2nd watch review: Maybe the defining cultural movie of my generation. If 'Girls' is the show your parents watch and say, "Now I get you kids!," this movie is meant to be the antithesis of that shit. Brooklyn post 2005... We're shit. Bomb this place to hell. 1st watch review:this movie is about me :/
I was surprised at how this film overflows with Tim and Eric-style humor, and I do feel like many people may not enjoy the film simply due to that fact. The main ideas in the film are not difficult to understand. Sunrise's comment below absolutely hits the nail on the head (read it!). As much as I enjoyed this film and think it is well worth seeing if it interests you, I believe one viewing is enough.
As Swanson joins a minority landscaping crew, he challenges the upperclass caucasian homeowners by requesting a deserved pool swim. A complex disappointment is expressed when Swanson receives an under-affected 'yes.' His own social class defies his expectations of racism, yet also disappoint in their careless answer. Swanson further attempts to invalidate belief in any divergent '-isms' to reignite a societal faith.
While I can't say I "enjoyed" watching this film, I did find it incredibly effective, accurate, and extremely disturbing. A portrait of a culture and of a kind of people that I absolutely despise and unmasking it for just how emotionally vapid it is. We live in a culture obsessed more with irony than true sincerity that is frightening to me. These people seem physically unable to connect on a basic human level.