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Love, Gilda (2018)

Love, Gilda (2018)

A touching look at the inner life of a comedienne extraordinaire

7.5

Movie

English
Documentary
2018
LISA D’APOLITO
Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bill Murray
84 min

TLDR

More like I love you, Gilda!

What it's about

Using diary excerpts, audiotapes, and archival footage, this documentary gives us a look into the life and career of SNL and standup star Gilda Radner.

The take

It’s hard not to botch a documentary about one of the most endearing, beloved, and talented celebrities to come out of the industry, so in subject matter alone, Love, Gilda is a winner. But director Lisa Dapolito rightly understands that Radner’s life is more than just the usual Hollywood story of stumbling into fame and fortune as she mines something quite special out of Radner’s journey. More than a biography, Love, Gilda is also a manifesto for female comedians, a relatable tale of girlhood, and a comforting message for those afflicted with similar illnesses that they’re not alone. Also, by the end, it turns into a great love story you can’t help but long for.

What stands out

As much as I love the SNL cameos, which include Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph, their appearance is baffling at best and distracting at worst. Their screentime could’ve easily gone to exploring more pockets of Radner’s life.

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