Movie Review Rewind: Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011)
After 22 years of being a part of NBC, Conan O’Brien left his gig on “The Tonight Show” which resulted in his ban from television, radio, and the internet for six months. So, in an act of retaliation, he does a 32-city concert/comedy show called “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.”
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is a documentary that takes you behind-the-scenes of the show. You’re on the road with O’Brien himself. We get to see who he is when he is not performing. We also gain some terrific insight into his creative genius and strong feelings about the fallout with NBC and those he holds personally responsible for it. This documentary is interesting, entertaining, and personal. Never have you seen Conan like this.
Director Rodman Flender captures a side of O’Brien that has never been revealed. It’s a side that Team CoCo never even knew existed. We see the serious, bitter, and angry side while still being the Conan we love to watch on TV. He is a man who feels humiliated and wants revenge. Who can blame him? He is driven and passionate about what he does, and goes out there every night and proves it.
It is fascinating to sit and watch as O’Brien tries to create and adjust when it comes to his show, and then watch him get tiresome and simply worn out from doing too much at once. We find out he really can’t stop. He goes through his ups and downs, and the audience are witnesses to the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop is funny and enjoyable, which we expected. But it is also engaging and takes us inside the life of a comedian who is driven to entertain all of the time. We do get to see some unexpected things come out of that. You get to hang out with Conan for almost an hour and a half and actually get to know him a little bit. Sounds good to me.
“Nature Boy” Brandon Vick is the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and star of Brandon’s Box Office In Your Mouth. Follow him on Twitter@SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.