Netflix has a lot of unique projects going on. One fairly new subgenre they’ve been trying out is the assembly of comedies around more aged comedic actors finding humor in their twilight years. We’ve already seen it with the series “The Kominsky Method” where Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas had amazing chemistry as old guys in silly scenarios, very aware of their age. And now legendary actors Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfus are getting the buddy treatment with their own Netflix film.
“The Last Laugh” will star Chase as a retired talent manager and Dreyfus his first client. Dreyfus plays comedian Buddy Green who left the business for fifty years to become a podiatrist. Chase playing Al Hart the agent inspires his old client to hit the road for one more comedy tour. Other supporting characters in the film include Chris Parnell, Andie McDowell, and Kate Micucci.
View the trailer below:
While the trailer doesn’t seem to offer huge laughs, it seems very much in the same vein as “The Kominsky Method” for lobbing out the expected gags of old people in old people conversations. But it certainly has a pulse on its target audience which is naturally scaled much higher in the demographics. More promising is that the film is being written and directed by Greg Pritikin who has directed solid comedies of “Totally Confused” and “Dummy.” Read the synopsis below:
When retired talent manager Al Hart is reunited with his first client, Buddy Green, a comic who quit show business 50 years ago, he convinces Buddy to escape their retirement community and hit the road for a cross-country comedy tour.
“The Last Laugh” will debut on Netflix on January 11th, 2019.