Harmontown

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Harmontown offers a look at an artist grappling with his own flaws -- as well as some interesting insights about the nature of hardcore fandom in the internet age.

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A kindred spirit to nerds everywhere, writer-comedian Dan Harmon has achieved celebrity via the hit series "Community," but cut his teeth writing for shows such as "The Sarah Silverman Program" and the Jack Black/Ben Stiller pilot "Heat Vision and Jack." After being fired from his signature creation, Harmon hits the road with his popular podcast and performs live for his cult-like fan base across the country. Known for his wit, cynicism, and disarming vulnerability, Harmontown finds Harmon bathed in the adoration of his fans as he confronts his personal demons and comes out on the other side. From acclaimed filmmaker Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing), and featuring past and present collaborators Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Allison Brie, Joel McHale and many more, Harmontown tells Harmon's story with unabashed candor -- showing his highs, his lows, and everything in-between.(C) The Orchard

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Critic Reviews for Harmontown

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (5)

  • [This] kind of honesty is the difference between sitcoms like Community and 30 Rock, which can be clever and amusing, and a truly brilliant, risk-taking show like Louie, which can be either hilariously funny or mortally depressing.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's in the exploration of how "Community" fandom formed its own distinctive community of outcasts that the film excels, finally making sense of the show's cult popularity by diving into that cult and crowdsurfing on it.

    Oct 30, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Harmon states at one point in the film that he just wants to be "the guy who makes people happy." This documentary does just that.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The final 20 minutes are the strongest, when Harmon comes to some realizations about his behavior. Unless you're the biggest of fans, you may find yourself wishing that the film had reached this point earlier.

    Oct 16, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Repeated praise of Mr. Harmon's nerdy fan base keeps emphasizing how appreciative its members are for his shining a light. Little splurts from an ingratiating score nudge us along.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Berkeley's impartiality frees the director to include some of the writer's unpleasant moments on the tour.

    Oct 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harmontown

  • Mar 30, 2015
    Dan Harmon may be one of the most eccentric, talented, crazed creators working today, evident from the large and extensive body of work on display in this documentary. The film follows a tour that Harmon embarks on with his co-hosts, from his podcast, Harmontown. Along the way they meet fans, talk out issues, and revel in general merriment. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/new-blog-1/2015/3/26/harmontown
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2014
    Harmontown is a good tale of connections among lonely folks across the States who are linked through the podcast of Dan Harmon. It is touching but one gets the sense that there are better documentary subjects out there.
    John B Super Reviewer

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