“Punchline” was one of the first mature movies I saw as a kid. By mature, I don’t mean that it was some Emmanuelle style adventure happening at night on Cinemax. This was an important movie about an older woman finding her way in an artistic profession. Tom Hanks was a guy that I only knew as the Keaton’s cough syrup abusing uncle. For the younger readers, just YouTube Tom Hanks on Family Ties. Hell, I’ll just add the clip at the end of this brief diatribe.
In regards to this film, it’s an entertaining melodramatic trifle. You get John Goodman right at the start of his run on Roseanne. Plus, there’s a brief role for Mark Rydell to stretch his acting chops. Rydell wasn’t a great director, but he had a respectable run. Pick it up, if you’re a Hanks completist. If you are a Hanks completist or novice, then you might’ve missed the time he Kung-Fu fought the Fonz. TV was a lot stranger in the early 1980s.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby 5.1