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The Comedian

Robert De Niro star in this dramedy as a washed-up former comedian who hit the heights of fame in the early '80s by starring in a popular sitcom. Now, after beating up a heckler at a comedy club nostalgia night, the raunchy performer finds himself sentenced to community service at a soup kitchen. There he meets and, rather unfortunately, falls for a sassy young gal (Leslie Mann). The May-December romance feels uncomfortably "Hollywood," and most of the many guest stars here (Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Billy Crystal, Patti LuPone, Charles Grodin) look like they're doing a favor for once-popular director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds, White Nights). Di Niro is decent to watch, but Mann tries too hard to measure up, screaming and crying in nearly every scene. The script (credited to a couple screenwriters and a couple stand-up comics) is all over the map. 119 minutes R.