Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic

Title: Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)
Dir: Liam Lynch
Rating: *** out of 5 stars

Jesus Is Magic is a collection of sketches and stand-up (with a live audience) written and performed by the ever-offensive comedienne, Sarah Silverman. When asked to describe her own show, Silverman says, "It's about AIDS. And the Holocaust." Nuff said.

Needless to say, this movie is all about Sarah. All it really does is showcase her stand-up (like Spike Lee's The Original Kings of Comedy), so I don't really think she needed a whole film. This could have been an equally-good special on HBO, but still, kudos to Silverman for getting the backing and a platform where she can say whatever she wants.

Silverman's stand-up has its misses, but overall is pretty damn funny (no surprise there). She's a gal after my own heart, unafraid to say the most offensive thing imaginable for a laugh. I didn't find Sarah's musical sketches as funny as the stand-up portion, with the exception of her visit to the old folk's home. And beyond the skits and stand-up, there is nothing. Herein lies the movie's problem - it gets a little old.

As I said before, it's not really a movie, so don't expect one. There is no real plot, no developed characters - just a string of jokes. Jesus Is Magic doesn't really stand on its own as a film, although it would've been an ideal comedy special.