Documentary filmmaking has evolved during the nineties. The word documentary brings up thoughts of newsy, hard-hitting investigations, but directors have been exploring the area of comedic documentaries over the past few years. One of the best is Get Bruce.
The film profiles comedy writer Bruce Vilanch - wordsmith to the stars. Vilanch is Hollywood's most sought after comedy writer for awards programs, charity events and one-liners. He is best known for his work with Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Bette Midler. Whenever you see one of these heavyweights speaking in public, chances are they worked with Bruce to hone their act and come up with a few funny lines.
In the film, we learn about Bruce's start in the business (very funny and embarrassing), his fortuitous partnership with Bette Midler and the many memorable comedic moments that he was behind. If you rent the film, you will be amazed at the many legendary moments that he created ranging from Oscar Awards show moments to Johnny Carson's final broadcasts. The viewer also gets a glimpse behind the scenes with Bruce as we watch him work and hear from the many stars he has helped. It is a wonderful look into Hollywood and what makes all those stars look so good. If you are not familiar with "how the game is played", it is a wonderful primer.
The best part of the movie is Bruce's battles with the ABC censor during the Oscars. You will be amused as many stars complain about the great jokes they couldn't tell because of one fuddy duddy censor.
If you want to try something a little different this weekend, check out Get Bruce.
Directed by Andrew Keuhn
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