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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from 3,130 votes
||Release: 2 July 2010 (USA) /
||Genre: Biography, Comedy, Documentary, Drama
||Director: Ricki Stern,
||Stars: Analie Berthel, Bill Sammeth, David Dangle, Debbie Brennan, Denis Markell, Emily Kosloski, Gilda Frost, Graham Reed, Joan Rivers, Jocelyn Pickett, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Brennan, Larry A. Thompson, Mark Anderson Phillips, Sean Foley
||Synopsis: This documentary follows one year in the life of Joan Rivers, who sees herself first and foremost as an actress, with her life as a comedienne/writer just an extension of being an actress. Now at age 75, Rivers has faced her ups and downs in her forty plus year career, the year leading up to filming being a down compared to what she would have wanted, which is a calendar full of engagements with several engagements each day. That want is in part to support her opulent personal lifestyle, but is more a need to bolster her own sense of self-worth as a basically insecure person who is probably best known now for her overuse of cosmetic surgery rather than her professional work. She feels that Kathy Griffin, who she admires, is now getting all the engagements she would have gotten in her prime. During this year, Rivers is seen going from engagement to engagement, some big - such as a Kennedy Center Honors for George Carlin, a double bill with Don Rickles in New York, and her own celebrity... Written by Huggo
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The problem I usually have with documentaries is that, while I find
them enlightening, I rarely connect to them on an emotional level. My
intellect is stimulated, but I don't usually feel anything. The last
documentary that made me feel anything was "Sicko." "Joan Rivers: A
Piece of Work" succeeds in the same way. Here's a woman who is a bit of
a joke and an easy Hollywood punching bag. But she shows herself to be
quite a complex individual. She's of course funny and a workaholic.
She's also quite vulnerable and doesn't take criticism well at all. At
times, she's quite likable and very sympathetic. Other times, she seems
twisted and self-absorbed. I suppose the real Rivers is a little of
both. She's also a joy to spend 90 minutes in a theater with, should
the opportunity present itself to you.
The film opens with a shot that tells you everything you need to know
about this film and its intentions. The shot is an extreme close-up of
Rivers without any makeup on. For someone so presumably consumed with
her looks, this is a surprising image that tells you this film is going
to show you the real Rivers. Like her or not (and many won't), this is
The rest of the film is loosely broken up into three sections. The
first introduces us to the woman and follows Rivers as she develops an
autobiographical play and performs it in the UK. The second follows her
during her time on "The Celebrity Apprentice." And the final one shows
her on the road across America doing comedy shows. Interspersed with
these segments are sidebars about Rivers' pasther marriage, her time
with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," her relationship with her
daughter Melissa, and her annual Thanksgiving charity work.
The two biggest things I took away from the film are that Rivers is
obsessive (desperate?) about working and that she is incredibly
insecureperhaps the two complement each other. At one point, she is
trying to book a commercial. She tells the ad agency's representative
that she'll wear diapers, anything, to land a gig. After seeing this
film, I believe she would. She's also incredibly self-doubting. When
her play opens in London to good, not great, reviews, she immediately
decides it won't see the light of day in New York. She says she
wouldn't be able to bear the criticism. And when she agrees to do a
Comedy Central roastwell, let's just say, it's not pretty.
One of the most enlightening, and in some ways off-putting, scenes in
the film is when she gets heckled at a show in rural Wisconsin. Rivers
makes a joke about hating kids but thinking Helen Keller would be
tolerable, and a man yells that he thinks she isn't funny, but
mean-spirited. Rivers lays into him. She doesn't hold back at all, and
while I hold the belief that comedians should be able to defend
themselves as they see fit against hecklers, her expletive-laden tirade
crossed a few lines. What was so telling about this scene, though, was
just how insecure Rivers is. When one man, a nobody in her life,
criticizes her, she viciously lashes out.
I really did find this film fascinating for just how complicated it
made its star seem. In addition to that, it's also quite funny. Rivers
hasn't lost much in 75 years. I'd argue that her best bits are the more
recent ones. Most documentaries are intellectual exercises, but not
this one. It felt refreshingnot at all like sitting through a lecture.
I wasn't a fan of Rivers before. I'm not sure I'm a fan of Rivers now.
But a can definitely say I'm a fan of "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,"
and I would recommend it to just about anyone.
Tags for Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Full Movie
, Bill Sammeth
, David Dangle
, Debbie Brennan
, Denis Markell
, Emily Kosloski
, Gilda Frost
, Graham Reed
, Joan Rivers
, Jocelyn Pickett
, Kathy Griffin
, Kevin Brennan
, Larry A. Thompson
, Mark Anderson Phillips
, Sean Foley
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