From Tribeca Film. Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show) stars as an aging hipster testing the limits of acceptable behavior with his like-minded friends (Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy) in this provocative character study.
It's a dark, anti-comedy that shows the immaturity and lack of substance behind a sarcastic and critical lifestyle.
The movie is about a narcissistic man-child plagued with a lack of meaning in his life following his assumed hedonistic lifestyle in his 20's. The movie pokes fun at his inability to grow up. and, also, any time it shows anything genuine the thing is soon followed up by Tim and Eric saying that it wasn't funny or is interrupted by something immature.
Long story short, its an intentionally slow-paced and drawn out movie with no character arcs or any character development at all; all of which is supported by the fact that no names are mentioned at all (excluding the name of an employee at the restaurant). It's well worth the $4 to rent and you only get what you take out of it.
First off: this film is NOT for most people. BUT...if you like something that is challenging and wildly different...you've hit the jackpot with THE COMEDY. There is virtually no plot to speak of. This is a psychological character piece, so the plot is not of paramount importance. The lead character is desperate to connect with other people but terrified to do so. Hence, he behaves repulsively almost all of the time in order to test people. It's an improvisational journey that fascinated me. Also, there are moments of pure honesty that leap out at you amidst all the banal behavior exhibited by the characters. It's challenging to watch and it will be way too much for some people, so I can't really recommend the film, but I'm glad I checked it out. I've never seen a film quite like THE COMEDY.
But quite good if you can dig the style. The Comedy will definitely challenge you as a viewer, and possibly your tolerance for the characters involved. And I certainly would understand if it pushes you too far, to the point of disliking it on principle. However, this is unquestionably exactly what the filmmakers wanted to achieve. Heidecker does a fantastic job of becoming a man who pushes every possible boundary and makes it convincing enough to make you squirm as an observer. The improvisational style used throughout the film definitely helps the believability as well, and even though you watch Heidecker's Swanson do some of the most unbelievable and absurd things you could imagine someone do, it doesn't seem entirely far-fetched or implausible.
The end result is a piece of art that you may not ENJOY so much as appreciate. It really boils down to a character study on people that you normally would never want to study or be involved with in any way. Understanding how or why a person could act or think like this is a serious mental and emotional exercise. There are some laughs here and there for sure, especially if you're not overly sensitive or politically correct, but the real value here is that it will absolutely make you think hard about it during and after seeing it.
Not that it is perfect; there are some definite flaws. The lack of any real story arc or plot in a traditional sense will alienate quite a few viewers and possibly make the movie just plain boring to a lot of people. Also undoubtedly some scenes tend to go on so long that they become overkill. Really, though, it's mostly because it hammers the point home about how Swanson never really knows when to stop, either. Likely these spots will make you annoyed or uncomfortable or just plain angry, but in the end I think that's exactly the point.
Absolutely uncomfortable and genius. I'm biased since I'm a huge Heidecker fan... I'll leave the other reviews to expound upon the deeper meanings, symbolism, etc. My biggest takeaway is seeing what can happen when you divorce purpose from life.
There are situations in this that are shocking, but at the same time, they are the types of things that may pop into your head from time to time if you allow them to, or indulge them.
This movie is very hard to watch and at times can be VERY CRINGE WORTHY. That said, it was oddly satisfying and wrapped itself up wonderfully. Would I recommend someone else watch this? Probably not. That said, no regrets.