- Written by
- Rick Alverson, Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker
- Directed by
- Rick Alverson
- Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera
Neil Hamburger's not for everyone. Neither is Rick Alverson's Entertainment, which follows a version of the pained funnyman (alter-ego of comic Gregg Turkington) on a bleak road trip across the empty American Southwest.
Off-stage, the comedian (Turkington is billed only as The Comedian in the credits) is a ball of existential angst and tightly coiled despair, barely pulling himself together long enough to perform, or to weather the chumminess of his oblivious cousin (John C. Reilly).
But like Hamburger's meta-hacky comedy routine, the film confronts and challenges in order to produce something increasingly rare in American cinema: an active, engaged experience. The restlessness and discomfort are productive.