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The King of Comedy

3 Ratings: 4.3
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Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: February 18, 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about The King of Comedy

Rupert Pupkin is an amateur comic who's seeking instant fame and fortune.

  • Oct 17, 2009
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The King of Comedy stars Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin, a man who wants to be a famous comedian.  He meets his idol one evening Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) who gives him some advice, work your way up to the top.  But Rupert doesn't want to start at the bottom and he feels that he's a huge star waiting to be discovered.  Paying his idol lip service, Rupert along with his friend Masha (Sandra Bernhard) scheme of away to get Jerry's attention and give him the public exposure that he needs to make it to the big times  How far will Rupert go to become the King of Comedy?

A brilliant film about people looking to make it big without working hard at it.  There are a lot of dreamers like Rupert Pupkin who have minimal talent and feel that the World owes them.  He'll do anything to try and become a huge star.  Robert De Niro does a masterful job in portraying Rupert by giving him a real personality instead of a cardboard cut out.  Jerry Lewis also does a great job in his role as the "great" Jerry Langford who despite all of his fame and fortune is a real lonely man.  Making all the work is the steady direction of Martin Scorsese (who has a bit role) and the witty and satirical script from Paul Zimmerman.  Watch out for a brief cameo appearance from The Clash as well,  They're credited as "Street scum".

I have to highly recommend this picture. An honest insight into those who are seeking immediate star status.

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