Tue 25 Mar 9:30PM
Sorry, you missed this one
Film Starts 9.30PM
Level 6, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Director Rick Alverson
Duration 95 min
An entirely unfunny provocation.
This film is a drama. Sure, there are funny bits, but Rick Alverson’s study of a Brooklyn trust fund slacker in his late ‘30s (Tim Heidecker from Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) more often than not goes way too far to be laugh-out-loud hilarious. Heidecker plays Swanson, an unaccomplished and unapologetic mess, unfazed about his wealthy father’s ailing health (and the fate of his inheritance). Swanson is a distinctly unlikeable character who spends his days swigging Pabst Blue Ribbon tinnies and pushing the limits of increasingly inappropriate behaviour to keep his friends and himself entertained. Also starring Eric Wareheim, Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger) and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, The Comedy is as punishing as it is rewarding. We’re not going to lie, you might utterly hate this film, but you may agree that it exacts brilliance by refusing to pander, to anyone. A sure conversation-starter.
This is the Melbourne premiere screening.
Stick around after the film to watch our own funny guy Max Olijnyk video Skype Tim Heidecker.
–The Hollywood Reporter
“An epic display of the over-privileged, eternally adolescent white American male behaving badly… Alverson is onto something culturally significant.”
“There’s about a 90% squirm factor in the movie… No one’s going to fall asleep during this movie. You’re either going to be engaged the whole time, or you’re going to walk out right away.”
–John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director
“This is not a comedy… It’s a provocation, a critique of a culture based at its core around irony and sarcasm and about ultimately how hollow that is.”