The Comedy Reviews
This film isn't for everyone. There are no jokes, despite the title but ultimately The Comedy is everyday life.
this movie will get the sort of response it deserves.
Or perhaps not. Most of the professional reviews, at any rate, seem more interested in displaying their moral dissatisfaction with Heidecker's character, or in telling us how tortuous the experience of watching such a character was for them personally, than in actually assessing what is presented. It's not, for most reviewers, a question of whether the personalities and tendencies displayed in the film tell us anything useful about human emotion, whether their experiences provide useful insight into quintessentially 21st century character traits, etc. It's enough that they find such characters distasteful, and that they didn't enjoy themselves a great deal.
Great art has never been about likeable or moral characters. Is Bergman's "Autumn Sonata" an easy watch full of lessons learned? Is any one in Straw Dogs particularly likeable?
I'd hate to see what any of these hacks would have said about Ibsen.
The scene when Swanson parts his father's hair is worth all of the restraint that preceded it.