Adam Carolla made a name for himself with the hit series Lovelines with Dr. Drew and The Man Show alongside his partner Jimmy Kimmel. Since then he has become one of the hardest working men in the business with TV shows, a podcast, movies and who knows what else he is up to. Somewhere he found the time to write and direct alongside Kevin Hench as well as star in the film Road Hard, but does this film deliver his usual comedy stylings or will it be a career not worth following?
Road Hard follows a stand-up comic who is forced to go back on the road to provide for his daughter following an expensive divorce and the cancellation of his TV show. This is one of those films that doesn’t offer up laughs in the form of a forced comedy, but instead in the absurdity of life itself. Make no mistake there are some funny stand up moments of Carolla, but these are laid out to be more of a catalyst of seeing his career and where it is now as opposed to just about the laughs. The story obviously mimics some aspects of his life after the rise of Jimmy Kimmel to late night host and the new direction he went in his career. Both guys are hugely successful just in different ways but you often wonder how Carolla may have dealt with it and while this film is fiction it does offer some insight to one possibility. This willingness to open his life up makes for a compelling, but simple story that is sure to entertain. There is nothing complicated or any kind of unexpected plot twists, instead he has crafted a straight laced story that works to show a man struggling to recapture his fame, but instead finds a real life.
Carolla is more than just a comedian, he is the real deal talent on many levels. He once again has shown here that he is a good filmmaker as well as a success in all the other venues he works in. While this film isn’t breaking down any barriers in the genre, it manages to tell a good story and hit all the notes it hopes to while not feeling forced or clichéd. Besides Carolla the film features a good supporting cast including Jay Mohr, David Alan Grier, Larry Miller, Howie Mandell and David Koechner who all have minor roles but bring some great moments to the film. If you are a fan of Carolla or the genre then give Road Hard a try when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 6th.