He shines, but not brightly enough to bring this moribund project to life. SHARES . This is a provocative, hilarious, and important discussion of comedy taboos, who gets to transgress them, and why. All that glitz and neon? a wise and funny defense of the necessity of the court jester to speak truth to power. On the other hand, we see her visit Las Vegas with a friend who can’t seem to freely enjoy the excursion or any other experience nearly 70 years after her own camp experience.
The mix of levity, serious themes, marquee names and archival materials in Ferne Pearlstein’s entertaining, thought-provoking documentary should find primarily broadcast buyers in numerous markets.
If there’s one thing we should never joke about, it’s the Holocaust, surely? Fri Mar 03 2017, 04:48pm | 10 comments. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 53% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 5.38/10. Brooks has the last word when he says “Comics are the conscience of the people, and they’re allowed a large berth in any direction…even if it’s in bad taste.”. No content appearing on this site may be reproduced, reposted, or reused in any manner without express written permission. 26. An A-list roster of comedians as well as several Holocaust survivors ponder the outer limits of humor and "good taste.". The Holocaust is the modern bar-setter for topics that by popular agreement are too grave to ever allow trivialization. Small-screen clips of the late Joan Rivers and others illustrate how an uninspired wisecrack that might’ve otherwise been forgivable can induce channel-changing revulsion when it happens to hinge upon Jews and ovens.
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Never miss a review! Even concentration camp survivors have wildly different perspectives on the matter. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Pearlstein’s very deft assembly manages to raise all these ideas and others for viewer consideration while underlining that there are few, if any, definitive responses to them — humor being the most subjective of values, even when it comes to an apparent moral absolute like the Holocaust. There are very few taboos left in comedy. the movie seems to silently ask. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Last Laugh: Crime Stories at Amazon.com. please share with your friends and followers! Tragedy compounded by survivor guilt has left her living in a world where comedy seems superfluous at best.
(I will never ever sell or share your email address. Analyzing jokes can ruin humor, but not here. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Last Laugh at Amazon.com. This is not a movie about “political correctness” or about justifying heartlessness or cruelty in the name of comedy. Greg Pritikin’s “The Last Laugh,” on Netflix, is a transparent attempt to do for Chevy Chase what “The Hero” did for Sam Elliott, or “The Last Movie Star” for Burt Reynolds, or “Hello My Name Is Doris” for Sally Field: It places an aging star at the center of a low-budget, character-driven indie and reminds us of his gifts. ), based on the Aggregate theme by Elegant Themes | powered by WordPress. As would Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Harry Shearer, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Larry Charles, and a whole bunch of other professionally very funny people.
Tech/design contribs are pro down the line. Yet laughter, too, can be used to make serious points, and the frontiers of what constitutes “good taste” (or at least what doesn’t constitute unforgivably bad taste) continue to be pushed outward. Promise. The Last Laugh documentary review: punching Nazis (with comedy) by MaryAnn Johanson. Comedy can be a survival tactic and a means of revenge against tyranny, even as it can also be a tool of crass insensitivity. When you purchase a ticket for an independently reviewed film through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. The eternal battle between humor and censure is illustrated in a brief throwback to Lenny Bruce’s legal battles, and his latterday (if seldom litigated-against) equivalents like Dave Chapelle, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, “South Park” and so forth, all of whom frequently depend on the shock value of “inappropriate” material. film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The site's consensus reads: "Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss are a sight for sore eyes, but they unfortunately do not get The Last Laugh in a generic buddy comedy that never musters any jokes worthy of their comedic chops". Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. [, Analyzing comedy can tend to ruin the humor, but that doesn’t happen here. An Auschwitz inmate turned educator, Renee Firestone emerged from great suffering—including the death of her sister after Nazi “medical experiments” — with joie de vivre intact, perhaps even amplified by so much personal loss. October 16, 2016 6:35 pm.
Is it in poor taste to make Holocaust jokes? “The Last Laugh” asks the non-musical question — well, non-musical unless you’re talking about “The Producers” — “Can Nazis and the Final Solution ever be funny? As Al Hart, a retired agent for stand-up comics who takes his very first client (Richard Dreyfuss) on the road for one last tour, Chase mostly engages in his trademark mugging, while his earnest moments are smothered by the clumsiness of the filmmaking. Reviews. That’s funny, isn’t it? But he doesn’t really have the chops for this kind of showcase — his earlier vehicles, while funny, never required him to be much of an actor. She provides a liberal barometer of what’s permissible in comedy, as she watches a number of comedians riffing on YouTube and elsewhere, deeming some genuinely funny and others simply tasteless. The Last Laugh is a wise and funny defense of the necessity of the court jester to speak truth to power, which is just as vital today at it ever was. please help keep truly independent film criticism alive! Get a once-a-week email notification of all the latest goodies. Facebook Twitter. MaryAnn’s quick take… Analyzing jokes can ruin humor, but not here. (A Holocaust survivors’ convention in Vegas? International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. As more than one stand-up pro notes here, the stakes rise with the bigger risk; if you’re going to joke about a “taboo” subject, it better be a very good joke. Copyright (c) 1997-2020 MaryAnn Johanson. “Comedy puts light onto darkness, and darkness can’t live where there’s light,” Silverman offers philosophically; on the old adage about comedy equaling tragedy plus time, Gottfried quips, “Why wait?”, But perhaps those are rather easy things to say for those too young to have lived through the Holocaust, so Pearlstein also follows 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and educator Renee Firestone on her own personal exploration of this great comedic taboo.
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