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Entertainment

Studio: Magnolia
Directed by Rick Alverson

Nov 10, 2015 Web Exclusive
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Comedian Neil Hamburger, like director Rick Alverson, is probably most often described to the uninitiated as “not for everyone.” This isn’t because of their work going over the audience’s head; they aim lower, like a gut punch. Both can do serious damage.

Their new showbiz satire, Entertainment, finds Gregg Turkington playing a barely-veiled version of Hamburger, his longtime stage persona, on a tour of bars and prisons. In between spirit-crushing gigs, he parties with David Yow, delivers a baby in a restroom, and leaves increasingly desperate voicemails for a daughter that either can’t or won’t talk to him. It’s unrelentingly bleak and wildly funny.

Alverson continues to zero in on the most brutal tendencies of contemporary comedy (as he did in The Comedy), and Turkington’s performance finds a balance between confrontational and despairing in a way that evokes what Oscar Isaac as Llewyn Davis or Adam Sandler in Funny People would have looked like had they been even more willing to stare into the abyss. Props also to John C. Reilly as a clueless businessman and Tye Sheridan as a fellow performer, embodying the worst aspects of entitled audiences and pandering entertainers. Entertainment may not be for everyone, but everyone should really find out for himself.

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Author rating: 7.5/10

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anon
November 11th 2015
12:15pm

This kind of existential damage in the face of soulless schlock is always entertaining and resonant. Downright medicinal.
I’ll actually pay to see this…

Gabdig
December 17th 2015
6:04am

Nice Trailer.