Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

GOD SAID, "HA!"

 

Year: 1998
Country: USA
Run Time: 85 minutes

One of the better "Saturday Night Live" sketches in the '90s was a gag commercial for a 'Monsters of Monolog' solo performance arena faceoff: Spalding Gray vs. Eric Bogosian. Now comes a contender. And you have the best seat in the house for former Not Ready for Prime Time Player Julia Sweeney and the cinematic version of her painfully personal and purgatively funny one-woman show. Her reflections on her very own Annus Horribilus Livus from New Yorkus came into focus after she quit the NBC show (and her marriage), starred in her own feature film vehicle - 1993's "It's Pat" - and moved to Los Angeles, intending to live an exciting, single, bohemian-artist lifestyle. But it didn't quite come off. the movie bombed, Sweeney's brother developed lymphoma, requiring her flaky parents to move in during his treatment, and the actress herself got a surprise diagnosis of a rare cervical cancer. Wry, yet tender as she soliloquizes about her mother's malapropisms, her stricken brother's gallows wit, and her own renegade ovaries, Julia Sweeney convinces us that for many people laughter isn't the best medicine - it's the only one when life crashes down on you. Executive-produced by Quentin Tarantino.

Screenplay
Julia Sweeney

Director
Julia Sweeney

Producer
Rana Joy Glickman

Cinematography
John Hora

Editing
Fabienne Rawley

Principal Cast
Julia Sweeney

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