The Comedian

Mirthless story of an aging insult comic (Robert De Niro) who tries to revive his career and get out from under the burden of being best-known for his role in a catchphrase-laden 1980s sitcom. But his anger issues get in the way both at work and in his relationships (most significantly with girlfriend Leslie Mann). Director Taylor Hackford and a quartet of screenwriters capture a bickering, yet affectionate, show business milieu. But in De Niro's sour protagonist they have too unpleasant a character to sustain a compelling story.

Watch out for: References to nonmarital sexual activity, occasional profanity and frequent rough language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R

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