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2 reviews, 11 user ratings



Bill Cosby: Himself
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Face it, he was always a dick."
3 stars

Many people's primary impression of Bill Cosby was this Ontario-shot concert film, which holds a camera on a mostly-seated Cosby at all times (disregarding the audience) and has a strange backdrop that keeps changing color.

It has some fine moments — “Chocolate Cake for Breakfast,” “Dentists,” and a terrific one-way conversation between a drunk and a toilet: “Thank you, toilet bowl...thank you for being so cool on the side...only you understand me, toilet bowl...” But it’s clear that Cosby has lost something vital to his original appeal.

In his early work, he turned childhood memories into surreal magic, and “Chicken Heart,” though it owes its inspiration to the Arch Oboler program, bids fair to being Cosby’s true gravestone piece. But here Cosby’s a father of five, and he breaks faith with those who enjoyed his raps about being a kid. Now he’s a baffled parent trying to make sense of children who, he keeps repeating, have “brain damage.” So a lot of the material comes off as mean-spirited (and in hindsight chilling, as when his furious wife demands that he “kill the boy” — Ennis, shot dead in 1997). The audience stiffens with embarrassment when Cosby admits he wanted his first child to be a boy (“May your foist child be a masculine child,” eh, Luca Brasi?) and was disappointed when it wasn’t. (It’s jock thinking — he wants a football hero, not a son.)

Earlier, Cosby makes fun of druggies, clearly considering himself superior to them — unlike Richard Pryor, who made us see the humanity in junkies, because he was one. Cosby’s bit about the drunk and the toilet plays nicely, because he gives the impression that, like many of us, he’s been there. But too much of the film is Cosby passing judgment, as if comedy weren’t good enough anymore; he also has to tell us a thing or two.

As he later did on his smash "Cosby Show" and in his dotage as a sermonizing lecturer on black responsibility (before the numerous rape allegations tarnished his credibility forever), he turns himself into a flatulent moralizer dedicated to our improvement. The tone becomes didactic and insulting.

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User Comments

2/12/17 morris campbell no one thinks this rapist is funny 1 stars
10/15/09 Jeff Wilder One of the best feature length stand-up movies. 4 stars
8/30/07 sofoklis sevastidis the greatest comedy ever. you laugh till it hurts! thank you bill! 5 stars
5/31/05 Kins I agree with "Mr. Hat" 4 stars
12/19/03 Jenny Rosetti It was great!!!! 5 stars
11/23/02 Charles Tatum One of the funniest stand up concerts ever 5 stars
10/19/01 Andrew Carden A Very Bad Waste Of Cosby's Talent, Horrible Jokes and Lines. 1 stars
8/09/01 Mr. Hat That's not really Adam Sandler. BILL IS A VERY VERY FUNNY PERSON. 5 stars
5/07/01 Pete Wrigley abba ibby skibby ibby. myby libip. 5 stars
2/01/01 James it is hillarious 4 stars
7/23/99 Adam Sandler Cosby is such a stupid smelly turd. I'm much funnier. 1 stars
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USA
  17-Jan-1982 (PG)
  DVD: 10-Aug-2004

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Australia
  17-Jan-1982 (PG)


Directed by
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Written by
  Bill Cosby

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  Bill Cosby



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