The Comedy (2012)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 16
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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 11
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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 4,160
On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker, "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends ("Tim & Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington a.k.a."Neil Hamburger") in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers him, he tests the
Nov 9, 2012 Limited
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None of this is necessarily funny. That's the extent of the irony here.
A mean-spirited piece of mumblecore that tries to provoke you, but only succeeds in boring you.
If you can discern any critical distance or interesting perspective here, or even a good reason to spend 90 minutes in such company, I'm afraid the joke is on you.
As a portrait of a generation that's almost collectively sociopathic, this is frightening. For the right audience it's also damn funny. If I wasn't so emotionally stunted and able to enjoy things unironically I'd say I loved it.
While this could have been the perfect portrait of a certain kind of idiot, the baroque cruelties and tonal monotony go too far.
An essential portrait of a generation of people laughing so hard that they've forgotten the joke is on them.
This is a lacerating portrait of the sort of narcissistic self-loathing that has kept educated, economically comfortable young people from achieving their true potential, from Benjamin Braddock to Hannah Horvath.
Champions what it appears to mock and indicts what it appears to glorify.
All this is credible enough until Swanson exits the airtight bubble of his peers to bully New York City at large.
Pushing the boundaries of taste isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the film is so busy daring its audience to hurl insults that it forgets to simply be funny.
It's a long, painful sit that claws at interpretational ambition, but only nails the rare moment of enlightenment, wasting 90 minutes of screentime to acquire about 15 minutes worth of substance.
Audience Reviews for The Comedy
- Swanson: I had a great day! I went to the shopping mall.
- Swanson: Hitler had... Hitler had horrible indigestion.
- Swanson: Why don't you fuckers have satellite radio in this cab? You pay so much fucking money for these cabs you should have the option to listen to whatever kind of music you want.
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