Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

*** WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ***
I went to see “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” last night. It is a documentary of a year in the life of Joan Rivers.

Joan Rivers is a human, female, Jewish, comedienne. You can read her bio here.

This documentary starts as Joan is preparing her play about her life story for Scotland and English theater. She hopes it’ll be successful there, so she can bring it back to America (read: NY and LA). She expresses concern that American critics will view her play as an unflattering caricature.
Unfortunately, while the play is received well by the audience, critics are harsh.

Joan tells us that she sees herself as an actress and the failure of her play proves that she will never be viewed as such.
However, from the clips of her play that are shown in the movie, it appears she’s doing stand-up comedy about her life. If that’s what her play consisted of, her conclusion is unfair to herself. Perhaps if she took on a dramatic role, she could make the audience forget that she’s funny and instead take her seriously as an actress.

The film shows Joan as a funny, caring, woman, comedienne, mother, friend, and business woman.

I give it a 6 out of 10. It’s a funny documentary. If you like stand up comedy or documentaries, you should give this film a try.

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3 Responses to “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”

  1. raybannnzzz Says:

    Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work just came out, and I saw it with some of my buddies over the weekend. I have to say it was probably the best movie, documentary or otherwise, that I have seen all summer. Top five all year

  2. Les bleus Says:

    Me too RayBanz, I really feel like we got a legitimate inside look at celebrity life in Joan’s movie. That’s something I didn’t expect, but also something I loved about it

    • alarbean Says:

      Joan says in the film that she’s an actress. She plays the role of a comic. That admission, while praiseworthy, made me wonder how much of her emotion is real and how much of it is her playing a role. I assumed in this review that it was genuine. I wonder if by doing so I’m insulting her acting abilities.

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