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Call Me Lucky

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Bobcat Goldthwait

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About the Movie

CALL ME LUCKY tells the story of Barry Crimmins, a politically outspoken and whip-smart comic whose efforts in the 70s and 80s fostered the talents of the next generation of standup comedians. But beneath Crimmins’ gruff, hard-drinking, curmudgeonly persona lay an undercurrent of rage stemming from his long-suppressed and horrific abuse as a child – a rage that eventually found its way out of the comedy clubs and television shows and into the political arena. Featuring intimate interviews with both comedians and activists alike, director Bobcat Goldthwait’s (World’s Greatest Dad, God Bless America) CALL ME LUCKY is an inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An earnest homage that also honors Mr. Crimmins's crusade to drive child pornography off the Internet. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Aug 6, 2015

Fresh: Bobcat Goldthwait's documentary about an underappreciated comedic mentor packs an unexpected wallop. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Feb 3, 2015

Fresh: Interspersing clips of his daredevil comedy days in Boston to more recent sojourns at his reclusive upstate New York dwelling, [the] film is both a personality profile and a sociological-political satire of the places and times that Crimmins skewered. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 3, 2015

Rotten: As Goldthwait repeatedly returns to footage of a recent performance by Crimmins, in which he's introduced as a great entertainer, all we see are the aimless rants of a self-righteous blowhard. – Alan Zilberman, Washington Post, Aug 6, 2015

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Customer Reviews


Such a wonderful documentary by Bobcat Goldthwait about Barry Crimmins' life. It's dark and funny! I highly recommend it. You will love it!

Angry, Bold, Brave And Important

Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary about comedian and human rights activist, Barry Crimmins, is like a blunt wake-up call. I was completely unaware of Crimmins and the vital role he has played in fighting to save children and to encourage survivors of childhood sexual abuse to speak out and seek help.

This is one comic who has a full-on duty to be angry. To state that he is “brave” is an understatement. He has and continues to take on politicians, The Vatican, hypocrisy and the audience if required. Crimmins is anything but “crazy” — he is a very sane hero.

Bobcat Goldthwait has long had my admiration, but this is an assured and fantastic use of his credit and talent in bringing this amazing man and his mission to a wider audience.

A must see, but it is disturbing. It needs to be. As for the Washington Post review. Ignore it.

Another gem from the Bobcat

I will admit that I have been a big Bobcat fan going back as far as the good ol’ days when Scott Baio was the antichrist. While in his past films you could see the beating heart beneath the occasional shocking set up, this movie is all heart (but not without it’s own horrifying, albeit true, moments). Beautifully shot and edited, his love for his mentor shines through in every frame. A truly great documentary about a wise, funny and troubled man.

Call Me Lucky
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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