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      Enter Laughing

      1967 1h 52m Comedy List
      50% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 38% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In this film based on the life of director Carl Reiner, a young Depression-era New Yorker, David Kolowitz (Reni Santoni), decides to pursue an acting career against the wishes of his parents (Shelley Winters, David Opatoshu) and girlfriend (Janet Margolin). He manages to land a nonpaying role in an off-Broadway show directed by the over-the-hill Harrison B. Marlowe (Jose Ferrer). Despite his lack of experience, David sets out to prove he has what it takes to make it in showbiz. Read More Read Less

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      TIME Magazine Reiner has directed a film version that sticks closely to the words of the play but destroys much of its sly insight into the dawning of awareness in darkest Bronx. Jul 28, 2008 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times An uneven film. Rated: 2/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times A low-pressure, quietly amusing story based on Carl Reiner's entry into show business. Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation Classic film buffs may get a kick out of Ferrer’s larger-than-life cliche and May’s naive turn as an “I wanna be a man-eater, I think” stage star. But there isn’t much else here that causes “laughing.” Rated: 1.5/4 Aug 29, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...suffers from a hopelessly (and aggressively) padded-out feel... Rated: 2/4 May 13, 2021 Full Review Wilfrid Sheed Esquire Magazine A genuine New York City movie in a New Jersey world. Feb 6, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Having some knowledge of theater, I was in stitches. Great cast, good laughs. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Reiner has directed a film version that sticks closely to the words of the play but destroys much of its sly insight into the dawning of awareness in darkest Bronx. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A book written by Carl Reiner was then turner into a play, Carl Reiner then adapted and directed that play into this movie. And the results are... Uninspired. Not without one or two good bits, but Enter Laughing really feels stage bound and suffers as a result. Sorry Carl I <3 U! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A gentle comedy with some wonderful scenes, based on Carl Reiner's adventures in theater. Elaine May is hilarious, as is Jose Ferrer. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this film based on the life of director Carl Reiner, a young Depression-era New Yorker, David Kolowitz (Reni Santoni), decides to pursue an acting career against the wishes of his parents (Shelley Winters, David Opatoshu) and girlfriend (Janet Margolin). He manages to land a nonpaying role in an off-Broadway show directed by the over-the-hill Harrison B. Marlowe (Jose Ferrer). Despite his lack of experience, David sets out to prove he has what it takes to make it in showbiz.
      Director
      Carl Reiner
      Producer
      Carl Reiner, Joseph Stein
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 52m