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In this hyper-intelligent comedy, a journeyman comedian is lured to L.A. by a TV producer (J.K. Simmons, Whiplash) who wants to make him a reality star. As reality sets in, he must decide whether his legacy will be to tell jokes for a living or become the butt of them. With an all-star cast including Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Doug Stanhope, and more, PUNCHING HENRY is a hilarious and heartwarming glimpse behind the curtain at the weird world of comedy.
Deleted Scenes: "Threesome" Song, The Folksinger
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Language: English (original)
Subtitles: English SDH
...funny enough to prove compelling yet tender enough to wrack your nerves when everything goes wrong. --LA Weekly
...a subtle and well-crafted comedy that makes sure every laugh is worth it. --The Tracking Board
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But since then, I haven't been able to get this movie out of my mind, and I've determined that this little gem is a subtle work of genius. It has an all-star cast of actors and comedians, many playing their roles slightly off-character from their typical personas (e.g., Sarah Silverman as an "I'll give you the benefit of the doubt because deep down I'm a really sweet person" radio talk show host). And the builds in the story are played with just the right touch of angst, half-empty satisfaction, and poignancy. An example is when Henry finally gets his car out of hock from the police impound yard (a little victory for him). He drives to his friend's house and parks the car in the exact same way that got it towed the first time. But the director doesn't have other characters mention his idiotic parking job or have the cops tow the car again—he/she just let it be, realizing that subtlety works and no one needs to be beaten over the head with what's been shown. Basically, the director trusted the actors and the audience to connect through great writing, acting, and visual cues.
The antagonists in this movie remind me a bit of the protagonists in Thank You for Smoking. Though greedy and selfish, their pursuit of their goals is not malevolent; rather, they are simply indifferent to morals and the desires and emotions of others. Played well by all of the players here, the characters ring true to the personalities of such folks, especially those in entertainment.
If you like your movies obvious and predictable, this one may not be enjoyable for you. But if you would like the subtle nuances inherent in the life of a "Charlie Brown" guy who can never seem to get a break but is actually quite talented, then you will likely love this movie.
Note: This movie's dialogue includes some graphic sexual content and themes, though nothing extraordinary and definitely not gratuitous.
Punching Henry is a sequel to Punching the Clown. While Punching Henry stands very well on its own, I recommend treating yourself to both movies (on an empty bladder, of course)!
If you can't stand Henry, the massive pile of other comedian cameos threaten to overshadow him. Highly recommend a watch.