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950 Ratings

The Comedy

Directed by Rick Alverson
United States, 2012


Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson, a desensitized, aging Brooklyn hipster, strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution.

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The Comedy Directed by Rick Alverson
One of the dominant tropes of American media narratives over the past couple decades or so has been the refusal of the white American male to face the responsibilities of adulthood in a changing world. The Comedy is the ne plus ultra of the trend; it shows that the logical conclusion of this regression is a retreat into pure solipsism. It is, in other words, an ideal film for these times.
December 01, 2012
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I have never connected with Tim and Eric’s deconstructionist brand of fart-on-your-pillow anti-comedy, but I thought Heidecker’s performance was a fearless, incredible exhibition of tightly controlled, passive-aggressive rage turned in on itself.
November 19, 2012
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Swanson is a post-hipster who never experiences irony without desire. And so the pampered, porcine prankster has awkwardly made irony an expression of his desire. Every scatological gag is an intimate strategy; every racist remark is a repressed need escaping him like a sour gas. And our emotional response to his behavior is, likewise, necessarily alloyed.
November 04, 2012
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