Date

Jun 07 - 13 2024
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THE PEOPLE’S JOKER

In the absurdist autobiographically-inspired dark comedy, a painfully unfunny aspiring clown (Vera Drew) grapples with her gender identity while unsuccessfully attempting to join the ranks of Gotham City’s sole comedy program in a world where comedy has been outlawed.

SHOWTIMES

JUN 7 | FRI

7:10 p.m.

JUN 8 | SAT

5:10, 9:10 p.m.

JUN 9 | SUN

7:10 p.m.

JUN 10 | MON

5:10 p.m.

JUN 11 | TUE

7:10 p.m.

JUN 12 | WED

5:10 p.m.

JUN 13 | THU

7:10 p.m.
SYNOPSIS

In the absurdist autobiographically-inspired dark comedy, a painfully unfunny aspiring clown (Vera Drew as Joker the Harlequin) grapples with her gender identity while unsuccessfully attempting to join the ranks of Gotham City’s sole comedy program in a world where comedy has been outlawed. Uniting with a ragtag team of rejects and misfits, Joker the Harlequin forms an illegal anti-comedy troupe that puts her on a collision course with the devious caped crusader controlling the city.

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Director
Vera Drew
WITH
Vera Drew, Kane Distler, Daniela Baker, Nathan Faustyn
Run Time

1 hour, 32 minutes

Released
April 5, 2024
Distributed by
Altered Innocence
HEARING AND VISUAL ASSISTANCE

Assisted Listening

Country

United States

SUBTITLES

None

NOT RATED
Many of the films shown at The Ross are not rated due to the prohibitive cost of acquiring a rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Consequently, as many of these films contain graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.
REVIEWS

The People’s Joker is a chimera built of conflicts and contradictions, but so are we all. Our jigsaw assemblage of human experiences is universally messy, and if there’s one thing Drew seems to be telling us, we should be relishing those paradoxes.”

Leigh Monson

AV Club

“Its distinct style and coherent worldbuilding make for a movie that can’t really be compared to anything else, despite the fact so much of it is borrowed from the works of Batmen past — and it’s exactly what jaded superhero fans need to witness. […] As much as it’s a movie about the trans coming-of-age experience, it’s also a story about growing up idolizing superheroes and media. How do you form an identity when so much of your life is spent obsessing over fictional worlds or pop culture? How can you figure out who you are when everyone around you is obsessed with being someone else?”

Dais Johnston

Inverse

The People’s Joker, directed by Vera Drew, is the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen—because, unlike studio-produced films in the genre, it responds to the filmmaker’s deep personal concerns”

Richard Brody

New Yorker

“Within the film’s confessional chaos lives the spirit of Vaginal Davis, Ryan Trecartin and other maverick queer filmmakers who toyed with genre to torpedo gender. It’s reviving to see an artist take up the cause.”

Erik Piepenburg

New York Times

TICKET INFORMATION

EVENING PRICES

$12.00 | Adults
$9.50 | Students
$8.75 | Children
$8.50 | Military
$8.75 | Seniors
$6.50 | Members
$5.00 | UNL Students

MATINEE PRICES

$10.00 | Adults
$9.00 | Students
$8.25 | Children
$8.00 | Military
$8.25 | Seniors
$6.00 | Members
$5.00 | UNL Students

Matinee priced tickets for all screenings TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY nights

  • Showtimes change on a regular basis and will not always be the same each day. Visit the individual film pages for a list of showtimes.
  • Children are 12 and under. Seniors are 60 and older
  • Students and Military must show a valid ID to receive discount
  • We accept cash, check, NCard, Visa, and Mastercard
  • The Ross Box Office opens 30 minutes before the first screening of the day
  • Assistive listening headsets and closed caption devices available for select titles. Check the individual film pages or inquire at the box office for details.

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