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produced by
Rick Alverson, Brooke Bernard, Patrick Hibler, Alex Lipschultz, Ryan Lough, George Rush, Ryan Zacarias for Arts+Labor, Made Bed Productions, Nomadic Independence Pictures
directed by Rick Alverson
starring Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Amy Seimetz, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Lotte Verbeek, Dean Stockwell, Tim Heidecker, Tonantzin Carmelo, Becktoria, Mariann Gavelo, Kalia Prescott, Waymond Lee, Dustin Guy Defa, Ashley Atwood, David Yow, Jose Lizarde jr, Annabella Lwin, Brenna Rhea, Kevin Guthrie, Carlos Simental jr, Jeffrey Jensen, Sean Burgos, Sergio Rafael, Rafael Cobos Delgado, Susan Cernas
written by Gregg Turkington, Rick Alverson, Tim Heidecker, music by Robert Donne

review by
Mike Haberfelner

A comedian (Gregg Turkington) tours the US-American South West with his show of drunk celebrity insults - which works quite well in some places (primarily prisons) where there's little other entertainment available ... but in small town bars where people just want to get drunk he's not doing that good anymore - also because he's not all that funny. However, the longer he does it the touchier he gets regarding audience interruption, to the point where he gets thrown out of venues because of causing rows with his audience. People who care for him like his cousin (John C. Reilly) try to help - even though especially this cousin has little idea as to how - but he keeps doing what he does, getting worse with every show, but trying to convince himself he's doing it all for his daughter - who he phones after every performance, but who never picks up and who might only exist in his dreams mind you ...


Entertainment is a movie that has very obviously been done with plenty of enthusiasm and care and whatnot, and that's to-the-point atmospheric and cleverly directed in all the right spots - and yet it just fails to take off. For one, the film lacks narrative build-up or a proper structure, it just shows the same character doing the same thing and different people reacting to it. On top of that though, and this is really where the film falls apart, the problem is the main character is just not likeable enough - and the problem is neither that he's not funny as a comedian (that's actually part of his charm) or that Gregg Turkington doesn't have him down to a t, quite the contrary, he works too well - and that said, the character just lacks loveability as such - and that's just not a very good thing ...


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