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Sundance '15 review: 'Call Me Lucky'

Published January 30, 2015 9:48 pm
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"Call Me Lucky"


U.S. Documentary

Comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait pulls off the most noble bait-and-switch act with "Call Me Lucky," a documentary that is by turns funny, rage-inducing, heartbreaking and uplifting. Goldthwait introduces the audience to his friend and mentor, Barry Crimmins, who for years was the most politically sharp and intensely liberal stand-up comedians working. Once Goldthwait establishes how good Crimmins is on stage, and how devoted he is to battling authority in many forms, he turns the story to the start of that anger: Being raped by a babysitter's boyfriend when he was 5 years old. His handling of this as an adult, becoming an activist against online child pornography and an advocate for adult victims of childhood abuse, gives the movie its unexpected heart.

- Sean P. Means

"Call Me Lucky" is screening in the U.S. Documentary competition of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It screens again: Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Holiday Village 1, Park City.




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