CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP
The Show Must Go On
Release Date: June 24, 2011
Starring: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter,
Jimmy Vivino, Mike Sweeney,
Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert,
Jack McBrayer, Richie “La
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Director: Rodman Flender
Executive Producer: Kathy Landsberg
Producer: Rachel Griffin, Gavin Polone
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The documentary also follows the creative process in writing and designing the show, as well as the enormous effort involved in producing and staging it in a different locale nearly every night. It also features plenty of intriguing footage of backstage life once the tour gets underway, showing how a famous celebrity like O’Brien is swarmed with nearly constant requests for his time and energy and how he can wind up feeling exploited. At one point, O’Brien is revealed to have a comedic cruel streak, when he mocks 30 ROCK sitcom star Jack McBrayer during a backstage visit, to the point of making McBrayer look emotionally shocked.
Much of the performance footage is fun and funny to watch, however. O’Brien cuts loose with his dream of being a musician and leads his touring band in several songs per night. The movie, however, also shows the stress and emotional strain he feels being away from his wife and two young children for days or weeks at a time, revealing him to be what seems to be a genuinely caring father and husband. Most impressively, in one scene, O’Brien allows a carload of Christian fans to pray in-depth and sincerely over him, and he clearly accepts the prayer’s quiet powers.
Overall, CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP is mostly for diehard Conan fans, as only a true devotee could be interested enough to immerse themselves in his world for 90 minutes. Even so, it’s still an entertaining ride at many moments, with the main production criticism stemming from the fact that it feels claustrophobic and repetitive in some sequences, especially when O’Brien discusses career matters. There’s also plenty of strong foul language, including more than a few “f” words, so extreme caution is advised for CONAN O’BRIE3N CAN’T STOP.
Much of the performance footage is fun and funny to watch. O’Brien cuts loose leading some musical numbers with his TV show’s band. Backstage, O’Brien is shown to be a caring husband and father, sad to be away from his family. He even accepts a prayer from some concerned Christians. However, he gets testy and mean-spirited at times, especially when the pressures of his career increase. Also, there’s some strong foul language. So, extreme caution is advised for CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP.