“Every night, you see something different that you hadn’t seen before. He would do a riff here and a riff there. Just spontaneously.” Skip Britterman
Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of another of the great comic artist who’s troubled real life in many ways out shadowed his amazing professional one.
My Take on it – This movie is another great example of someone very famous and talented who had no idea how to balance that fame with leading a normal life.
Richard Pryor had a very troubled life and this movie pulls no punches showing that destructive lifestyle to us.
We get to see stories about his drug use, suicide attempt, marital problems, cash issues and ultimately his medical issues.
This film gives us so much insight into why he acted the way he did by use of many interviews with friends and family members who tell us what they saw and believed during his destructive time in life.
Ultimately this film is a sad one to watch, because we get to see the decline of one of the most talented improvisational comedians due to his own destructive behavior.
This is a very informative and eye opening film that unfortunately had become normal for us to see happen to people who just couldn’t handle their own fame and tried to find crazy ways to maintain such a lifestyle.
Pryor was such a talented comedian who spearheaded the move to straight forward in-your-face comedy that really pulled no punches and had no boundaries. Without him, many of today’s comedians might not have reached the places they have reached.
Bottom Line – Another great example of a very talented comic who didn’t know how to deal with stardom and led a very self destructive life off screen. Gives us so much insight into his comic genius and insane behavior without pulling any punches. Very sad to see how things played out for him. Very informative featuring lots of great interviews with friends and family who really knew him best. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Richard Pryor Show premiered on NBC in 1977 but was canceled after only four episodes probably because television audiences did not respond well to his show’s controversial subject matter, and Pryor was unwilling to alter his material for network censors. During the short-lived series, he portrayed the first African-American President of the United States, spoofed the Star Wars cantina, took on gun violence, and in another skit, used costumes and visual distortion to appear nude. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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