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Set 23 years after the original story which inspired it, The Machine finds Bert (Bert Kreischer) facing familial crisis and the arrival of his estranged father (Mark Hamill) when the ghost of his booze-soaked past arrives: a murderous mobster (Iva Babic) hellbent on kidnapping Bert back to the motherland to atone for his crimes. Together, he and his father must retrace the steps of his younger self (Jimmy Tatro) in the midst of a war between a sociopathic crime family while they attempt to find common ground.


  • Bert Kreischer
  • Mark Hamill
  • Jimmy Tatro
  • Iva Babic
  • Robert Maaser
  • Stephanie Kurtzuba
  • Jessica Gabor
  • Rita Bernard Shaw
  • Nikola Ðuricko
  • Oleg Taktarov

Atom User Reviews

4.4 out of 5
Verified Review

Was not funny

Orestes P
Verified Review

Excellent film, even better if you’ve seen Bert’s stand-up and know more about the story and some of his life too. Great scenes with solid story, corny at times but pungently so to the point where it’s proper funny.

Roy D


May 26, 2023

Writers Kevin Biegel and Scotty Landes adapt Kreischer’s unbelievable viral story about robbing a train with Russian mobsters into a retrospective on the comedian’s tumultuous history with excess—a tonal misfire of fantastical absurdity clashing against emotional confessions.

Matt Donato
Paste Magazine
May 26, 2023

The Machine really goes off the rails when it tries to turn itself into an action movie. The blandly violent fight sequences are only watchable because Hamill gets the occasional opportunity to show off his dorky-dad-on-cocaine schtick between punches.

Christian Zilko
May 26, 2023

Hamill, however, is the MVP, continuing to deliver some of his best work as an older man. When he leaves the action for a spell, the energy leaves the movie.

Metacritic review by Luke Y. Thompson
Luke Y. Thompson
The A.V. Club