Monday, September 03, 2012

What Is "The Comedy?"

I've been waiting on "The Comedy," which now has a proper teaser-trailer, for awhile now - pretty much ever since it caused a storm of walk-outs and furious rebukes at Sundance. I've heard it described as an anti-mumblecore mumblecore movie, in that it's another "observational comedy" about priviliged white male hipsters... where the principal "observation" is that priviliged white male hipsters are frequently such terrible fucking people:


 

The film stars comedian and certified secret-badass Tim Heidecker of "Tim & Eric" (Eric Wareheim is also onhand) as the nominal leader of a group of thirtysomething Williamsburg manchildren who spend their days (and their money) slacking around and treating the world around them - people and all - as playthings they're already bored with. The main plot supposedly concerns Heidecker's character being on the verge of inheriting his dying father's fortune and somehow becoming an even worse excuse for a human being as a result. I'm kind of hoping that it has more to say than "See this? THIS is what you look like!" But we'll see.




Movie hits VOD in October before a theatrical run in November.

13 comments:

strongstylefiction said...

If it's anti-hipster, I fully support it even if it's not my particular cup of tea.

Razmere said...

I can go outside and deal with assholes for free any time I want.

No way am I going out of my way and spending my time and money on this annoying piece of crap.

Chris said...

And here I thought Adam Sandler was at the bottom of the talent barrel.

I want my 3 mins and 2 secs back Bob

Rarer Monsters said...

"It's not hipster, it's anti-hipster" is going to be the next big way for film critics to have orgasms over overrated movies.

Anonymous said...

"It's not hipster, it's anti-hipster." - Everyone's defense of Portlandia, a show that managed the task of being less funny and more annoying than Family Guy.

Dominic said...

I saw this at the Sydney Film Festival a while back. TIM & ERIC fans should *definitely* check any preconceptions directly tied to that show at the door; while Heidecker leads and Eric Wareheim & Gregg Turkington (latter being better known as Neil Hamburger) make appearances, it barely resembles the shows they're most known for. There are a small handful of sequences with improv-heavy conversation, where you can catch fleeting glimpses of the familiar "rim"/"there's my chippy" stream-of-consciousness style they're known for, but that's it. It's an incredibly languid film, not really as disgusting as this trailer would have you believe but nonetheless trying at times. It's MELANCHOLIA without the overbearing portent, embodying the depression of static life but with a curious levity that makes it more palatable, and with a strangely optimistic ending. Definitely check it out, Bob.

Ericson said...

If anything Bob, I think the through-line of "See this? THIS is what you look like!" is an acceptable premise for a film.

Or at least one I've been waiting for.

The idea of being part of a generation and culture that is sickeningly self absorbed and bored, yet endlessly proud of itself is something my best friend and I have been trying to digest for years. We're a bit younger than the thirties hipsters but we've spent just as much of our time wasting away in the vanity of our own self congratulatory circle-jerk antics and (as any hipster would) acknowledging them with the same disgust as we would anyone else, that it be a welcomed breadth of fresh air to see a movie touching on the subject matter.

We live in a world of ever increasing solipsism. There's an overgrowing pool of privileged young adults who feel the world is falling apart and that they lack the financial capital or resources to fix it and thus retaliate in an regressive manner.

It's an insightful thought that a financial windfall would only make their actions worse.

Anonymous said...

At this point I feel like it isn't that hard to cause walkouts and furious rebukes at Sundance, because it seems like every six months or so I hear about a movie that causes this.

Nathan Lickliter said...

Normally, I'm not a fan of Tim and Eric's comedy styling. I don't think they're bad. Tom Goes to the Mayor certainly made me laugh when I was younger when it didn't annoy me. They just aren't my cup of tea.

That being said, this movie looks interesting. Though, I wonder if they're banking on the "Clerks 2" style advertising. "What? People are walking out of this? Well, I had no desire to see it but now..."

Rarer Monsters said...

Tim and Eric are basically the new generations Tom Green. They have some talent, but they try so hard to be an uber-stylized "anti-comedy" that they never seem to be funny so much as they can briefly hold the attention of people who have overexposed themselves on actual comedy. It's not a skill. It doesn't last.

Anonymous said...

Read Bob's description... read that the Sundance "so artsy and unknown that we cant help but be up our own asses" Film Festival walked out on it in a rage... laughed my ass off...

TROLLLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOOOLLOLOLOLLOL!

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. So people walked out because the movie is making fun of the type of people that go to Sundance Film Festivals?

And wouldn't going for "anti-hipsterish" be in itself hipsterish?

Sarge said...

He who fights with hipsters should be careful he doesn't become a hipster himself, for when you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes back. -- John Locke