added: Thu, Aug 30th '12
In the satirical film "The Comedy," an aging Brooklyn hipster (Tim Heidecker) spends most of his time in utter boredom, while hanging out with his depressing friends as he awaits for the day he can finally cash in his father's estate. While we're not sure if director/co-writer Rick Alverson was trying to make a provocative statement about society's lack of direction, the film's just-released teaser trailer tends to point to a bad case of artsy fartsy-ness. To be fair, any film that features Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Neil Hamburger and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is worth keeping our eye on. Expect plenty of scenes with baby-blue sunglasses, when "The Comedy" debuts on VOD starting Oct 24th, followed by a theatrical release on Nov 9th.
On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends (Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, 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 limits of acceptable behavior, pushing the envelope in every way he can. Played brilliantly by Heidecker, his deadpan delivery cleverly masks a deep desire for connection and sense in the modern world. THE COMEDY wears its name on its sleeve, but director Rick Alverson's powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.
directed by Rick Alverson
starring Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger), James Murphy, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen
release date October 24, 2012 (VOD), November 9, 2012 (In Theaters)