PopEntertainment.com

It's all the entertainment you need!

 

FEATURE STORIES MOVIE REVIEWS MUSIC REVIEWS BOX SET REVIEWS TV SHOWS ON DVD CONTESTS CONCERT PHOTOS

 

 

  FEATURE STORIES
  INTERVIEWS A TO E
  INTERVIEWS F TO J
  INTERVIEWS K TO O
  INTERVIEWS P TO T
  INTERVIEWS U TO Z
  INTERVIEWS ACTORS
  INTERVIEWS ACTRESSES
  INTERVIEWS BOOKS
  INTERVIEWS DIRECTORS AND SCREENWRITERS
  INTERVIEWS MUSIC
  INTERVIEWS OSCAR NOMINEES
  INTERVIEWS THEATER
  IN MEMORIAM
  REVIEWS
  MOVIE REVIEWS
  MUSIC REVIEWS
  CONCERT REVIEWS
  BOX SET REPORT CARD
  TV SHOWS ON DVD
  MISCELLANEOUS STUFF & NONSENSE
  CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY
  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
  CONTESTS
  LINKS
  MASTHEAD
  EMAIL US

"WILD YEARS-THE MUSIC & MYTH OF TOM WAITS" BY JAY S. JACOBS

AVAILABLE IN BOOK STORES EVERYWHERE!

 

PopEntertainment.com > Reviews > Movie Reviews > American: The Bill Hicks Story

MOVIE REVIEWS

AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY (2009)

Featuring Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Lynn Hicks, Steve Hicks, Kevin Booth, David Johndrow, James Ladmirault, John Farneti, Andy Huggins and archival footage of Bill Hicks.

Directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas.

Distributed by Variance Films.  102 minutes.  Not Rated.

 

Everyday Beautiful

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Shop.com

 

American: The Bill Hicks Story 

Bill Hicks never received the fame that he undoubtedly deserved, however in stand-up comedy circles and amongst a staunch cult following, he was considered as talented and influential as Lenny Bruce.  Now, seventeen years after his way-too-soon death (of pancreatic cancer at age 32 in 1994), Hicks is legendary amongst those in the know, but mostly forgotten by the general public. 

American: The Bill Hicks Story is a British documentary which sets out to change that. 

It is only partially successful in showing what an extraordinary standup Hicks could be, but it does a terrific job of giving an overview of his life. 

Giving a varied timeline from high school loser to aspiring screenwriter to respected comedian, American uses footage, family photos and talking head material from friends, relatives, fans, collaborators and contemporaries. 

The film shows how experience, growth, political awareness and, frankly, drug use helped to graduate the guy from a pretty standard observational comic into someone whose reach was much more peculiar and pointed.  As Hicks mind expanded he took the audience along for the trip, in ways that were often fascinating, but more than occasionally became a bit of a train wreck. 

One thing not acknowledged here, but is apparent in the clips, is that in his last years, as his stand-up became more topical and pointed, it also became less funny.  Much like Bruce before him, towards the end he was raging against the machine, but it seemed more like a sermon than a comic riff.  There is no doubt that he was passionate about what he was saying, he was no longer focusing on making it humorous. 

However, that is part of Hicks’ story too and if the film may be a tiny bit to in awe of their subject to actually say it, they inadvertently (or perhaps not inadvertently) show that fact.   

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright ©2011 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: June 6, 2011.

 

Enter Gotham City with Batman Costumes from Spirit Halloween! Protect or destroy the city as Batgirl, Robin, or the Joker. Shop now!

RETURN TO MOVIE REVIEWS MENU

Technology Used by Successwful Businesses

125X125

Copyright ©2011 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: June 6, 2011.