• Tue 25 Mar 9:30PM

Sorry, you missed this one

Adults $22+BF
Concession $18+BF

Film Starts 9.30PM


Rooftop Cinema
Level 6, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne

The Comedy

Director • Rick Alverson

Country • USA

Year • 2012

Duration • 95 min

Rating • MA15+

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.

Screening as part of the Speakeasy Cinema Selects series at Rooftop Cinema, every Tuesday evening through the ’13-14 season.

“An epic display of the over-privileged, eternally adolescent white American male behaving badly… Alverson is onto something culturally significant.”

–The Hollywood Reporter

“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.”

–Eric Wareheim

“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.”

–John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director