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Whether you find Vince Vaughn’s taste in projects questionable, most people seem to come to the agreement that he can be really funny (when he wants to be) and that he’s very good at improvising during a scene. While he shines in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show, he gives the spotlight to five stand-up comics that are brilliant in their own distinct voices, yet they remain unknown to the general public. This movie project, which gives these funnymen exposure and a chance to make a splash, forces Vaughn and crew to tour 30 American cities in 30 days.

The documentary offers more than just people who can make the audience laugh. These comedians are funny, observant, and insightful, and so are the small segments of the film about them as people, not performers. All of them have dreams and hopes that they aspire to. I won’t go into depth here, because it’s surprising to see who ends up being sensitive and who does his dirty (but humorous) act for the sake of his family.

The comics are great, as I’ve said, but the special guests are also hilarious. Vaughn gets a hold of friends like John Favreau (Swingers), Justin Long (Dodgeball, Accepted), and Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story), who all participate in improv routines.

Vaughn resists turning the movie into a vanity piece and, although he has some great scenes, comes off as very humble. (Reportedly, he bought the rights to the movie from Harvey Weinstein, the former head of Miramax, when Vaughn didn’t think he was handling the film properly.) If you haven’t seen any of the great films still in theaters, this is the movie to see this week.

Rating: 8/10


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