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Punching Henry (2016)

And Punching the Clown (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 February 2017 (USA)
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Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA when a veteran TV producer decides to make a show about the life of a loser.

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Gregori Viens

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Phillips ... Henry Phillips
Tig Notaro ... Jillian
J.K. Simmons ... Jay Warren
Mark Cohen ... Stupid Joe
Sarah Silverman ... Sharon Levine
Ellen Ratner Ellen Ratner ... Ellen Pinksy
Mike Judge ... Ed
Jim Jefferies ... Charlie
Stephanie Allynne ... Zoe
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Dramatic Actor
Michaela Watkins ... Mara
Derek Waters ... Dave the Producer
Doug Stanhope ... Cab Dispatcher
Wayne Federman ... Carl Rohmer
Ashley Johnson ... Danielle
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Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA by renowned TV producer Jay Warren, who wants to make a show about the life of a struggling performer. When Jay sees Henry bomb at a local club, he is convinced that this story must be told. With the support of his longtime musician friend Jillian, and his well-meaning but sub-par manager Ellen Pinsky, Henry endures the ups and downs of LA living, and even secures what appears to be the Hollywood dream. But as a major TV network gets involved, he must decide whether his legacy will be to make jokes, or become the butt of them.

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24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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A thoughtful comedy
14 March 2017 | by jay-friedenbergSee all my reviews

Punching Henry is an intelligent comedy. Unlike most comedies out there that rely on cursing, disgust, or slapstick, this movie has a brain. I won't get into any plot details but it is clear that many of the scenes are inspired by real-world events. The film has plausibility and never seems contrived. Punching Henry also manages to be both funny and sad at the same time, which is quite rare and difficult to carry off for even the best scriptwriters. Finally, the film makes a comment on culture and human nature. Popularity it seems, has little to do with talent or integrity. Maybe you knew that already, but this is well worth watching. It will have you consistently laughing, thinking and sympathizing with the protagonist. It gets my highest recommendation.


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