Are You Joking?

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5.21 h 31 min201513+
Twenty-something New Yorker Barb Schwartz somehow ended up in a life that kinda... sucks. When she's reunited reunited with her childhood BFF, ballet dancer Billy, Barb is inspired to turn her life around by revisiting her first love: comedy.
Directors
Jake Wilson
Starring
Katherine WaterstonJames WolkVanessa Ray
Genres
ComedyArts, Entertainment, and Culture
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Margaret ColinJosh SegarraJackie HoffmanHannibal BuressTituss BurgessHelene YorkeDavid Hull
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3.3 out of 5 stars

71 global ratings

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  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 17% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 15% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 19% of reviews have 1 stars
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AriaReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Ugly person doing ugly things
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This is a movie about an ugly person doing ugly things and feeling sorry for herself... and then becoming "successful." Ugh!

I don't even understand how anyone voted anything more than one star. The main character is a slovenly, disgruntled, self-pitying mess. She goes through several experiences and then in a pivotal scene PEES on a co-workers office floor, hacks into her computer, and steels from her drawer. And we're supposed to relate to this woman? (She's the protagonist...??? Not to me, thank you.)

I kept watching to see redeeming qualities, or a change of heart. And (spoiler alert!) there never is one. She's ugly to the end. She just starts a video blog and becomes famous. Ugh... gross girl, stupid life.

I'm so disappointed I watched this movie to the end.
4 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
The plot felt unfinished
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I loved the moments where the main character was surrounded by crazy people and was the only person who saw how abnormal (but socially acceptable) others were. The actress was quite talented.

However. (SPOILER ALERT)

This movie felt unfinished and I ended up feeling unsettled. She lost her job, her best friend, fought with her family, and felt disconnected with everyone around her. But...it all turned out okay because her videos went viral? I get that her best friend came back and her viral videos could have been a new source of income, but lordy. So much was missing. Such an abrupt ending. I guess if your life's goal is to be viral and famous, sure.
3 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sas has Star Power
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Sas Goldberg is sassy and silly and sensationally sympathetic. I liked her immediately and really was drawn into her world of hellish work, insipid family and courageous adventure. This is what the movie is about. A young woman who does really know what she wants, but can't go after it till her best friend, an artsy dancer gay guy, pushes her into the life she wants. Or does he? I like the relationship portrayed between a straight woman and a gay man--it felt real and deep. I also liked Barb's emotional outbursts----they were raw and heartfelt. All in all, this movie surprised me. I recommend it but do agree with some of the other reviews about the ending. But endings are hard. Overall, it's a very watchable flick, mostly because of Sas. She's a star!
SAIReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Random Funny Movie on a Rainy Day
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Typically, I look for rom-coms or romance movies on here but this one was a tale about young Jewish woman in her late 20's, trapped in a job that she hated because of pressure from her family but she dreamed of doing more. In a weird twist of fate she runs into her former gay bff from middle school when her law school ends up taking on his case and they end up reconnecting. He pushes her to start breaking out of her comfort zone and exploring what she wants out of life. I think the main character is very quirky yet likable and a lot of us can relate to the story line. It's definitely very upbeat and has many funny moments. It encourages many from millennials to baby baby boomers who feel like they're stuck in a rut to try something new and follow their passion. So, I'd definitely recommend it.
One person found this helpful
Jack DonachyReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Couldn't Hang past 20 Minutes
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Nothing happened... Oh, we got to watch the main character yawn. Which we were doing. Here's a recipe for a one star film: combine a character with nothing going on in her life with bad writing, feather in other nothing characters, and do it all at a glacial pace.
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AvivaReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed this, although I didn't laugh as much as ...
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I enjoyed this, although I didn't laugh as much as I wanted to. There were a few parts that were uncomfortable in a sad kind of way, but somehow it's still comical and I felt bad laughing. There were parts that I did find funny, and I thought the main characters were very charming, and the side characters were also well written (except for that main character's "rival" at work, she was pretty shallow).
Sorin MartinReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
funny
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i enjoyed it. I don't believe the bad reviews. There's more to the story there. Maybe a little hate for a funny, pretty, talented, Jewish actress? I hope not.

It's hilarious and I watched it in one sitting. But I enjoy watching people struggle through their first improv class or dealing with their overly judgemental family.
Bob G.Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cultural Commentary
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a cultural commentary on the spreading of viruses via blogging. Didn't find it particularly amusing in any aspect but production quality maintains it as a neutral three star rating.
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