Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/12/2024 - 14:30
Actress Rachel Sennott (ShivaBaby, Bottoms) returns to Laemmle screens this Friday at the Monica Film Center, NoHo 7 and Town Center 5 with I Used to Be Funny. She plays an aspiring stand-up comedian and au pair struggling with PTSD as she decides whether or not to join the search for Brooke (Olga Petsa), a missing teenage girl she used to nanny.
"Rachel Sennott has the greatest face. It cannot lie, no matter what her characters are saying. That honesty makes her ideal for films with tricky tones... And it’s essential to I Used to Be Funny." - Johanna Schneller, Globe and Mail

"In her film debut, [writer-director Ally Pankiw] delivers a full and fulfilling narrative arc that is anchored by a surprisingly complex performance from Sennott." - Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

"Pankiw and Sennott bring Sam’s story to life with an inventive yet sensitive approach, creating a sympathetic portrait of someone learning to cope with the tragedies of life and embrace their funny side despite it all." - Monica Castillo,

"A former stand-up herself, Sennott holds a stage with command." - Amy Nicholson, New York Times

"Healing is not linear, and I Used to Be Funny adeptly displays that process, exploring Sam’s pain without making the experience of watching the film painful, and honestly refreshing exploration of a subject that’s so often brutal to witness." - Jenny Nulf, Austin Chronicle

"Sennott is perfectly cast, portraying Sam as simultaneously lifeless and hilarious with her default blasé attitude and dry-wit humor." - Weiting Liu, Little White Lies