Monday, April 2, 2018

Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills (2016)

Number Rolled: 83
Movie Name/Year: Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills (2016)
Tagline: She’s hunting mermaids.
Genre: Comedy
Length: 77 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Production Companies: Netflix
Producer: Whitney Berry, Jonathan Mussman, Kathy Welch
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Writer: Iliza Shlesinger
Actors: Iliza Shlesinger
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from Netflix: The stand-up sensation tackles TV’s “Shark Tank,” what it means to be a woman and how to deal with the lawless party goblin that lives in us all.

Selina’s Point of View:
I definitely liked this special better than the last one we covered by Iliza Shlesinger (Paradise, Forever 31, Girlboss). I related to her statements a lot more than I did before… except for the stuff about Shark Tank (2009-). I’ve never seen, nor do I have an interest in seeing, that show. I’m in the minority here, but that’s fine with me.

She just seemed to have better comedic timing in this special… or maybe I was just in a better mood for stand-up comedy. Whatever the situation, I had more fun with Confirmed Kills.

There’s not much for me to really say without spoiling some of her comedy, but I’ll try.

The parts of me that were wild in my younger years related to some aspects of her show, while the part of me that is very ‘girl power’ related to other parts. I did have some minor issues relating to jokes that revolve around make-up, but I’m not a girly girl in any way.

To be honest, I don’t think I’m her target demographic. That said, I still enjoyed what I saw. I think that says a lot.

Cat’s Point of View:
I was pretty enthusiastic about watching this comedy special. I remembered that I mostly enjoyed the last Netflix special, Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot (2015), when we watched it last August. This was decidedly good timing for some comedy.

Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed with this performance. While there were whole bits in the last special that I had a little bit of a disconnect with, I found the vast majority of this show resonated with me on some level. 

The little quirky mannerisms and funny voices Shlesinger utilized to illustrate her bits were somewhat funnier to me this time around. I think it’s largely due to the context. This special was far less ‘mean-girl’ and more in the feminine advocate vein.

While there was a large portion of the special dedicated to feminism, and might come off a bit more serious than a comedy special is usually expected to be, the message she was putting out wasn’t off base. While the content warranting solid justification for the mature audiences rating results in having to wait a while before my daughter will be able to see it – the underlying message shown regarding body positivity and the like is something I feel even (or maybe especially) girls her age should hear more of.

One of my favorite sections of the special is the source of the show’s ‘Confirmed Kills’ name.

I needed a good laugh today while I’ve been nursing my Easter-egg hunt sunburn (don’t forget your sunscreen boys & girls – especially if you burn in the shade!). This comedy special certainly fit the bill. I’m actually looking forward to seeing more of Shlesinger’s work and probably wouldn’t mind even watching this show again.

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English, French, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 65%
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.2/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating3.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating4/5

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