Call Me Lucky



Somerville Theatre - Screen 1 Sat, Apr 25, 2015 7:00 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Bobcat Goldthwait


Director Bobcat Goldthwait and Subject Barry Crimmins will appear in person.

In the best, most charitable way, CALL ME LUCKY is a passion project for Bobcat Goldthwait. The director traces the career of the film’s subject, his mentor Barry Crimmins, as we learn of the rise of the Boston comedy scene and the wealth of talent that emerged from there. Crimmins was an astute chronicler of the time, a political comedian who raged with the best of them but did so with specificity and eloquence that’s rare. A liberal voice shouting in the wind that gusted during Ronald Reagan’s reign of America, Crimmins was both caustic and cutting, while at the same time nurturing local talents and facilitating their rise to the big time.

The film takes a major narrative shift midway through, and part of the its effectiveness is the affect of the tonal switch. Goldthwait and his editors handle the situation with a great deal of sophistication and sensitivity, while still allowing Crimmins and his point of view to be at the fore.

This is a love letter by Goldthwait to his friend Crimmins, but it’s a letter written with wit and sardonicism, a wonderfully crafted ode that avoids ever coming across as aggrandizing or sycophantic. We’re lucky that CALL ME LUCKY was helmed by Goldthwait, a filmmaker with this much clarity of vision and the ability to cut through the shit to tell it like it is.

—Jason Gorber