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Margaret Cho: Assassin (Unrated)

Release Date: September 2nd, 2005 (NYC-Quad Cinema) by Regent Releasing/Here! Films
Directed by Kerry Asmussen.

BASIC PREMISE: A documentary showing Margaret Cho's Assassination Tour comedy show on May 14, 2005 in Washington, D.C.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: As usual, Margaret Cho is unafraid to say anything vulgar or disgusting related to sex. Her facial expressions are quite funny and she manages to maintain a straight face when telling her jokes--unlike Chris Rock, who breaks the first rule of stand-up comedy by laughing at his own jokes. However, there are a few moments when the camera is so close to her face that it is possible to see a tiny smirk emerge for a brief second. She definitely has a lot of energy, but the problem is that she brings up issues that are too serious and sensitive to joke about without being rude and obnoxious. For example, she says that the media was waiting day by day for Pope John Paul II to slowly die during their coverage. Then, she picks on Ronald Reagan by saying that his death was as if for the 2nd time because she thought he was already dead. Then, she says, his corpse was touring the country in his coffin like Weekend at Bernie's. Neither of these subjects is a laughing matter; they are very insensitive. Her jokes get really old when she does some Bush-bashing at the beginning of her routine. Comedy is certainly a matter of taste, but for those who are not true fans of Cho, her routine is simply painful and unfunny to watch.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Cho does not say anything insightful or profound, but its not expected given that its a comedy show. Her fans verbalize their enthusiasm for her at the beginning and end of the film. However, it would have been nice if their enthusiasm were justified by explaining why they are so inspired rather than just showing or saying that they are inspired. This film will certainly not bring new fans for Cho.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Cho's choice of grave material as a comedy routine is insensitive.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A comedy routine with plenty of vulgarity and perversity, but it is mostly unfunny. For those who are not true fans of Cho, it comes off as rude and irritating.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: True fans of Margaret Cho- VHS/DVD

Everyone else- Never

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