Bobcat Goldthwait‘s recent reinvention as a filmmaker has yielded some very interesting results. This quirky stand-up from the ’80s who appeared in a couple Police Academy movies has become a bold, daring filmmaker. His pitch black comedies World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America push the boundries of taste while provide some dark laughs under layers of social commentary. And though I missed his Bigfoot movie Willow Creek, I’m dying to see what Goldthwait will do with Call Me Lucky, his first foray into documentary filmmaking. Early word out of the festivals on Call Me Lucky have been effusive with praise.
Call Me Lucky is a portrait of Barry Crimmins, who could probably be best described as a comics’ comic. He’s the kind of comedian that is wildly influential without ever crossing over into mainstream success. But as the trailer shows, Crimmins was driven by much more than the need to crack jokes, throwing himself into the political realm unlike any other comedian of his era. Unfamiliar with the story of Barry Crimmins, this trailer did more than enough to get me interested in the film. Call Me Lucky opens in theaters August 7th, 2015.
The official synopsis for Call Me Lucky:
An inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures, CALL ME LUCKY tells the story of Barry Crimmins, a beer-swilling, politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians.
But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena.
Featuring intimate interviews with both comedians and activists alike, director Bobcat Goldthwait’s (*World’s Greatest Dad, God Bless America*) CALL ME LUCKY bravely tells Crimmins’ incredible story of transformation from a rage-fueled funnyman into an acclaimed proponent of justice who personified the healing power of comedy