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Entertainment (2015)

R | | Drama | 13 November 2015 (USA)
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En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

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Rick Alverson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregg Turkington ... The Comedian
John C. Reilly ... Cousin John
Tye Sheridan ... Eddie the Opener
Lotte Verbeek ... The Chromotherapist
Amy Seimetz ... Woman in Bar
Michael Cera ... Tommy
Annabella Lwin Annabella Lwin ... Airplane Tour Guide
Mike Hickey Mike Hickey ... The Heckler
Craig Holland Craig Holland ... Oil Field Tour Guide
Juventino Martin Juventino Martin ... Gael
Sergio Estrada Sergio Estrada ... Alejandro
Susan Cernas Susan Cernas ... Alejandro's Daughter Maria
Kevin Guthrie ... Ghost Town Tour Guide
Fabian Euresti Fabian Euresti ... Orange Grove Worker (as Fabian Euresti Sr)
Tonantzin Carmelo ... Teresa
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En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, middle-aged comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.

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desert | See All (1) »

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Laughter on the road to nowhere!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, crude sexual material, a disturbing image and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ridgecrest, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,132, 15 November 2015

Gross USA:

$55,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,506
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

Greg Turkington is best known for his guest appearances on Tim Heidecker's "On Cinema at the Cinema" See more »

Quotes

The Comedian: Why don't rapists eat at T.G.I. Friday's? Well, it's hard to rape with a stomachache.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Black Night
Written by Frank Sinatra Jr.
Performed by Frank Sinatra Jr.
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A Guide through the Dark Side of Entertainment
18 November 2015 | by themissingpatientSee all my reviews

An exploration through the dark side of entertainment. A feverish introspective nightmare of a character who remains more mysterious by the end of the film than at the beginning. Entertainment drags us along on a slow road trip through the desert with a comedian who loses his self along the way. The line between reality and dreams become completely blurred. The whole film seems like an inside joke the filmmakers refuse to let us in on. Sure, there are funny moments, especially during the first half, but by the end you'll be left with more questions than answers.

It's emotionally heavy, bizarre, heart-breaking, surreal and even somewhat disturbing. What is truly masterful is how, without ever fully understanding who this character is, the film causes us to lose our sense of reality with him. He is explored, with great depth, inwardly without us ever sure of who he is on the outside. Rick Alverson has perfectly re-created the dream logic story telling techniques and beautifully strange cinematography of a David Lynch film. Yet, he does this using his own voice, which is strikingly original. Entertainment is somewhere between a broken character study, an absurdist comedy and modern tragedy.

Entertainment is not for everyone and if you try using your brain while watching it, you may give yourself a migraine. If you try to use your heart to feel your way through, you won't be sure where to put it and may feel depressed afterwards. This film is a trip that you have to allow to wash over you. Let yourself get lost in it's wonderful visuals and be sure to have friends to discuss it with afterwards.


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