Review Date: October 22, 2002
Director: Christian Charles
Producers: Gary Streiner
It also showcases a younger, more arrogant, comic named Orny Adams, who is an ideal case study of how NOT to "make it" in the biz. The guy doesn't really seem to love what he's doing as much as he loves the idea of making it or being a celebrity and makes a lot of foolish comments throughout the film. He's also quite neurotic and a borderline manic-depressive, but ironically...fun to watch. The sad part is that some of his material is actually pretty funny, but he can't seem to get past his own attitude in order to enjoy any of it (at one point, he gets an amazing piece of news for his career, but spends the next 5 minutes calling people to tell them about it and then gets depressed again-dude, it's comedy...cheer up!!). The sadder part is that I could sort of see myself in some of these comedians' attitudes, in that I never seem to be entirely content with any of my finished products-- but I suppose that's one of the things that keeps certain nutjobs going. By the way, if you're going to see this flick for laughs, prepare to be disappointed. There are a few funny one-liners here and there and the behind the scenes "loneliness" of a comedian's life is a definite eye-opener (every time one of them walked down an empty hallway to the front of the venue, I was reeled back to my high school class presentations and the utter anxiety of it all), but overall, the project is presented in a much more informative manner, rather than comedic. It's basically an illustration of what makes up a comedian, not actual jokes, per se.
Now since I myself, am always interested in these types of things, I was fascinated by most of what I saw, despite a little redundancy and the less than ideal sound quality in certain scenes. The filmmakers also make sure not to call this a "documentary" since it doesn't really provide for an objective, all-around view of comedians, but a rather focused one on Seinfeld and Adams respectively. As a documentary, I would have liked to have seen more interviews with folks who zig-zagged through the film like David Letterman or Seinfeld's friends and family, but I can see how things might've gotten out of hand with those kinds of additions. As is, the film works as a remarkable study of the lonely, passionate pursuits of men who feel the need to make others laugh. If comedy is something that intrigues you, or if you just like Jerry himself, I see no reason why this quick 80 minutes wouldn't engage you all around (I actually wanted it to last longer). Also, as if I didn't have enough respect for Seinfeld as a comedian and a seemingly "nice guy" before this movie, I admire him that much more now. I especially liked how he "nicely" brushed off that one dude who inappropriately asked him for a picture...right before he was about to get on stage!! (George: What kind of a person are you? Jerry: I think I'm pretty much like you...only successful.) Indeed, Mr. Seinfeld...indeed.