Call Me Lucky

2015

Documentary / Biography

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IMDb Rating 7.6

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Reviewed by Pentucket 10

The night after the live show that was filmed for this documentary, we all woke up to the news that Robin Williams, the best friend of director Bobcat Goldthwait, had died from suicide. I heard in interviews that Robin had considered playing the lead role if this story had been done dramatically. That came to mind a few times while watching and I could see why the character would have appealed to him. <br/><br/>It&#39;s about Barry Crimmins, one of the main personalities behind the launch of many Boston comics&#39; careers, but comedy seems incidental to the work he does as years pass and perspective deepens. I don&#39;t know when I first became aware of him. I know I heard Steven Wright mumble his name somewhere way back, but I looked more closely after hearing Barry interviewed by Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. Barry Crimmins personally confronts some of the purest evil mankind perpetrates on itself and tried to prevent much of the damage that continues to be done in the name of profit. While doing that, he helped nurture a conscientious brand of comedy that continues to bring out unique voices.

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Reviewed by sdwalker-76758 10

I felt as if I held my breath the entire length of the movie. Great historical footage, interviews and first person stories of the day. The life of a man who had to overcome trauma and pain. A man whose talents seemed wrong place, wrong time but who never compromised his principles. Touching, poignant and all of it true. The story follows Barry&#39;s career through the comedy scene of the 80&#39;s, up and down the east coast. His comedy reaches a deep lace inside, things that everyone can relate to from that era. His childhood was stolen from him. He struggled for decades. Came to terms and was able to move on. I loved this movie. It is astounding that his core group of friends were able to share stories from 40 years ago. Barry was there for up and coming young comics and many got their start in the business from him. Many familiar names in this story. I will see it again with friends.

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Reviewed by wobbly33 10

Barry Crimmins is not a well-known comedian outside of Boston and New York. But he is a legend among comics, including many legendary comics. His highly intelligent and hard-charging style, lashing out at greedy and inhumane politics, puts him in the ranks of Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, and Bill Hicks. He also helped mentor a roster of comics like Denis Leary, Stephen Wright, Tom Kenny, Paula Poundstone, and Lenny Clarke. He also mentored Bobcat Goldthwait, who directs this simple yet emotionally packed biography that explains not only who Crimmins is, but how he came to be. This is not a &quot;how did he get to be so funny?&quot; or &quot;the greatest (blank) you&#39;ve never heard of&quot; fluff piece. This is a very gritty, sometimes very dark look at the horrors Crimmins endured as a child, and how he turned his suffering into a lifelong mission to help those victimized by man&#39;s inhumanity to man. His compassion permeates his actions, even as he takes the microphone at a Senate hearing on child pornography and uses it to (figuratively) beat a suit from AOL into submission. The result is an emotional wringer that will take you from belly laughs to gut-punched. See this film.

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