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'Road Hard' starts and stops en route to sweet destination
'Road Hard' starts and stops en route to sweet destination

Jokes, anger and sentimentality mix uneasily in comedian Adam Carolla's directorial debut (with co-writer Kevin Hench), "Road Hard." Carolla plays embittered, divorced, near-has-been stand-up Bruce Madsen, once the co-host of a hit TV show but since sidelined to the lonely, city-hopping club grind. He'd quit if it weren't the only sure, steady thing in a life whose irritants and indignities fuel a steady stream of cutting one-liners about money woes (a daughter going to college), professional jealousy (Jay Mohr's talk show host is Carolla's winking nod to former TV partner Jimmy Kimmel's rise) and entertainment business absurdities (corporate gigs,...

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