Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 91 minutes
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Pretty ballsy of the filmmakers to go with the title “Enemies of Laughter,” seeing that it’s a comedy. They’re just handing their critics ammunition if the film turns out to be stinky. Fortunately, “Enemies” winds up being enjoyable, even though the only character I really liked was the main one, played by David Paymer. Everyone else I wanted to whack in the ass with a tire iron. Let me explain…
David Halpern (Paymer) is a somewhat gloomy writer who tosses his dream of writing plays on the backburner for a career of pounding out jokes for shitty television sitcoms. He also isn’t the biggest ladies man. These two things keep David consistently bummed, even though he keeps a sharp sense of humor about his station in life. So basically, we have kind of a normal guy here – he’s not incredibly happy with his job (who is?) and he’s not lucky in love (many aren’t). The guy’s not the elephant man or anything.
Being that this is so, I don’t understand why many of the pivotal people in his life turn on him, kind of in the way of an intervention. Everyone seems to think that David is fucking his life up royally and they have no qualms about laying into him about it. Jesus, so the guy’s a little unhappy. I mean, maybe I totally misinterpreted what was going on here, but I thought David came off as an alright guy. He certainly doesn’t deserve all the shit that’s heaped upon him. In fact, it got to a point where I wanted David to kill himself, not because I didn’t like him, but because I wanted his “friends” to feel sorry about being such shitheads.
So, basically, I just didn’t understand what was going on here. It’s like a “Twilight Zone” episode this guy’s life turns into. Still, there are some great performances here with David providing all of the humor…when not having to defend himself against his friends.
Posted on August 8, 2003 in Reviews by Eric Campos
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