Roseanne Arnold – Live from Trump Castle

(Louis G. Horvitz, USA, 1992)


Roseanne Arnold – Live from Trump Castle offers a take on a popular media star – a take which will be unfamiliar to many fans of this performer.

This is Roseanne live and uncensored, juggling her pre-TV routines with the accoutrements of her more recent media fame.

Some of the material is lazy and not particularly funny – such as the screeched rendition of the Billy Jack anthem "One Tin Soldier", and the endless political correctness jokes – but her jibes about men and sex are just wonderful.

Arnold presents a fascinating performing persona here, one substantially different to her character on the weekly Roseanne. The darker sides of her comic art come to the fore – such as her cynical attitude towards audiences, and especially the depressing horrors of her earlier life.

The full-out finale – a reply to Arsenio Hall ("Ars" to Roseanne) for his nightly "fat jokes" on American TV at her expense – is as disquieting as it is uproarious.

MORE Roseanne: Home on the Range

© Adrian Martin September 1993

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
home    reviews    essays    search