The Amazing Johnathan Documentary ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The “plot”, or the string of dumb stunts and conspiracies Berman includes to differentiate the film from his competition, is super entertaining. Might put this in masterpiece territory if you were to cut 30 minutes.

But Berman tries to ground that plot in a personal narrative and family history that doesn’t really work for this film. It appears that the source of Berman’s emotional turmoil comes down to some minor misunderstandings, which means you can argue the entire movie wouldn’t exist if Berman were better at having difficult conversations. It reduces both the comic impact and dramatic stakes... the pacing’s like Tim and Eric intercut with mediocre prestige TV.