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The King of Comedy
Scorsese's media satire sometimes seems like Taxi Driver played for laughs.


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Plot
Rupert (De Niro) is determined to become a famous comic genius and takes to stalking his favourite talk show host (Lewis) to get a spot on TV. After being given the run-around, Rupert decides to take matters into his own hands with the help of crazed friend Masha (Bernhard).


Verdict
Scorses's skill as a scene-maker are fully evident and Lewis' quietly rageful performance offers to out-do De Niro in intensity, but neither funny enough to be an effective black comedy nor scary enough to capitalise on its thriller/horror elements, The King Of Comedy sits awkwardly between the two.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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