Sep 29, 2011

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Review

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A documentary following Conan on his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour, filmed between the time Conan was fired from The Tonight Show on NBC and when he was picked up for his new show Conan on TBS.

What really stood out to me about this film is how stressful show business is. We see Conan have fun, laugh, make others laugh, and have a good time, but we also see him on the verge of a mental breakdown at times and other times lashing out at people and vent his frustrations. A big part of the stress comes from unwritten rules of autograph etiquette. At one point in this movie (minor spoiler alert), Conan prides himself as always having time for his fans, but there are other times where he really needs his alone time and is constantly interrupted.

My Highlights:
Discussion of anti-antisemitism, Jack McBrayer, and the chemistry between Conan and his assistant (particularly on the plane ride).

Overall Rating:
While it's really eye opening how the stress of a tour and the entertainment business comes off on an everyman (which is how I've always seen and connected to Conan), I felt like there could have been just a little bit something more to make this story interesting. Maybe if we had seen contract negotiations in process to get Conan back on TV, or more Jack White, or maybe if they drove their tour bus over an opening bridge to escape the police during a shoot-out, this film would have been more engrossing. Still a really great film though and very interesting. 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
If you're a huge fan of Coco, you'll want to see this film as soon as possible. There's a ton of guest stars and you'll really get a feel of who he is at his best and worst, as well as how the creative process goes behind his comedy. You can currently catch this film like I did on Netflix Instant Watch (sad that I'll soon be referring to this as just Netflix given the Qwikster spin-off).

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