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Sarah Silverman - Jesus is Magic (2005)

Sarah Silverman , Brian Posehn , Liam Lynch  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Laura Silverman, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Agee
  • Directors: Liam Lynch
  • Writers: Sarah Silverman
  • Producers: Grant Jue, Heidi Herzon, Mark Williams, Randy Sosin
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Interscope Records
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000F1IO3O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sarah Silverman - Jesus is Magic" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Sarah Silverman and director Liam Lynch
  • "Behind the Scenes with Sarah" featurette
  • Sarah's performance from The Aristocrats
  • "Give the Jew Girl Toys" Music Video

Editorial Reviews

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic, the movie, is the year’s most outrageous comedy starring the funniest, sexy woman in America today - Sarah Silverman. Sarah delivers her trademark comedy that is so outrageous you have to watch her film over and over again. Available only in its original unrated, uncut theatrical version.

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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh riot January 19, 2006
"Jesus is Magic" is one of the funniest films I've ever seen in my life. I laughed almost constantly throughout the whole thing, and so did my friend and everyone else in the small theater I saw it in.

Essentially a concert film, "Jesus is Magic" also features a handful of musical numbers and "mockumentary" style scenes. You could make the argument that the musical numbers really weren't necessary, since Sarah's stand-up is so shockingly, insanely funny. But without the musical numbers, I would have missed out on Sarah singing "You're gonna die soon" to a group of senior citizens in a nursing home, or her holding the microphone up to her different orafices, all of which have different voices.

What I love about Sarah is that her comedy doesn't really seem to have any kind of agenda, other than to make you laugh hysterically as she constantly humiliates every ridiculous thing about our society.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I happen to think Sarah Silverman is a very talented comedienne, and an eminently entertaining performer. Her deadly serious delivery of the most outrageously offensive material is her trademark. She conveys a certain sweetness and naivete, even as the most horrible things come out of her mouth. She can be provocative, controversial, button-pushing and brilliant. She is super intelligent and her social commentary, couched in very un-PC jokes, can be biting and relevant.

That said, I don't think "Jesus is Magic" is as wholly successful a film as I would have liked. Most of the standup material is good and biting--but be forewarned, it's adult stuff. If this were a concert film, I'd have been more inclined to a 4 or 4 1/2 star rating. Whether or not you think someone is funny is often a matter of personal taste and I like Silverman. There are plenty of other people who have made it huge that I have never thought were very interesting.

The more problematic aspects of this film, for me, is where she ventures into "bits." There are a couple of staged music video type numbers. Now, I love a good musical interlude as much as the next person and I was thrilled when these segments began. However, while there may have been a funny line or hook--the songs ultimately become repetitive and play out as one-note jokes. There also some backstage skits. Again, these provide some minor amusement but don't necessarily enhance the film.

If you're a Silverman fan, obviously you're going to watch this. If you like intelligently offensive comedy, I'd recommend this as well. As a Silverman supporter, I am hoping her next venture will be a little more cohesive. KGHarris, 10/06.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please enter a title for your review October 7, 2006
Sarah Silverman takes comedy to a whole new level that makes everything else seem stale and conservative. She's a rare breed of comedian who, like Tom Green and Andy Kaufman, is more interested in consistently surprising her audience than in developing a rapport with them.
Most of her act involves making wide-eyed naive statements which treat irrational, and often offensive, beliefs as second nature and leave it up to you to conclude what the irrational belief behind the statement is, but she always finds a way to express it through using the kind of banal anecdotal approach a lot of comedians use to set up their jokes, so it catches you off-guard while also parodying conventional stand-up technique.
She does use shock value, but she has a uniquely clever way with twist punchlines. Like that one joke she does about licking jelly off her boyfriend. She starts out with the dirty part, and then uses the clean part, the common phrase the dirty part is playing off of ("oh my god i'm turning into my mother"), as the punchline. I think that's unprecedented. I mean tell me any other dirty joke with a twist punchline by any other comedian which starts out with the dirty part and uses the clean part as the punchline.
The comedic value of her material is really in the irrationality of the ideas she expresses. Like she has this one old bit which is like "I don't like going out to dance clubs. It's very embarassing for me. Because I tapdance." Most of her more recent offensive material works the same way, throwing in a twist punchline which reveals an amusingly irrational perspective, but the offensive material is open to a more superficial interpretation which disregards the cleverness of the context and sees her appeal as being merely her willingness to be outrageous.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I am a Sarah Siverman fan as she is one of very few comics, especially female, to let it all hang out and see what happens. Her dark humor may be very insulting to those who are easilt offended, but to me the more un-pc that she is, the funnier I find her.

While I did not see this with high expectations as I am not a huge fan of stand-up acts (which is what this piece is at its core), even those werer not fully met. Sarah is cute, funny, and her play on words would have made for a good 20 minute short. Instead we get over an hour of songs, skits, and other filler, to try and give it some air by getting out off the stage. Some stuff works, some works for a while, and some is just not funny.

If you are a fan, rent it and watch it with other Sarah fans, and you'll have on OK time. Now that Margaret Cho has become almost an irrelevant one trick pony, Sarah is one of the few truly funny females around who mixes it up. If anyone saw the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and found her funny, you could do much worse than seeing this as most "comedy" movies are just not very funny. Humor is hard work and Sarah is an impish little marvel who I'd love to see in a more fully realized vehicle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars TV special standard
When Sarah Silverman is good, she's on a level with the best stand-ups in the business. As a fan, her inconsistency is deeply frustrating. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Loretta Dentressangle
Published 7 months ago by T.E. WILLIAMSON
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD was in mint condition
Sarah Silverman is an excellent actress. She my favorite actress.
Her approach to acting is unmatched to other actress.
Very honest and comical!
Published 9 months ago by Edwin H Nagata
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining
I loved Sarah Silverman in Wreck it Ralph, so I looked for other appearances. I was disappointed. I knew from other reviews that her humor was vulger, but she is just not that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Phil EnStein
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter smut!
This is a sick twisted evil woman right here.Sarah Silverman may be a very beautiful woman on the outside,but inside she is ugly and full of maggots. Read more
Published 18 months ago by SideshowBob
5.0 out of 5 stars wet your pants laughing
This has got to be one of the funniest sarah silverman shows yet, it starts of in her apartment her sister laura, and brian are talking about what they have been doing the last few... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kevin W. Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Comedy as Self-Medicated Therapy
The first rule of comedy: Be Funny

Sarah S. shows some cleverness. Problem is she is first a self-indulgent Jewish shock comedienne and then a performer. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by Miguel Delgadillo
1.0 out of 5 stars not true widescreen; cropped picture
The aspect ratio is messed up on the dvd (or how it displays on my dvd player). It says widescreen on the box but this is full screen and the main titles/credits are cut off the... Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by blakjak
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverman is Gold
What can I say - this movie is Fantastic. Everything Sarah does is 5 Star and this Movie lives up to that rating. This Girl is Prime Time- a real GEM. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Vincent A. Petraglia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Funniest female comic of our time. Nothing is off limits with this woman and Jesus is Magic proves that! Loved it.
Published on January 29, 2012 by J. Summers
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