Blu-ray Review: HUMOR ME

HUMOR ME was inspired by the highly popular “Old Jews Telling Jokes.” The movie was written and directed by Sam Hoffman and stars Jemaine Clement, Elliott Gould, Ingrid Michaelson, Priscilla Lopez, Maria Dizzia, Bebe Neuwirth and Annie Potts.

A heartfelt father-son comedy about a struggling playwright who is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad in a New Jersey retirement community, Humor Me is a charming tale about using the power of humor to deal with life’s setbacks. With an interminable case of writer’s block and a personal family crisis, playwright Nate (Jemaine Clement) is forced to move into his father’s (Elliott Gould) retirement community. But a chance encounter with the local community theatre group may help turn his life around … or signal the end of his once promising career for good.

Humor Me follows Nate, a once-acclaimed New York playwright who’s been suffering from writer’s block for over four years and it has left him unable to finish his latest play. What happens is, his wife decides to up and leave him and she takes their son with her and it puts Nate into an even deeper funk. This surprise exit leaves the severely unmotived writer alone and broke, so much so, he’s forced to move in with his comedic father who tries to push him into a positive direction to help him regain his confidence. It takes a little while for Nate to settle in and fit in with the rest of the residents who live in this retirement community but he finally reignites his love for the theater and ultimately repairs his stressed relationship with his loving father.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Humor Me ended up being a breath of fresh air when it comes to the whole father-son subgenre in comedy. We haven’t gotten a movie like this in a while and it’s a welcomed arrival. Even though it has a small touch of slow burn to it, Humor Me is the kind of heartwarming comedy that just makes you feel good after watching it. Sam Hoffman did a really good job for this to be his directorial debut. The movie shows the lighter sides of real-life subjects like relationships, divorce, and even starting over. The entire cast delivered some fine performances and there was something really special with the on screen chemistry between Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement as this quirky father and son duo. Watching these two characters go back and forth at each other was so much fun and it really made for an enjoyable cinematic experience. Humor Me will make its Blu-ray debut on April 17th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, four deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Hoffman and producer Courtney Potts
  • Deleted Scenes (05:16)
  • Trailer (01:45)


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