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Screener Squad: I Used To Be Funny

I Used To Be Funny movie review


Wanda Sykes once said “I enjoy stand-up because it has the biggest reward: instant gratification. You can hear the people laughing.” The following film is about a young woman who raised laughter like an au pair raises a widower’s troubled teenage daughter. Sam (Rachel Sennott) is struggling with PTSD from a violent crime committed by a former employer, and who was once a shining star as a stand up comic. Brooke (Olga Petsa) is a teenage girl who just lost her mother to cancer and her father to bad choices and alcoholism. When Brooke runs away, Sam, the former au pair of Brooke, has to decide whether or not to join the search for the runaway and by doing so, decide to leave the safety of her seclusion. This non linear narrative analyzes who these two women were before their trauma, and what road lies ahead for travelers carrying the weight of moments that were out of their control. It’s not all thought provoking philosophical reflections on hope and despair, though. Rachel Sennott and fellow comedians Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Dani Kind, and Hoodo Hersi are here to lighten up the mood with witty banter and comical observations. Bradly, Frank, and Jordan discuss the staying power of dramatic storying telling paired with perfect comedic timing, share some of their own experiences with depression, and triple down on the brilliance of Shiva Baby, Bottoms, and Bodies Bodies Bodies.


DIRECTED BY: Ally Pankiw

STARRING: Rachel Sennott, Sabrina Jalees, Caleb Hearon, Jason Jones, Dani Kind, Ennis Esmer, Dan Beirne, Stephen Alexander, Hoodo Hersi, Miguel Rivas




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



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