(R, 1:18:44, Released 2007)
|Release Date:||Sep 9, 2008|
|DVD Release Date:||Oct 7, 2008|
|Starring:||Jamie Kennedy, Louie Anderson, David "Elsewhere" Bernal, Andrew Dice Clay, David Cross, Mike Ditka, Craig Ferguson, Larry Flynt, Tom Green (III), Peter Guber|
|Directed by:||Michael Addis|
|Synopsis:||Nearly anyone who performs in public on a regular basis is familiar with the notion of the audience member who makes their opinions loudly and clearly known during the show, and like most comedians Jamie Kennedy has dealt with his fair share of hecklers over the course of his career. However, when Kennedy moved from stand-up comic to actor, he encountered a new breed of heckler -- the on-line film critic who posts angry rants on the internet, taking Kennedy to task for nearly every aspect of such critically drubbed movies as Son Of The Mask and Malibu's Most Wanted. Kennedy teamed up with director Michael Addis to make the documentary Heckler, which explores the increasingly combative relationship between artists and their audience. Heckler features interviews with a number of comics and musicians discussing their experiences with loud-mouthed spectators (including Bill Maher, David Cross, Louie Anderson, Rob Zombie, Joe Rogan and David Allen Grier), but Kennedy goes a step further, confronting a number of the writers who've bad-mouthed his work and questioning their role in the creative process. Kennedy and Addis also talk with filmmaker Uwe Boll, who went so far as to challenge his critics to a boxing match. Heckler received its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi|
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January 16, 2013
A film that thinks it has a lot to say, but very rarely varies from its one, obnoxiously repetitive message that simply reads "I'm thin skinned." Hecklers themselves are thoughtless stooges who announce their presence and proceed to put down the performing comic, politician, musician, etc. for their own benefit, or detriment. It's evident that the directors of the film quickly ran out of material to finish their documentary and had to move on to something else entertainers bitch about: their adoring public. All manner of big names show up to give their two sense when it comes to films critics, Internet pariahs, and anyone who has a dissenting opinion from these creators, directors, and studio heads. The bulk of the film is valid in its assessment of people who simply say mean hearted things for the sake of their own popularity or even notoriety. Jamie Kennedy is the ringmaster in this documentary and resurfaces time and again to engage film critics in debates on why they deemed his films "Malibu's Most Wanted" and "Son of the Mask" as utter trash. Now, Kennedy does get a lot of unneeded slack in these reviews, and I agree that that's not fair, but the many interviews with other people tend to remain limited on the assumption that all criticism, of any kind, is wrong and make every creator feel bad about themselves and their work. Many of the people who come out to give interviews in this film are genuinely interesting people who vow not to care what people think and that the bad can't touch them, such as Mike Ditka, Craig Ferguson, and the vast amount of comedians who get heckled every show, and that truly sucks for them, but when Joel friggin' Schumacher showed up, I knew there was little credibility to these people's words. There is definitely something to protecting positivity in this world, but not at the expense of those who disagree to be heckled themselves.
December 31, 2012
Jamie Kennedy throws a broad net here, snagging not only audience hecklers but film critics, internet bloggers and professional journalists as well. Interesting stuff.
fb7018436December 4, 2011
Hecklers come with the territory so quit crying about it and do your job.
December 13, 2009
The part about actual hecklers in stand-up comedy was a great segment. The rest of the film has people who make millions of dollars wine about critics being negative. I feel that if you don't want the world to pick you apart and analyze your work get out of the fucking spot light. A heckler is a horrible person and a critic is just someone with an opinion.
November 28, 2008
This movie has three distinct segments. The first is about actual hecklers of stand up comedians. The second is an over-reaching view on criticism in society, its effect on the criticized and what it reflects on the critic. The third is about how blogging and the internet have exaggerated the nastiness of criticism.
