Misery Loves Comedy

2015 NR 1h 35m DVD

Misery Loves Comedy

2015 NR 1h 35m DVD
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Entertainment industry lore suggests that comics and other funny showbiz folks are often sad or bitter in their personal lives. This engaging documentary explores that belief through candid interviews with Tom Hanks, Martin Short and more.
Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Steve Coogan, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, Larry David, Tom Hanks
Kevin Pollak
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Misery Loves Comedy is a documentary about whether comedians must suffer in order to be truly funny. More than 60 comedians, writers, and directors are interviewed on the topic. Language is the biggest issue, with very frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," and "d--k." Interviewees also mention their past struggles with drugs and/or make references to drugs, alcohol, and sex. Suicide is discussed. There are so many interviewees that coherent messages may be lost, but overall the movie values truth and honesty, even if it doesn't always paint a pretty picture. Teens interested in becoming performers might learn a few illuminating lessons from the movie.

Sexual Content

Some humorous sexual references, including masturbation.


Discussion of a person who wished to commit suicide but discovered comedy instead.


Very frequent use of extremely strong language, especially "f--k," "s--t," and "d--k," plus"c--t," "penis," "idiot," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation). A middle finger gesture.

Social Behavior

Honesty is valued, even if what comes out isn't always exactly pretty. But comedy is also sometimes equated with drugs, in that getting laughs becomes like getting high. Teens thinking about becoming entertainers might find some illuminating take-aways here, both encouraging and discouraging.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some comedians discuss their drug and alcohol use and/or addictions. One interviewee went to rehab and then discovered comedy.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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