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King of Comedy, The (1983) Movie Reviews

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08/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The King of Comedy review

An autograph seeker who dreams of making it big as a stand-up comedian named Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) tries to set an appointment with popular Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Rupert asks Masha's (Sandra Bernhard) help in convincing Jerry to notice him. Soundtrack was fair and Bernhard a convincing support. Robert DeNiro plays a creepy character to perfection while Jerry Lewis was surprisingly good and deserved more attention. Screenplay was note worthy with lines: "Any one of these freaks could just walk right up to you and do whatever he wants." "But I figured it this way: better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime!" and "It's hard to lose a friend, even one who has let you down." Direction was superb and had good chracter development. On the downside, jokes during the ...

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04/04/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Look at you here. Who the hell is watching you?"

Probably Scorsese's most wrongfully overlooked effort (especially with all the praise heaped on middling films like The Aviator and Gangs of New York, not to mention the unrivaled overrating of GoodFellas). Essentially a comedic take on Taxi Driver, featuring a lonely neurotic with delusions of grandeur who becomes increasingly unhinged until, through a flagrantly criminal act, he becomes a hero adored by the masses. Or does he only achieve fame in his mind? No matter--as a commentary on our celebrity-obsessed culture, the film (like Taxi Driver and Network) presages such afflictions as the reality TV craze. Whether the anti-hero's success is seen as just another delusion or one last satirical jab, it highlights the cannibalistic nature of mass-produced entertainment, consuming its au...

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