As a concert film, Richard Pryor . . . Here & Now should attract and please those who appreciate him as a standup comic. But beyond the ample laughs, there is a beautiful monolog that’s so painfully acute it would entrance even those who never laugh at his other stuff.
His third concert film, Here & Now is a mixture of the ones done before and after the fire that almost killed him. Drug-free and still grateful for a second chance, Pryor remains much more mellow, but less self-examining and contemplative than in Live on the Sunset Strip (1982).
Some of the hostility and bite have returned, though well under control. On top of the laughs, he also displays a deepening sympathy for those doomed by substances.