Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, U.S.). 72 minutes. Saturday (May 6), 9:30 pm, Bloor. Rating: NN
Sarah Silverman is not a nice Jewish girl, and she knows it. As she says in her comedy stage show, "I don't care if you think I'm racist; I just want you to think I'm thin." This after a barrage of wildly offensive material on the "alleged Holocaust," the hygiene of Mexicans, pregnant black teenagers and a host of I-can't-believe-she-actually-said-thats about Asians, Puerto Ricans and the mentally challenged. This film's real offence, though, once you allow yourself to admit Silverman's funny, brave and perceptive - there's no denying the sharpness behind some of her naughtiest bits or the charm of her schoolgirl-gone-bad delivery - is in the editing. The musical numbers are too long and frequently miss the mark, the non-monologue vignettes are oddly juxtaposed, and both flaws kill any momentum her jokes are enjoying.
Still, if you check your political correctness at the door, you won't get an evening of magic, but you could enjoy a night of taboo-defying guilty-pleasure chuckles.