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Crying With Laughter

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Building a drama around a stand-up comedian is a risky prospect: there’s always a chance the audience is going to want more of the comedy and less of the soul searching and self-loathing that goes with the job. And they don’t come more redemption-ready than Scots shock comic Joey Frisk (Stephen McCole, pictured), who might be successful if his coke habit, six-year-old daughter and creepy old schoolfriend and stalker Frank (Malcolm Shields) weren’t all getting in the way. First time writer-director Justin Molotnikov sets himself a challenge, juggling a painfully intimate pitch-black character study with a gloomy, claustrophobic genre thriller. It doesn’t all work – the digital photography is bland and the more melodramatic aspects of the plot are unwieldy. But ‘Crying with Laughter’ is an impressive low-budget debut. It builds on McCole’s seedy central performance to create a believable and sympathetic portrait of a bitter, beaten man finding his way back to the world.
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 16 April 2010
  • Duration:89 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Justin Molotnikov
  • Screenwriter:Justin Molotnikov
  • Cast:
    • Stephen McCole
    • Malcolm Shields
    • Jo Hartley
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