Conan O'Brien Can't Stop When, in early 2010, Conan O'Brien broke up with NBC in an angry showdown after two decades of going steady with the network, the former… Conan O'Brien Can't Stop When, in early 2010, Conan O'Brien broke up with NBC in an angry showdown after two decades of going steady with the network, the former… 2011-06-24 R PT89M Abramorama
Movie Review

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

MPAA Rating: R
Conan O'Brien | TEAM COCO Conan O'Brien being a real, vulnerable person in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
TEAM COCO Conan O'Brien being a real, vulnerable person in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jun 24, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 89 Minutes; Distributor: Abramorama

When, in early 2010, Conan O'Brien broke up with NBC in an angry showdown after two 
 decades of going steady with the network, the former Tonight Show host was legally barred from appearing on TV for six months. And lo, the applause-hungry, Harvard-educated, really-pissed-off comic and his team responded with the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour, a vanity roadshow filled with music, comedy bits, and still-simmering 
 bitterness delivered live to O'Brien's ''Team Coco'' fan base in 32 cities in this great, Jay Leno-watching nation of ours.

Under the circumstances, it's a good thing director Rodman Flender was on the tour bus to make Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, an 
 unexpectedly revealing, disconcerting documentary that benefits from the filmmaker's unmediated approach, his home-movie-
quality visual style, and his controlled use of on-the-fly moments. This movie isn't just for wearers of Team Coco T-shirts, and, to its odd credit, it won't change any minds, either pro-Coco or anti-. Behold O'Brien being kvetchy, self-pitying, snappish, demanding, exhausted, haunted, and not very funny — in other words, being a real, vulnerable person who happens to be a rich, famous TV star mourning the loss of his dream job. A–

Originally posted Jun 22, 2011 Published in issue #1161 Jul 01, 2011 Order article reprints