Punchline (1988)

Sally Field goes the Roseanne route in Punchline. Field plays a housewife and mother who suddenly develops the urge to be a comedienne. Her comic instincts are on target, but her timing and delivery stinks. Tom Hanks, a stand-up comic with… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 30, 1988
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The problem may be that the movie isn't nearly tough enough. It needs to be more hard-boiled, more merciless in its dissection of egos, more perceptive about the cutthroat nature of show business.

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Steve Crum

Unfunny, at times morose, comedy-drama about standup comics.

Emily Sears

As someone who prefers her comedy with a side of melancholy, I'd say that the performance from Tom Hanks alone makes this a worthwhile watch.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

A movie that engages us with its distinctive blend of humor and heartbreak

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Though Punchline defies the Hollywood penchant for producing either pure comedy or straight drama, its view of those with the guts to stand before an audience and dare them to laugh is oddly uplifting.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Enjoyable thanks to three fantastic performances, a handful of fairly amusing moments, and an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of the stand-up comedy industry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
David Seltzer, could written much better Punchline. Unfortunately, he don't did that. Still, continue being a interesting view of stand-up comedy world.
Cindy I
Sally Field as a stand-up comic? I don't think so...
Kevin M. Williams
Hanks is magnetic as a naturally gifted comic whose funny is the direct result of being a lousy human being. Somehow though he befriends… More
Derek Daniels
Hey, Mr. Hanks! Remember this one? Of course you don't.
Aj V
Two great actors, one boring, predictable, unfunny script about comedians who fall in love. This movie could have been way better.
Dean McKenna
This examination of the world of the stand-up comic centres on self-destructive but brilliant Tom Hanks and housewife Sally Field, who wants more out of life… More