LP: Who were some of the biggest gifts to comedians so far this year? JM: Was that Dunston Checks In this year? Or was that like 15 ago? I can’t remember. Either way, it’s a great movie and was a gift to comedians as well as civilians.
The story of a young man being abandoned by his mother into the mildly eccentric family of a psychiatrist right as he is coming into his own is an interesting story! It makes sense that Augusten Burroughs would write a memoir about something like that and that it would be successful. It follows that Hollywood would then adapt that memoir into a movie. Got it. We’re all on the same page here. The problem is that the story is so intense and outlandish on its own, that all of the “quirky” embellishments come off as patently false and very annoying. Like, when the doctor first comes over to the house, Annette Bening asks him if she can get him anything, coffee or tea? He says “I would like some cold bologna slices with a side of horseradish.”
THE END. TAKE THIS DVD OUT AND SNAP IT OVER DAVID EDELSTEIN’S KNEE.
Is there someone who can come pick you up? I don’t think you should be alone right now. (I also don’t think you should be together right now.) Put a wet towel over your eyes. Feel the worries of the day slipping away. Shhhhhh. Now you are so relaxed. Hardly even thinking about the thing that happened, whatever it was, in the sports. I’m sorry, I know, I’m sorry I said the word “sports.”
According to the New York Post, the project penned by Art Linson and the Roastmaster General, Jeffrey Ross will have Sean Penn directing and Robert De Niro starring as “an aging, bitterly, funny stand-up comic.”