Barry Crimmins (TrustMovies hadn't, prior to viewing this new documentary), don't worry. You'll know a lot about this man and his life and career by the time you've finished watching CALL ME LUCKY. This is a life and career filled with event and comedy (angry though much of it is) and not a little surprise, as well. The film's director is Bobcat Goldthwait (shown below), whose movies over recent years -- in quite disparate genres -- I have come to think represent some of the best and most original creations of modern American cinema.
David Cross (shown at bottom) to Margaret Cho, Kevin Meaney to Patton Oswalt). We get a kind of history of both the man and his time: what America was going through in the days when this comic was so funny, so angry, and -- it turns out -- so very helpful to many up-and-coming new stand-up comics. He was a "good guy," even if he seemed to have a kind of half-buried chip on his shoulder.
Where that chip came from and why is something we learn in the course of the film, and since the filmmaker chooses to keep it under wraps for quite a time, so will I. It becomes the major surprise of the movie, and changes the course of the documentary, just as the event itself changed the course of Crimmins' own life. Suddenly we're in the midst of Congressional hearings and testimony that will surprise viewers who may not have paid a lot of attention to AOL at the time, nearly two decades back, during which the Internet was evolving into a major part of our lives and our world.
MPI Media Group, arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download this coming Tuesday, October 13 -- for purchase and/or rental.