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Entertainment (2015)

R | | Drama | 13 November 2015 (USA)
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En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

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Rick Alverson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Turkington ... The Comedian
John C. Reilly ... Cousin John
Tye Sheridan ... Eddie the Opener
Lotte Verbeek ... The Chromotherapist
Amy Seimetz ... Woman in Bar
Michael Cera ... Tommy
Annabella Lwin Annabella Lwin ... Airplane Tour Guide
Mike Hickey Mike Hickey ... The Heckler
Craig Holland Craig Holland ... Oil Field Tour Guide
Juventino Martin Juventino Martin ... Gael
Sergio Estrada Sergio Estrada ... Alejandro
Susan Cernas Susan Cernas ... Alejandro's Daughter Maria
Kevin Guthrie ... Ghost Town Tour Guide
Fabian Euresti Fabian Euresti ... Orange Grove Worker (as Fabian Euresti Sr)
Tonantzin Carmelo ... Teresa
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En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

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Laughter on the road to nowhere!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, crude sexual material, a disturbing image and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entertainment See more »

Filming Locations:

Ridgecrest, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,132, 15 November 2015

Gross USA:

$55,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,506
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2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Gregg Turkington plays a version of his stage persona, Neil Hamburger. See more »

Quotes

The Comedian: Why don't rapists eat at T.G.I. Friday's? Well, it's hard to rape with a stomachache.
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A washed up depressed comedian aiming for disaster
31 May 2017 | by niklassawstromSee all my reviews

There is no end to the main characters misery in "Entertainment". It is uncertain to me whether the writers and filmmakers are aiming for a portrait of a beaten dog worth some compassion or a predator feeding on himself and everyone around him, as every well meaning word and action in his direction is ironically swallowed whole followed by a quenched belch. I'm having a hard time finding any love for him at all but am forced to see the story through. In the spirit of Brecht, this comedian have the choice to quit, face reality and stop being the hero that saves the day. But of course, it wouldn't be brechtian for him to do so. That choice is up to me and you. How low can you go and keep on not laughing? And when that laugh comes, is it the cleansing sound of a soul, or the croaking of crows on a corpse? This is tricky: the rating depends upon how aware the producers of "Entertainment" are of it's message. I don't know them personally so I can't be the judge of that, but I hope they give a F*** about the moral of the choice. Otherwise, this movie is just one more self loathing, self pitying, sexist and childishly narcissistic wet nightmare from a masochistic comedian of the male sex, caught in his own cynical material; artsy in the bad sense. But even so, this movie is a perfect kick-off for an interesting discussion.


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