It made me reflect on my criticism. I realize that it's just easier to bitch. I can't be fawning over giving praise because I haven't the words or the nergy. As to how bad something is, I haven't usually the words for that either, but I've the energy to find shorter words to express my immediate anger at mediocrity, which is why most of my reviews are intentionally negative. However I find the amount of energy even for negativty to reflect on the overall effective nature of the film, whether it's effectively bad or incredibly great. Sometimes a film, by its greatness or its awfulness, leaves me without a long-winded reaction. Some things only need a sentence to promote it because that's how great it is conversely some things are so bad that I can't waste the investment of my time thinking and typing about it. I admit that I can't give 100%l all the time (which is why I put my reviews on Flixster or another similar site as opposed to in a draft bin for a book on actual film criticism), but I can always find the finger energy to get my negativity out.
I'll give this film some of my genuine energy: I appreciate the wide range of people interviewed and I think it's a great modern sampling of entertainers, artists, and critics. Keep in mind that this film goes WAY beyond just hecklers into all criticism, but the heckler figure is used as a perfect example of the type of critic this film is standing up against.
Hilarious yet human highlights: Jamie shows people REALLY slamming him to his face, and his reactions strike the side of us that has been criticized before. Uwe Boll punches the crap out of some detractors in a highly publicized boxing event. Footage of Bill Hicks going ballistic on a heckler. Letting the critic get their predictably negative say on the end of the film.
Some people I'm really glad this film was able to interview: Richard Roeper, Andrew Dice Clay, Pauly Shore, Rob Zombie, Leonard Maltin, Joel Schumacher, all the geeky net reviewers
I think if you're a creator of any sort and are or want to be involved in today's entertainment and arts world, you should see this doc, as it may help you sort through some stuff and put it in an objective perspective. It's also a good reminder to the bloggers to stay (well, in most cases, become) humble if they want to attain genuine and respected critical status.
October 26, 2008
Why hecklers suck, okay. How critical our society has become, alright. Why online films critics suck specifically, you lost me.
June 17, 2012
Good documentary - the best parts are the interviews with all of the comics and the hilarious exchanges between Jamie and his worst critics.
October 26, 2010
The best movie Jamie Kennedy has ever made. I love comedy docs. This one deals with not just hecklers in comedy but critics in general. I really liked how they transitioned from comedians dealing with hecklers to critics and what they're purpose is. Which isn't much of a purpose.
March 26, 2010
Interesting look at the world of critics, hecklers and comedy.
February 16, 2009
This movie really made me think about some of the past reviews I've done. As we sit here in our high and mighty chair at home by ourselves or at work or wherever you are doing your review you are safe to say whatever you want without consequences. What I missed is that you are reviewing someone else's hard work and in the end it really is just your opinion. How many times have you read a review or heard someone saying how a movie sucked and you thought it was awesome, it is kinda a kick in your nuts because they are basically saying you don't know what you are talking about. Honesty doesn't always have to be mean or hurtful. I have seen the light and my future reviews are gonna be still honest but not at the cost of someone's feelings. This movie was really funny and entertaining. I am a fan of almost all of the comics in the movie and laughed out loud at some of the heckler interactions. So think before you type because someone may write the same things about you someday and see what it makes you feel.
September 18, 2008
A uneven mix of insightful looks at the decline of modern criticism and the need for people to be negative and a self indulgent celebrity whining. A lot of people have noticed the lack of intelligent and thoughtful criticism with today's "thrill me or leave me alone" audience. People would rather roast a celebrity than seriously discuss his/her shortcomings (which I don't think Kennedy would appreciate either), but the addition of the Kennedy's personal story really shot this one down. Like a lot of people who insert themselves in documentaries where they are not needed, it just seems like they need to be the star of the show rather than let the interesting concept take center stage. Too bad, I find myself complaining about modern films and criticism, and I really would have loved this if it wasn't for Kennedy. Jamie Kennedy needs to be stopped!
