Similar in premise and tone to Danny Collins and about on the same level of quality despite being disproportionately more comedic, The Comedian boldly sticks to its guns and never descends into mawkish territory. Just when the romance between a very good Robert De Niro and a great Leslie Mann has the chance to traverse sentimental territory, it zigs and creates a more complex character portrait. Very fun stuff.
It's a tragic waste of some of the best performances of last year. Danny DeVito, Patti LuPone, and (especially) Leslie Mann are all so perfect but the script is too meandering to channel their efforts into something worthwhile.