Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel


Action / Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 1938

Plot summary

April 02, 2022 at 10:58 AM


Bo Burnham

Top cast

Jerrod Carmichael as Self
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509.58 MB
English 2.0
29.97 fps
12 hr 55 min
P/S 2 / 6
1.02 GB
English 5.1
29.97 fps
12 hr 55 min
P/S 0 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hughjman 6 / 10

Makes sense it's in a jazz club

I liked him a lot on Saturday night live. He was great.

I guess it makes sense that this special is in a jazz club, because it's not really standup. It's more like sitting in on someone's therapy session, and in that sense it kind of winds around like a jazz song and keeps hitting certain themes repeatedly.

There are some funny lines here and there as he tells the story of his family, the kind you use to joke away pain. It's not a hahahaha hilarious standup special, it's more like a one-man show.

Reviewed by chiltonsjillfreeport 9 / 10

Another Level Great

Can a performer be quietly electric?

I believe so. Jerrod Carmichael is so real and raw here I was tempted, towards the end, to lace my fingers over my eyes and hold my breath in suspense.

In 'Rothaniel,' director Bo Burnham perfectly sets the mood with a long opening shot of Carmichael gradually coming into focus walking along the street under a light snow before entering a dim, hushed Blue Note.

The opening, the stage set, Carmichael's demeanor-all spoke of what was to come even before he opened with, "I want to talk about secrets."

For 57 minutes that felt like a lightning strike eternity, Carmichael spilled, interwoven with jokes, very funny commentary, amidst a two-way conversation with the crowd that made his bare intimacy much warmer than just stand-up meat. Long-held family secrets, personal secrets, real fear.

The fact that he may've fought tears toward the end (I cried briefly), to me, only burnishes the fact that Carmichael is funny as hell here. If you have ever been estranged from a parent, or hit with family secrets so deep they made you question who you are, you may just laugh even harder. I did.

Reviewed by billsoccer 7 / 10

Cry for help?

Jerrod is my favorite comedian. The fact that he is gay doesn't diminish how much I look forward to his next special. The fact that he seems to use this special to work his way through 'coming out' just seemed like he's crying for help. I hope my fellow christians don't hound him.

Much (most?) of the material isn't even meant to be funny, and some was quite dark, hence the relatively low rating for what was billed as a comedy.

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deepcuts April 02, 2022 at 11:40 am

8.6 rating with 37 votes and 0 review on imdb Damn, this dude has a bnig family!