January 19, 2013
David Cross, Tom Green, Joe Rogan, George Wallace, Dave Attell, Louie Anderson, Lewis Black, Uwe Boll, Robert England, Christopher Hitchens, Pauly Shore, Henry Winkler, Dom Irrera, John Lovitz, Nick Swardson, Carrot Top, Harland Williams, Carrie Fischer, Kathy Griffin, Jeff Ross, Gilbert Godfried, and Rob Zombie among many others star in this giving their opinions and stories about hecklers. Interlaced throughout the film are clips of Jamie Kennedy confronting hecklers at his shows as well as critics who wrote mean reviews for his films (mostly Malibu's Most Wanted and Son of the Mask). Well-edited and a lot of interesting information from a great selection of a somewhat diverse group entertainers. A few of the more well-known videos are shown as archival footage; Ronald Reagan and Jim Everett being examples of this, but the footage of Michael Richards was not (though a computer re-enactment of it was). Fun, watch with The Aristocrats.
fb1530090178June 7, 2012
I really liked seeing this because I've always wondered how comedians dealt with the people talked about in this documentary. I'm not going to lie, it makes me feel a little better knowing I am not the only one who feels hurt when someone "heckles." If you are an actor/comedian/musician/film maker or critic then you should check this out.
March 22, 2011
When DID criticism become so personal? There was a time of top-tier film critics, but that is long gone. A lot of what is left are simply hecklers with typewriters or attention-desperate misanthropes (yes, quite the contradiction). I often hear "well, they chose to be in the spotlight, so they should have been prepared to be criticized." Oh so does that make them inhuman? Do they now lack feelings? I think Bill Maher captured it best in this film. There is no tough skin with entertainers. To do what they do, they have to be sensitive to their feelings and to their environment. It's the only may to do what they do: create. People need scapegoats, so why not go after the person you think expects it? It's upsetting.
January 1, 2010
I really enjoyed parts of this movie but i hate Jamie Kennedy. He wines too much about how bad his movies are. STOP MAKING THEM!
June 4, 2009
I have to say, it seems a little ironic to be reviewing this one, given the subject matter. Lol. I don't watch too many documentaries. I've found that I have to be extremely interested in the topic at hand in order to *really* get into one. Since I'm a fan of Jamie Kennedy, however, I figured I'd give this a shot! While I enjoy his crazy comedic style, it was certainly nice to see him involved in such a serious project! It was great hearing commentaries from a number of artists I reall dig - Craig Ferguson, Criss Angel & Rob Zombie to name but a few. In a nutshell, I found myself quite fascinated with the topics discussed. The film was certainly thought provoking. Did I agree with everything that was said? No. I felt as if the documentary was a bit one-sided in places. But, then again, the genre often lends itself to that. To be sure, almost every point made seemed to have a strong basis in validity. I personally feel that if we all "live and let live" the world would be a much happier place.
February 3, 2009
The under-rated Jamie Kennedy shines a light on the world of heckling and critics in general. A well thought out documentary with lots of help from his comic friends which lends the film some real cred. Well worth seeing.
October 30, 2008
I did come away feeling bad for J-Ken. Even though I think some of his stuff isn't funny (I haven't seen Son of the Mask or Kickin' it Ol' Skool, which wasn't mentioned), he is obviously a talented individual to make his career as a entertainer.
It's true that a lot of people online are guilty of make absolutely personal attacks on certain actors when it's the actual movie that needs to be under review.
I thought this doc could've done less with the online reviewers being confronted by J-Ken, but it was entertaining to watch.
The beginning part of the doc covering hecklers was my favorite. And when Kennedy brought in the young guys who didn't think he was funny, was also fun to watch them squirm a bit.
If you are in stand up or films, your perspective on this movie is absolutely different than anyone else and can identify with it on a level others can't.
So hopefully after this, we'll see if people still keep writing asinine reviews saying "Jaime Kennedy must be stopped!"
October 7, 2008
The problem with this documentary is that it's really just an excuse for Jamie Kennedy to complain about people not liking him, and that's not really not reason enough to make an 80 min documentary. It's worth watching for the interviews, and you might come away feeling a little sympathy for Jamie, Carrottop, and all the other talentless celebrities/filmmakers out there that take a lot of abuse.