J.K. Simmons

Amusing sequel 'Punching Henry' finds reality in comedy

Amusing sequel 'Punching Henry' finds reality in comedy

The knowing satire “Punching Henry” may not amount to a lot in the end, but getting there is lots of fun. This sequel to the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival hit “Punching the Clown” (both movies were directed by Gregori Viens, who co-wrote with star Henry Phillips) proves another enjoyable trip across the wacky fringes of show biz.

This time, comic singer-songwriter Phillips, again playing himself, is summoned to Los Angeles by his optimistic manager, Ellen (Ellen Ratner), to meet Jay Warren (J.K. Simmons), a big-time TV producer who may be interested in creating a reality show around the sad-sack troubadour.

Jay zooms in on a series concept — “Sisyphus Meets a Real-Life...

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