The Comedian - ★★ 1/2
Robert De Niro plays that guy, Jackie Burke. You know, that guy who used to be an insult comedian. You know, the one who used to have the hit show that everyone loved, but much to his chagrin everyone still wants him to be that character. His long suffering brother (well played by Danny DeVito) just wants to connect with him a little more often. His career is long headed straight into the sunset, when thanks to some comedy club hecklers and a well delivered punch, he goes viral (and also to jail).
When he's let out, a stint in community service has him cross paths with a much younger woman (Leslie Mann) turning this into an unfulfilling "rom com." Their friendship revives him as the viral fame seems to re-energize his career. While the film had its laughs (particularly Patti Lupone as Jackie's much aggrevated sister-in-law), some of the edgy, awkward humor just fell flat. For a relationship movie, they could have left the main relationship out. It seemed to rely more on copious amounts of profanity than creating an engaging storyline.