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CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN is a comedy/mockumentary that weaves in and out of the bi-polar world of Jonathan Winters, where reality and fantasy collide. Jonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is also a gifted painter who dreams of having his work hang in the Museum of Modern Art. The filmmakers show his work to a famous art critic who believes Jonathan is "the missing link between Miro and Dali" and he convinces the museum to give Jonathan a show. They agree, but only if he paints three new paintings. Jonathan launches into a creative frenzy, but disaster strikes when his favorite painting is stolen along with his sense of humor. Without his humor, Jonathan can't paint and is about to lose the opportunity of a lifetime. Jonathan sets out on a quest to get his mojo back, with the help of Howie Mandel, Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner, Nora Dunn, Ryan Stiles, Tim Conway, Robert Klein, Kevin Dunn, Gary Owens, and the Arquettes.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 12
- Fresh: 3
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 4.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Observing his subject both on and off medication (Mr. Winters says he is bipolar), Mr. Pasternak has produced a film that feels depressingly exploitative.
Rotten: Winters deserves better.
Rotten: For a movie literally about "finding the funny," it's ironic that director Jim Pasternak too rarely does in his fitfully lively but mostly awkward mockumentary "Certifiably Jonathan."
Rotten: Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject.
You have to be Winters fan to enjoy the depth of this film
Those of us who enjoyed Jonathan Winters as children will delight in this mockumentary focused on his later work in life as a painter. Most, if not all comedian's today attribute Jonathan as a mentor....and the old film clips throughout this piece show how truly ahead of his time he was. While the movies premise/theme may be a little dry and slow moving, there's enough classic footage in this film to keep you laughing for quite a while.
So this becomes news and noteworthy after Winters passes away. Shady Itunes, very shady.