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This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Robert De Niro, left, and Leslie Mann in a scene from, "The Comedian." (Alison Cohen Rosa/Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

Robert De Niro is Jackie Burke, a once-famous sitcom star who yearns for respect as a standup comic. He resents his fans for associating him with the character he used to play on the hit “Eddie’s Home,” and he bristles when they call him Eddie. Jackie isn’t always kind to his long-suffering manager (Edie Falco, disappointingly underused) and insults the patrons at the small-town clubs where he performs.