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3.47

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6 reviews, 19 user ratings



Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
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by Jay Seaver

"Laughing, but wanting to laugh harder, is a kind of torture, isn't it?"
3 stars

Someday, hopefully someday soon, somebody in Hollywood is going to figure out how to use Sarah Silverman. Whenever she shows up on a talk show or other event where she's not playing a character, she comes across as smart, sexy, playful, and funny. Whenever she tries to play a part, though, I always get the nagging feeling that she should be better than what we're seeing on-screen.

Such is the case with Jesus Is Magic, a short concert film with skits and musical numbers interspersed. Here, her character is an exaggeratedly self-centered comedienne who jokes about grim or controversial subjects but has all the capability for understanding and empathy of a spoiled brat of fourteen. The humor comes from the audience recognizing that it's an act, or the realization that deep down inside, we all look at the world from a perspective of "how does this affect me?" Or at least, it does about half the time.

Ms. Silverman's got good comic timing, and some of the bits where she gets off the stage and does a skit or number have a sort of exuberant absurdity. It's a good thing, because a brief post-credits scene demonstrates very clearly that it's not just what you say, but how you say it. Indeed, for material that involves casual racism, callousness, and vanity, it's mostly how you tell it, because the joke itself isn't very funny.

And that's okay, I suppose. I suspect an audience member's reaction to this movie depends heavily on how much the meta-joke, or whatever you call it, works for him or her. Once you get past "oh my god, she's making jokes about 9/11" to "it's funny because a self-absorbed character like her would feel harder hit by finding out something's not low-carb than a massive terrorist attack", several later bits are kind of just re-iterations: "Oh my god, she's making jokes about AIDS, but it's kind of funny because..." And so on. She's not a complete one-trick pony, but she does go to trick number one quite a bit.

Not a bad movie, and it walks its tightrope well - not the one between being disrespectful and being funny, but the one between courting controversy and recognizing that doing so can be a cheap trick.

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originally posted: 12/19/05 13:30:23
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User Comments

8/09/13 Matthew Thompson Dalldorf Sarah is clever and funny. What's everyone's problem? 4 stars
4/26/12 Jesus Thanks for the good word, but Sarah, you are smug and unfunny. Now apologize. 1 stars
12/31/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess The stand-up is great, but the skits get in the way. Still well worth watching 4 stars
8/10/09 qblgirl the best comedy is well researched and at times meaningful...hers is just sad 2 stars
7/04/09 Moon cow Silverman is hot 5 stars
2/17/08 Pamela White hard sitting thru stupid stuff 1 stars
7/25/07 Wayne Reses I was drinking milk and it was coming out of my nose 5 stars
3/24/07 chris. should have just been her standup, and longer! i'm a guy and not "crushing on" her, fuckwad 4 stars
2/20/07 johnnyfog I wanna fuck her. But she's just too offensive to be funny. 3 stars
9/14/06 josie the catty puss Boys laugh at SS b/c they're crushing on her. "Brassy & sassy"? Maybe. Funny? Nope! 1 stars
7/11/06 Indrid Cold I'm afraid I have now been added to the legion of guys who are in love with Sarah. 4 stars
6/19/06 Monday Morning I was ready to love it, but it was very underwhealming. Song segments are awful. 3 stars
1/19/06 Ole Man Bourbon Amusing. SS has a very weird self-image apparently. 4 stars
11/30/05 joey squids best holocost jokes i ever heard.... 5 stars
11/28/05 Rich B. Laughed so effing hard.. but i'm jewish.. 5 stars
11/17/05 Jabber Ugly, unfunny cunt. 1 stars
10/11/05 Wayne Reses awesome - and I'm 100 percent jewish 5 stars
3/23/05 Donald fabulous. Couldn't stop laughing 5 stars
3/13/05 pooper Sometimes hysterical, but also a little slow in parts. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  11-Nov-2005 (NR)
  DVD: 06-Jun-2006

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Directed by
  Liam Lynch

Written by
  Sarah Silverman

Cast
  Sarah Silverman



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