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"COMEDIAN"
(2002) (Jerry Seinfeld, Orny Adams) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Minor Moderate None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate Minor None Mild None


QUICK TAKE:
Documentary: A backstage look at standup comedian Jerry Seinfeld as he hones his new material in preparation for a doing a full-length stage performance.
PLOT:
Covering more than a year's worth of time, the film follows comedian Jerry Seinfeld as he prepares for and hones his comedy material for a live standup performance. We see a backstage look at his preparation behind and in front of small test crowds, as well as his interaction with other comedians and standup performers such as Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Bill Cosby.

At the same time, we see the somewhat parallel course of relative newcomer Orny Adams as he tries to hone his act and break into the big time.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Seinfeld or standup comedy, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JERRY SEINFELD is a comedian who's trying to hone his standup comedy routine. He uses some strong profanity.
  • ORNY ADAMS is an up and coming comedian who's trying to make it in the business. He's egotistical and mocks others. He also uses strong profanity.
  • COLIN QUINN and CHRIS ROCK are other comedians who use some strong profanity.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this R-rated documentary. Profanity consists of at least 16 uses of the "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some sexually related dialogue is also present, as is some brief crude humor.

    Various characters drink, some smoke, and one comedian has a cocky attitude about himself and his material. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Various people have drinks in a club. We later see more people with drinks at another performance.
  • A comment is made about audiences being "juiced up."
  • More people drink at a club.
  • A comment is made about being drunk and a woman at a show seems a bit intoxicated by what she says.
  • We see many bottles of liquor along the wall in a bar.
  • Seinfeld talks about two drinks at a club being what gives audiences the authority to say they don't like an act.
  • Orny and an agent have drinks.
  • That agent has wine.
  • Orny holds a glass of wine or champagne.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Seinfeld asks Colin if whether after he eats salad, he sees it when he goes to the bathroom (he says that he doesn't).
  • Seinfeld says he's drawing the line at having a colonoscopy as he's had enough with the press invading his life and refers to them in this context as the "pooparazzi."
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Orny has a cocky attitude and occasionally mocks or doesn't like what others tell him, particularly regarding advice.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "F*ck around," "F*ck them," "I f*cking hate it," "Shut the f*ck up," "What a c*cks*cker," "That was like monkeys throwing sh*t," "Jerk off" (masturbate), "What a d*ck," "Screwed up," "Smoke up your ass," "Balls" (testicles), "Piss," "Nuts" (crazy), "Sucks" and "You suck."
  • The film could inspire kids to try stand-up comedy.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 16 "f" words, 11 "s" words, 3 slang terms using male genitals ("c*ck," "c*cks*cker," "d*ck"), 7 asses, 2 damns, 2 hells, 6 uses of "G-damn," 2 of "Swear to God" and 1 use each of "Jesus Christ," "Oh God" and "Oh my God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • A comedian does a bit about people saying to be careful about movie theater food and includes a comment about "jerk off" in the popcorn.
  • Orny does a bit about turning around to look at a girl's "ass" and then adding that they usually don't turn around to look at his.
  • Orny says that the stage is like a woman in that he wants to "mount" it.
  • As Orny does a routine about being single, a woman in the crowd asks if he's gay.
  • Seinfeld follows a comedy routine that featured a small man in some sort of small leather underwear and Village People type garb.
  • Jerry opens a backstage door and we briefly hear another comedian telling a joke about knowing a date was going nowhere sexually.
  • Jerry briefly does some brief comedy bit listing things such as "porno website."
  • We see Jerry in his boxers as he puts on his pants.
  • SMOKING
  • Comedian Robert Klein holds a cigar, as does Orny in a later scene, while a miscellaneous person smokes a cigarette.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The life of a comedian and pursuing a career as one.
  • Comedy and how hard it is to make it work.
  • VIOLENCE
  • None.



  • Reviewed October 11, 2002 / Posted October 25, 2002

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