Enemies of Laughter
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Enemies of Laughter
How does a man convince the woman he loves that attempting to make him the toast of Broadway could be a really bad idea? Paul Halpern (David Paymer) is a cynical, middle-aged comedy writer who primarily works in television. Paul once had dreams of becoming a successful playwright, but after a passionate, short-lived relationship with a beautiful woman, he wrote a stage drama that became a notorious flop when it was presented for the first (and only) time by a Los Angeles theater company. Paul has come to believe that his play is cursed, and he has spent years trying to distance himself from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An all too apt title for a would-be comedy in which everyone in it and everything about it seems willfully designed to be unfunny."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Pretty ballsy of the filmmakers to go with the title "Enemies of Laughter," seeing that it's a comedy."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Paymer has developed a sort of practiced gravitational pull, and his easy confidence, enhanced by eyes that can only be described as soulful, elevates his character from a flat Woody Allen wannabe to a fully realized human being."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"A small, delightful indie flick with a singular voice and spry wit. Rarely is a title so willfully far from accurate."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"If Paymer and Chao had any chemistry together we might be more interested in their budding romance"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"This slow, stilted comedy just sits there and whines... kind of like its lead."
‑ , E! Online
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