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Road Hard (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 6 March 2015 (USA)
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Following an expensive divorce and the cancellation of his TV show, a stand-up comic is forced to go back on the road to provide for his daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Clarke ... Dickey
Jonathan Klein ... Sludge
Adam Carolla ... Bruce Madsen
Jim O'Heir ... Mark Davis
Windell Middlebrooks ... Reggie
Jay Mohr ... Jack Taylor
Sarah Halford ... Becky
Natalie Jordan Messing Natalie Jordan Messing ... Harper
Cynthy Wu ... Tina Madsen
David Koechner ... Chad
David Alan Grier ... Michael Gerard
Emalee Burditt ... Waitress
Philip Rosenthal ... Phil
Heather Paige Cohn ... Jody
Aria London Aria London ... Olivia
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Storyline

After his movie and television career has run dry, Bruce Madsen (Adam Carolla) is forced to go back on the road playing one dingy comedy club after another, spending endless nights in budget hotel rooms and always flying coach. Amidst trying to revitalize his career, rekindle his love life and put his daughter through college, Bruce knows one thing for sure - he must get off the road. ROAD HARD is the story of that journey. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Трудная дорога See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,943, 8 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$105,943, 8 March 2015
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Sontalia See more »
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Color
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Trivia

"Sontalia", the production company created for this movie, is a portmanteau of Adam Carolla's twins, Sonny (Santino) and Natalia. See more »

Goofs

After Bruce and Kim discuss Tina's college in the garage, Bruce turns on the table saw, but the blade doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Madsen: You want me to warm up your audience?
Jack Taylor: Of course, I'd be honored. Audience warm-up guys make a lot of money, Bruce.
Bruce Madsen: You want me to be your fluffer, Jack? That's fucking humiliating! I can't believe this is how you look at me.
Jack Taylor: I don't look at you that way, Bruce, that's how the business looks at you.
Bruce Madsen: Then fuck the business.
Jack Taylor: I don't get you man. You think this business is like a "Punt, Pass, and Kick" competition where all that matters is being funnier than everybody else.
Bruce Madsen: Isn't that what it's ...
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Soundtracks

See Your Face
Performed by Marc Weber
On the Album The Side of Me
Copyright Marc Weber music - 2011
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The long and winding road
27 July 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Adam Carolla co-wrote, co-directed and stars as Bruce Madsen. A comedian who made it big with a hit sitcom but since it ended, he is back on the road playing small clubs while his former partner is a successful talk show host.

Bruce lives in the garage of his former marital home. His ex wife does not like him being in her house even to visit their adopted daughter who is looking to go to college. Bruce is happy in the garage, he spent more time there when he was married doing woodwork.

Bruce is funny, his humour is acerbic. Bruce knows this and he sees himself as being funnier than a lot of comedians that are on television. However as his very successful ex comedy partner Jack Taylor (Jay Mohr) reminds him that Bruce did not play the game to stay at the top. Being funny is not enough to sustain a showbiz career.

Road Hard is a bittersweet comedy looking at life of a comedian who is past his prime. It actually is funny in a low key way. Obviously Carolla has seen guys like Bruce or he might even be Bruce himself. However Carolla is not a strong enough actor here, his character comes across as one note. It is also hard to sympathise with his character. Bruce's agent (Larry Miller) and friends are correct that if only he kissed some butt and played the game, he would be more successful.


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