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On the cusp of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker, "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days in aimless recreation with like-minded friends ("Tim & Eric" co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The longest and dreariest 94 minutes I've spent on a movie this year."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A mean-spirited piece of mumblecore that tries to provoke you, but only succeeds in boring you."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"As a portrait of a generation that's almost collectively sociopathic, this is frightening. For the right audience it's also damn funny. If I wasn't so emotionally stunted and able to enjoy things unironically I'd say I loved it."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"This is a lacerating portrait of the sort of narcissistic self-loathing that has kept educated, economically comfortable young people from achieving their true potential, from Benjamin Braddock to Hannah Horvath."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"All this is credible enough until Swanson exits the airtight bubble of his peers to bully New York City at large."
‑ Leah Churner, Austin Chronicle
"None of this is necessarily funny. That's the extent of the irony here."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A character study that tries to make the revolting compelling."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"While this could have been the perfect portrait of a certain kind of idiot, the baroque cruelties and tonal monotony go too far."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Champions what it appears to mock and indicts what it appears to glorify."
‑ Michael Nordine, Willamette Week
"Pushing the boundaries of taste isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the film is so busy daring its audience to hurl insults that it forgets to simply be funny."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy.""
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"If you can discern any critical distance or interesting perspective here, or even a good reason to spend 90 minutes in such company, I'm afraid the joke is on you."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"An essential portrait of a generation of people laughing so hard that they've forgotten the joke is on them."
‑ David Ehrlich, Boxoffice Magazine
"[A] relentlessly aimless, abrasive stab at black humor."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"A billion times better than Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
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