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Running Time:
1 hour, 24 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and sexual humor.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Proving once again that at 77 Joan Rivers is still one of the funniest people around.

Additional Info:
Extra features on the DVD:
Trailer; Deleted scenes; Commentary; Tv spots; Sundance q&a with Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work with Joan Rivers  This excellent documentary manages to capture the many fascinating sides of Joan Rivers, and and not all of them are flattering. Realizing that she's well past her "fame expiration date" in many ways, she's still intent on holding onto some of the spotlight, claiming a little respect, and at 77 still trying to make people laugh. The documentary producers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg {"The Devil Came on Horseback")  filmed the comedienne for over a year, managing to come away with a refreshingly honest view of her as a polarizing performer, beloved by many but disliked by just as many others. Joan herself is riddled with insecurities, always feeling like an outsider looking in.

From the very first frame, where Joan's face is shown in extreme closeup as she's having her makeup applied, it is clear that the woman whose plastic surgery has become the butt of a multitude of jokes, i's obviously willing to lay herself bare, and whether you like her or not, she's sure to impress you with her sheer energy and fortitude.

They've also included some great archival footage of Joan on The Tonight Show, including a surprisingly candid anecdote about her relationship with the late Johnny Carson, which went from warm friendship to ice-cold alienation once Joan was offered her own talk show on the Fox network. She is also refreshingly candid about her husband Edgar and his 1987 suicide, her professional concerns regarding her daughter Melissa, and the ways in which Hollywood will casually toss you aside once the wrinkles start to show and you become known as a "has-been."

Beyond the brief history lessons, we also get to go follow Joan as she deals with both rejections and disappointments, but they've also included some happier moments as well. Her one-woman show never made it out of London, but a bit later she does enjoy a raunchy Comedy Central roast in her honor and she's invited to appear in the Kennedy Center's tribute to the late George Carlin. But the main point found in Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work is a rather sad and sobering one: that no matter who you are, no matter how famous and admired, time will beat you down, especially if you don't manage to keep yourself constantly busy. 

But far from appearing to be a loser which she so obviously fears being, we see her once again triumph as a winner as she becomes Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.

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