Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
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This documentary received rave reviews when it debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" is a fantastic, engaging film about an extremely driven man at a crossroads in his professional life.
Apart from a couple of questions posed to Conan throughout the film, there is no audio commentary/voice-over from Rodman Flender. The footage speaks for itself, and the camera-work is intimate without feeling invasive. The film includes some footage of the actual tour performances, but the vast majority of the documentary is focused behind-the-scenes, and takes us on a complete journey of the tour: from the first tweet announcing the release of tickets to the final show in Atlanta. Along the way, we see Conan perform at every opportunity, even on his days off. We see a man unable to resist meeting and entertaining his fans even when he seems at times to barely have the energy to stand up. We see his interactions with his staff and crew, including sidekick Andy Richter (their genuine friendship over and above their comedic rapport is abundantly clear). The film also includes some heart-warming moments with Conan's family.
All in all, for 89 minutes, this film showcases the real life of a talented, intense performer and man, including the ups and downs and the hilarity and the tired crankiness. A very entertaining, honest and eye-opening film.
The tour moments are fun, especially the backstage bits. During the Radio City Music Hall show, we see Conan, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert backstage preparing their skit a mere 9 minutes before they go onstage and perform it. We really see the creativity that went into this tour and they pulled it off nicely. There are moments after the shows where he complains about not wanting to meet fans, but he does it anyways. He definitely shows much appreciation for them and all of their support.
We get to see a darker side of Conan in the film. At one point, he teases Jack McBrayer, calling him a hick and even making up a song on the spot that's very dark, yet I found myself laughing. Who wouldn't be able to go into a darker place after losing one of the biggest television shows of all time? Honestly the film made me love Conan even more. Even though he does act somewhat mean at times, his amazing team still sticks with him. He has such a wonderful group of people supporting him. There are some really nice moments of him with long time friend and sidekick, Andy Richter. You can really tell that they will always be there for each other. Also I have to give credit to Sona Movsesian, Conan's assistant, who handles him well at some pretty rough times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not what you would watch if you don't pay attention to him, but I find him adorable, so it works for me. He's known to be a good guy, and he clearly tolerates a lot. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stacey Elack
It was okay. There were many segments that were not entertaining and could have been edited out.Published 7 months ago by Debbie
Although Conan O'Brien is loved by many, he is only a man. Not a superhero. Can't Stop does an excellent job of portraying the funny man as a person beset by a huge crisis of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Art
Fascinating look at an artist more multi-talented than I ever imagined. This film is about his comedy tour launched in answer to Conan being contractually forbidden from appearing... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shopping Spice
I've never seen Mr. O'Brien neither his show nor stand up. Unfortunately, this film is not a stand up routine but a random selection of offerings from Mr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. A. Petro
If you're a Conan fan then this is a must watch. If you're interested in the "life of an entertainer on tour" then this is a good watch. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JoeParks
Overall, an enjoyable peak behind the scenes and a showcase of Conan's multiple talents.Published 8 months ago by Lawrence Liberty