Film #152: CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN
1 out of 5 stars
First off, I’ll say that I’m of the opinion that Jonathan Winters is a comedic genius. His influence on comedy is undeniable and his is a mind that is one of the most inventive in history. OK, that said. CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN is a horrible misguided, utterly unfunny excuse for 78 minutes. The film begins as what looks to be a documentary on Winters today and his pursuit of a Fine Art career. Then, about midway through the run time, we begin to see the cracks in the façade and we realize that all of the “authorities are actors and the script is mostly being improvised.” Once that realization is made, we see how thoroughly contrived and ridiculous it all is. A host of Winters’ friends show up I guess as a favor, but their appearance only shines more light on how, well, bad, it all is. And that’s sad, because, as I’ve said, I think Winters is exceedingly talented (both in comedy and in his art). However, this presentation of both is not worthy of his considerable talent.