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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
A documentary that follows the former Tonight Show. Filmed during Conan’s ”Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” comedy tour, after his departure from the Tonight Show, takes viewers into an intimate journey of O’Brien’s life.
God damn, this perfectly captures the exhausting emotional struggles a Harvard-educated-middle-aged-white-male-millionaire faces when crowds of people are screaming for autographs and photos!
As a Conan fan, It's hard not to enjoy this on some level, and there's some really great moments, but It's mainly complaining and excerpts from his tour that I wish I could have seen.
Fascinating, problematic exploration of Conan O'Brien's weird in-between time between THE TONIGHT SHOW and CONAN. O'Brien is at his most irritable and manic here as he leaves the bubble of his NBC show for an even stranger, more disorienting bubble of constant performances, meet and greets and constant demands for his attention. In a weird way, the film reminds me a little of MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY. If nothing else, this movie suggests that celebrity can be as miserable for people seemingly built for it (like Conan) as it is for the gloomy Thom Yorkes of the world.
Very underwhelming. The movie gave me no enlightenment, and not many laughs. This is coming from a fan of Conan O'Brien. I will admit that my affection for the ginger has been going down steadily however. I think his style of humor can become grating over time. He throws everything out there and sees what sticks. The self loathing shtick worked for a time, but now seems to be getting old.
The Documentary probably played better when the whole, Conan vs. NBC, thing was a hot topic. Though nowadays I'm betting most people have almost forgotten about Mr O'brien, and everyone is enamored with Jimmy Fallon. While watching this film, I couldnt help but think, "Im glad Fallon has The…
To be honest, even if this movie sucked I probably would've rated it positively because I just love that orange haired son of a bitch. It doesn't suck though!
Unlike a lot of comedians who tend to be a lot more mellow off stage, Conan appears to have the same persona on and off stage; he literally can't stop making jokes and being a clownish character. I loved seeing the brief glimpses of his family. His two kids are pretty damn cute. There's some nice cameos from the likes of Jack McBrayer, Tenacious D, John Hammm, etc.
Definitely a much watch for all Conan fans, though most have probably seen it already.
Also on a sidenote. The director is a guy called Rodman Flender. It sounds like a Coen bros pseudonym. Or a porn star.
Depends on how much you love Conan O'Brien. I haven't watched his show much, so seeing this documentary (choppy, exhausting collection of his home movies) didn't do much for me.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have obsessed over comedy and show business since I was little. I just realised this is the only documentary on my list, I'm not a huge fan of documentaries especially the one's released in the last 15 years - the over dramatisation of subject matter, trying to make you feel like this documentary is the most important thing you'll ever see, offsets me a bit.
The more 'fly on the wall' the better for me, and while this subject matter is really light and feels like a glorified home movie, it's compelling to me because I love seeing a show put together. Conan O'brien let loose is one of the funniest people in the world to me, his talk…
Interesting look back to Conan's tour after leaving the Tonight Show.
Conan is the perpetual showman. A man constantly trying to make people laugh every minute of his life, or at least that's how he comes across in 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop'. That obsession also turns into meanness, especially when he's feeling things aren't working or is tired. And he's always tired. A 38 stops tour will do that to you. Especially when your still working on your supposed days off, jumping about like a loony for 2 hours a night, then still doing meet and greets with fans who've paid and fans who haven't afterwards.
I can see why some people find him arrogant and a bully, he physically assaults most of his staff members throughout the film for laughs, often going way too far in his attacks. However it's always done due to his obsession to get things right, and you have to slightly admire the man for that.
Fascinating documentary on addiction and the entertainment industry told through the experiences of an incredibly honest funny man
There's something really wonderful when one is presented with full and complete transparency, as the audience is presented in "Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop". This is a documentary about the live show that talk show host Conan O'Brien performed during the time that he was forbidden from appearing from television after being fired from his talk show job at NBC.
I've always enjoyed O'Brien's material on his show for this very reason - you really do feel like he's never holding back, nor does he censor himself. In his all his skits and bits he does on his show, you get the feeling that he really is essentially how he presents himself, which sets him apart from essentially all other famous…
I love Conan O'Brien, so this was a nice little treat.
Really great to see the work that goes into a tour of this kind.
Maybe would have liked to see a bit more of the effect the cancellation had on O'Brien.
Very different from the man that we see on television, Conan O'Brien is a much deeper, cynical man than he appears. Constantly striving for perfection, he often takes his anger out on those around him and Conan's onscreen personality simply does not scream that type of persona. The traveling aspect of the film is somewhat lacking, but I feel that the point of film is to show a man who is at the beck and call of his fans and how it drains him at times. Ultimately, I was hoping for more humor, but it is definitely insightful to see the man behind the "mask".
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