Review: Entertainment, 2015, dir. Rick Alverson


“Rick Alverson’s Entertainment is best described as a case of willfully false advertising. “Entertainment,” to Alverson, is an invocation of abject human misery rather than a promise of amusement and delight. His film offers neither pleasure nor diversion—instead, it spiritually brutalizes its viewers with a portrait of one comedian’s professional struggles on a road trip through the dusty scrublands of Southwestern America. A man aggressively clearing his throat into a mic while telling gang rape gags: Now that is Entertainment.” (Via Paste Magazine.)


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