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Jason Alexander stars in this comedy about a well-regarded sports talk show host and columnist who struggles to get the respect and admiration from his family that he gets from his fans. Based on the writings of real-life sports commentator and columnist Tony Kornheiser, Tony Kleinman is an irreverent sports show host who banters about all things sports with his witty sidekick, Bernie Widmer, a former football player turned sports show host, on their television talk show, Listen Up. Tony has also begun writing a humorous syndicated newspaper column that includes commentary on his family who are less than thrilled to have their trials and tribulations made public. Tony's wife, Dana works as a fundraiser. While not a sports fan, she is always supportive of her paranoid and obsessive-but-loving husband. Megan is the Kleinmans' 14-year-old know-it-all, soccer-playing daughter. Mickey is their 15-year-old golf prodigy son. While Tony's inability to self-edit before broadcasting his thoughts is what makes him most endearing to his fans, it keeps his friends and family on their toes as everything could be fodder for his column.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Listen Up Philip is a 2014 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014, and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival.
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Listen Up Philip received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film 84% based on 101 critics and an audience rating of 55%. On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, it has an average score of 76 from 32 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Scott Foundas of Variety, in his review said that “Jason Schwartzman shines as a self-absorbed writer who doesn't quite learn the error of his ways in Alex Ross Perry's sharp and darkly funny third feature.” Todd McCarthy in his review for The Hollywood Reporter praised the film by saying that “[An] indisputably talented work for its risk-taking, dark humor and barbed portraiture of creative individuals.” Richard Brody of The New Yorker, praised the film by saying that “I can't think of a recent movie that stages with as much joy and wonder the sense of living a life that becomes, directly or obliquely, in action or in idea, the stuff of art.” Sam Fragoso in his review for RogerEbert.com said that “Alex Ross Perry's third feature film is his most narratively satisfying and intellectually demanding one, demonstrating a maturation in both style and substance.” Rodrigo Perez of Indiewire, graded the film A- and said that “A deeply misanthropic portrait of narcissism, the brittle nature of artistic talent and the struggles of living in New York City, this toxic comedy pulls very few punches when it needs to get really nasty.” The A.V. Club's Ignatiy Vishnevetsky called it “a howlingly funny black comedy with really sharp teeth,” going on to say: “Writing pithy wisecracks is easy. What Perry does is write banter that reveals his character’s insecurities and weaknesses; [...] There’s a level of criticism at play in the film, which immediately sets it apart from similarly set New York art-world horror stories, but it doesn’t cancel out the writer-director’s clear empathy for his characters, who never quite manage to empathize with each other. This sort of mature perspective is a rare thing, and Listen Up Philip establishes Perry as a major talent.”
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