It was the humour present in the trailer forHumor Me, combined with my knowledge of Jermaine Clement’s great comic timing – particularly in People Places Things (2015) that had me wanting to watch writer / director Sam Hoffman’s latest comedy movie.
I think I laughed a little, a couple of times but most of the humour simply made me smile at most. Hoffman’s story of a once-acclaimed New York playwright who now finds himself struggling to finish a new play when his wife leaves him covers themes of father/ son relationships, sibling relationships and grief. There are one, maybe two emotional moments that were well handled in the film. However, overall it felt for me as though something was missing from the story. I sat and I watched but my attention certainly wasn’t commanded by what was taking place on screen; at least not until near the end.
I feel as though writer / director John Krasinki’s The Hollars (2016) did a better job of telling a somewhat similar story with a more amusing end result and with better executed emotional moments.
What Humor Me has made me realise is that I’m ready to see Clement in roleswhere he’s actually a winner, someone going through a happy phase in their life.
One more thing that occurred to me as I watched Humor Me is the fact that I can no longer help but compare any comedy films starring more than 3 older people, to Grace and Frankie; a goodNetflix series centred around the complicated relationships between a group of older people.
Watch Humour Me if you absolutely must. Also, if you’re into ‘dad jokes’, you may find new ones that you really enjoy in this movie.
Humor Me is a Sam Hoffman written / directed comedy starring Jermaine Clement. Clement plays a once-acclaimed New York playwright who now finds himself struggling to finish a new play when his wife leaves him…
The plot doesn’t read as particularly funny but I have faith because of my favourite Clement movie to date, People Places Things (2015). I’m also a fan of Elliot Gould. He is after all, father to Ross and Monica from Friends.
Maria Dizzia, Willie C. Carpenter and Annie Potts also star.
Starring Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Jermaine Clement, Austin Abrams and directed by Mike White, Brad’s Status is a new comedy about a father who feels inferior about his life choices. He started to question everything after meeting up with an old friend…
What I like most about Moana is that it’s a well told story about a young girl who’s brave, strong and courageous enough to follow her heart. Set in Ancient Polynesia and starring Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, JeRmaine Clement and Nicole Scherzinger, I also like Moana because it scores quite highly on the ‘animated cuteness’ factor, particularly baby Moana.
Cinderella (2015) remains favourite Disney movie, in large part because of how much I enjoyed the recent live-action remake. If I had to choose between Brave (2012) and Moana for the preferred Disney story about the adventures of a courageous young girl, Brave definitely wins. I just found the characters more entertaining, the story personally more relatable and engaging. Nevertheless, I say watch Moana because it’s good – and who knows, it may actually end up being your favourite.
People Places Things is the brainchild of writer / director, James C. Strouse. It’s also a film that does a good and entertaining job of navigating that complicated space between a significant break up and the next potential relationship.
Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne and Jessica Williams; Strouse’s comedy possesses a kooky and pleasantly offbeat quality. A quality that can be partly attributed to the limbo state a few of the characters find themselves in, as well as the unapologetic directness and honesty in the way they communicate with each other.
The things that make People Places Things good remind me of my favourite sitcom of all time, Peep Show. Peeps Show is a British comedy series in which the audience hears the dialogue spoken by all the speaking characters, in addition to the internal dialogue of the show’s two stars – everything they think but never dare say.
Watch People Places Things for a cast that are amply gifted with good comic timing, the chance to see Regina Hall in a refreshingly different kind of role, to discover the talents of Jermaine Clement and because People Places Things is good and funny.
It looks like I’m about to enjoy more clever writing and super humour in 2015. Thanks this time to the James C. Strouse written/ directed comedy, People Places Things…
Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne and Michael Chernus, I’m really hoping that Strouse’s movie is as welcome a surprise as The Little Death(2014) – probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.