Wednesday, September 6, 2017

George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances (2001)

Director: Rocco Urbisci

Writer: George Carlin

Starring: George Carlin

More info: IMDb

Plot: In "Complaints & Grievances," George Carlin's 12th HBO comedy special, taped at the Beacon Theater in New York on November 17, 2001 (ten weeks after 9/11), Carlin casts his usual jaundiced eye on America and its inhabitants.From the events of 9/11, to the Ten Commandments, to why you should never stop if you run someone over with your car, nothing is sacred to this 45-year veteran of the comedy scene. Self-help books, answering machines, gun nuts, visors, motivational seminars, pictures of children, singers with one name, hot air balloons and guys named Todd; take your pick. They all come in for a special, closer Carlin look in this latest hilarious collection.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Fuck Tucker.  Tucker sucks.  Hahahahaha.  Carlin was a genius comedian and he's one of the few entertainers that I feel like the world is a lonelier place without him.  I love his voice (his words and his speaking voice).  He can easily be seen as a grumpy old man but that's if you don't pay attention.  His jokes ran from base and vulgar to brilliant and clever.  Many of his observations are dead on target.  His closing bit on the ten commandments is a perfect example of Carlin whittling an idea down to the core all the while staying completely logical and incredibly funny.  It's worth seeing just for that several minute routine.  It's beautiful.

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