The Comedy is directed by Rick Alverson, who has a gift for undermining his characters’ efforts to be funny. He hangs onto their moments of comic cool just a little bit longer than most directors, extracting discomfort like a dentist pulling teeth. He’s clearly a skeptic of the disposable good times of our age. His use of camera and music can make harmless pastimes like wiffle ball and bike riding seem vapid and desperate.
Kevin B. Lee
June 12, 2015