Funny Bones

Funny Bones

Streaming Video - 1995
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This hilarious and touching comedy is about a struggling second-generation stage comedian who returns to the England of his childhood to find the source of humor that made his dad so successful. In the process, he discovers some startling secrets in his family's history, and the truth about his father. It is at this point he begins to rediscover the way to make audiences like him again.
Publisher: [United States] : Hollywood Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 1995
ISBN: 9780788843853
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 127 min.)) : sd., col
Call Number: eVideo

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PSmith1983 Apr 16, 2019

Came out at a time where people like Eddie Murphy and Jim Carrey were dominating the comedy world on the big screen and it seemed like nothing could stop them. It was true, not even this little film made with comedic talent from overseas could rake in enough money at the box office.

It's quite possible that this humor was lost (as it often happens) on American audiences by showcasing talents of actors and comedians from the 1940s-1970s and flanked by newcomer (now well-known in the UK at least) Lee Evans who truly does give us a great look at his comedic abilities in both physical attributes and timing, but otherwise, this film is way too long (128 minutes) in giving us what is essentially what many would consider a Cirque du Soleil performance which can otherwise just be enjoyed by way of YouTube videos.

If you can stomach 128 minutes, give it a try, but even Jerry Lewis who plays lead actor Oliver Platt's Dad in the film, looks tired to be there and clearly only did this for a paycheck to pad out his time where he was appearing in a revival of 'Damn Yankees'. Not even Jerry can save this random mid-90s release.

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

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A great movie with fantastic characters. They don't make comedies like this anymore.

HallandGorcey Oct 27, 2014

Jerry Lewis is absolutely brilliant in the film. Probably his second best dramatic performance next to Scorsese's The King of Comedy.

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