George Carlin’s American Dream (2022)

Directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio

Interviews include Carlin’s friends and family. Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Bette Midler, Jon Stewart

George Carlin for me was the actor who played Rufus in the films Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Also, he played a character in the Prince of Tides, but as years went by I saw clips of his stand-up comedy. When this documentary showed on HBO Max I wanted to see it.

The documentary is divided into two long episodes, each episode lasts about two hours, so I think those that are true fans of Carlin will sit through it, or those like me who just love to see the stories of people and go behind their work. this documentary goes deep into the life of George and his work. I loved the documentary and being honest, I loved it for the personal stuff rather than the look at his comedy. A story of a long-married with many ups and downs that they were able to overcome. of course, comedy is a big part of the documentary and he was a comedian that broke barriers and pushed boundaries going against censorship and talking about social themes. I can’t deny he was funny even if you don’t agree with his opinions he just makes you laugh.

Some of the work itself I did not find funny, but still as a documentary this is a great film. because it definitively takes a controversial figure and allows the audience to make their judgment, it does not condemn or defend, he is presented as he is and the audience decides if h likes it or not. I enjoyed the documentary and seeing this man’s process and how he worked. He was funny no doubt about it and he was, like Chappelle, a comedian who made us laugh whether we wanted to or not about culture and its imperfections. And there is a montage that showed recent events along with his comedy and the relevance is just amazing. He is one of those artists that you would want to know what they would say today.

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