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The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy
  • PG
  • 1h 49m
  • 1983
Certified Fresh90%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro gives a mesmerizing performance in Martin Scorsese’s timeless, darkly funny satire as Rupert Pupkin, a deranged comedian who will go to any length to gain the spotlight. Teaming with an equally imbalanced woman (Sandra Bernhard), Pupkin kidnaps his idol, jaded TV talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). The ransom? Pupkin gets one appearance on Langford’s show.
© 1982 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: Largely misunderstood upon its release, The King of Comedy today looks eerily prescient, and features a fine performance by Robert DeNiro as a strangely sympathetic psychopath.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Scorsese movie about the perils of fame has mature themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The King of Comedy is director Martin Scorsese's disturbing examination of the corrupting nature of fame and its troubling effect on mentally unstable people who seek it. The language never gets much rougher than "bastard" and "schmuck," but the central character is a sociopath who obeys no boundaries, neither social nor legal. After he resorts to kidnapping a comic whose talk show he wants to be on, his comedy routine reveals a childhood dominated by abusive alcoholic parents, bullying, and beatings at school. A mentally unstable woman strips to her bra and panties in the hope of making love with the celebrity she has kidnapped.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:February 11, 1983
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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