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Margaret Cho: Assassin
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11.25.2005 By: Matt Hosack
Margaret Cho: Assassin order
Director:
Kerry Asmussen

Actors:
Margaret Cho
Bruce Daniels

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Comic favorite, Margaret Cho returns to the stage, this time at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C. Cho knocks politics, religion, the media, and everything in between in this “fresh” blend of standup comedy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For whatever reason, I found Margaret Cho’s comedy show to be more political rally than comedy. She goes on a huge trip about U.S. politics- and while funny at first, it becomes almost depressing and sinks like the titanic. Her mission seems to be to attack the political structure but not to make us laugh. Now, a good comedian can poke at the system, while making us laugh our guts out. Just look to Chris Rock’s recent work to know what I mean. Cho just seems to have a chip on her shoulder and it doesn’t come off as great entertainment. I can see many may find her “comedy” offensive. If you are religious, gay, or a minority you probably will be offended. Again, I can usually gauge say SOUTHPARK offensive to flat out offensive. At the end of the day though, I realize she has a HUGE fan base and chances are if you enjoy her blend of comedy, you’ll want to check ASSASSIN out.
THE EXTRAS
The Making of an Assassin: Inside the Mind of Margaret Cho (40 min): I have to give kudos to the producers of this. They thoroughly explain why Cho is popular, her sentiments, and more. Cho gives us a natural one on one look that I can really appreciate. After this, I got her comedy a lot more. You might want to watch this first.

Opening Act: Bruce Daniels: Daniels is a black comedian and a Cho regular. He’s definitely on par with Cho’s sentiments so chances are if you like Cho, you’ll like Daniels.

Margaret Cho’s Belly Dancing Segment: Definitely one of the weirdest special features ever! Cho isn’t that hot to look at and this fact is made even worse by this stupid awful look at belly dancing classes. I’m not sure if this is supposed to be funny, ‘cuase it’s not.

Ode To Margaret Cho: This only lasts a few minutes and is a family film of some sorts that only has one gag. Worthless.

Invisible Son: This is a short film again I’m not sure what I saw. It seemed like Cho’s family and friends complete with photos, but everything was so oblivious. I think it was about a son coming out that he was gay.

Animated Rap Video by MCMC: Not one of the best videos I’ve seen. It sports a SOUTHPARK-like animation and Margaret Cho rapping.

There’s also a photo gallery, again…a worthless extra.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fans of Cho will want to check out ASSASSIN. If you don’t get her comedy, the documentary might help you figure things out. Despite the standard DVD, this may be a good choice for those looking for something different or if you just plain hate George Bush.
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