Punchline (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

USA, 1988.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Fogwood, IndieProd Company Productions.  Screenplay by David Seltzer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Sally Field gives a spirited performance as a bored housewife who realizes that her observations on suburban living make for great standup fare. She pursues a career in the field by attending amateur nights, and eventually finds herself squaring off with a failed med student turned comic (Tom Hanks) who at first resists her but then finds himself growing fond of her personality. It’s so rare to see Field developing her adorable comedic side that any fan of hers should definitely see this film, though be warned the stand-up comedy scenes aren’t nearly as funny as they should be. She and Hanks have terrific chemistry, though, and he completely lights up the screen every time he takes to the stage alone.

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