope has traveled the world and made himself a real comedian's comedian. Check him out with Brendon Walsh, Morgan Murphy, and Glenn Wool in this comedy special shot during Austin, TX's South by Southwest.
The Unbookables is a narrative documentary about stand-up comics who have spent their careers pushing limits--on stage and off. Relegated to small venues and touring in a crappy van through the Midwest they careen between the desire to succeed and the reality that there may be nothing left to lose. Road life is far from glamorous: comics come and go and cruel pranks and hard drinking punctuate their obsidian dark comedy on stage. They succeed and fail-spectacularly. When they face being fired for going too far on stage, the conflict culminates in a showdown: compromise or double down?Written by
If you know these guys, this is exactly what you want/expect
However, if you aren't familiar with any of the cast, or Doug Stanhopes podcast, do some homework first. Without being formally introduced to these characters, this might leave you baffled.
Let me qualify my rating. 1-3/10 = not a movie or unwatchable. 4-5/10 disliked. 6/10 liked wouldn't recommend. 7/10 would recommend, 8/10 highly recommend, 9/10 near perfect, 10/10 perfect .
I gave this a 9/10 because I would recommend this to anyone, and this delivers on every level it intends to. This cast of misfit comedians are great - they are foul mouthed degenerates, but you very much get the sense that these are human beings with their own struggles, and that they have more fun then any reasonable person could allow themselves to.
James Inman and Andy Andrist are highlights, but every single one of these guys got a laugh out of me one way or the other. It's also refreshing to see a genuine group of comedians treat comedy as a lifestyle and not a business venture.
The editing and camera work is terrible (as expected, this is a fly on the wall style flick), and any sense of narrative just seems to be coincidental. This does work in the films favor, adding a feeling of legitimacy. These fights and events arent staged, that's for sure.
in short - this movie is a train wreck, just like the people that made it, and if you know these guys, you know exactly what you're in for. Watch it with a few friends who are also fans, and pour some drinks.
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