welcome to lobos reviews

title image

Movie Review: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Alternate Title: A Work in Progress

Story: I guarantee you that when you leave the theater you will have a different impression of Joan Rivers than you did before you entered the theater. This is NOT the Joan Rivers that you hate to watch on that proverbial Red Carpet. Deftly and objectively directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg and written by Ms. Stern we get to meet a woman, who at then age 75 (now 77) has more energy than most people half her age.

We get to see how Joan Rivers thinks, emotes, creates and runs her life. She has no plans to ever retire and spends most of the film hustling for more gigs, commercials and new opportunities. She writes a play, competes in Celebrity Apprentice and financially supports a huge number of people.

Using terrific file footage we watch a very young Joan Rivers with Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. We get to see Joan at her best and at her worst. She invites the crew to film inside her apartment which is an eye popping hoot. One of my favorite lines (and there are plenty of belly laughs in the film) is when she says as she is showing off her NYC apartment "this is where Marie Antoinette would live if she had the money."

Take a break from political correctness and go see this vastly entertaining film.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKl021VLhuk

Acting: It is a documentary - so this category does not apply.

Trivia: Joan Rivers was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. Her given name was Joan Alexandra Molinsky . She is of Russian-Jewish heritage. She graduated from Barnard College. She is the national spokesperson for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Started performing as a stand-up comedienne using the stage name Pepper January. About 1982, she was appointed the first permanent guest hostess on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962). She infuriated Johnny Carson when she left to host her own show, "The Late Show" (1986) on rival Fox network. Johnny Carson never spoke to her again.

Predilection: None

Critters: Joan's dog.

Food: A Thanksgiving feast and food delivered to homebound AIDS or other ill patients.

Sex Spectrum: Hysterical jokes about sex - but none to watch.

Opening Titles: The opening sequence is a close-up of Joan getting her makeup put on for a gig. A bit scary - but you get used to it.

Visual Art: Her apartment is visually quite something to see.

Theater Audience: A fairly crowded Chelsea crowd for the first show on a Saturday morning.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: You could easily watch this on the small screen but I always recommend the BIG screen.

Length: 90 minutes