The Comedy
The Comedy (2012)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 26, 2013
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47%
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54%



Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The longest and dreariest 94 minutes I've spent on a movie this year.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

A mean-spirited piece of mumblecore that tries to provoke you, but only succeeds in boring you.

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

None of this is necessarily funny. That's the extent of the irony here.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A character study that tries to make the revolting compelling.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

While this could have been the perfect portrait of a certain kind of idiot, the baroque cruelties and tonal monotony go too far.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy."

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

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David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine

An essential portrait of a generation of people laughing so hard that they've forgotten the joke is on them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
After watching The Comedy, I'm sort of perplexed at the idea that I liked the movie. To be honest, I couldn't give you a real reason why either. As a… More
Markus Robinson
Suffice to say, "The Comedy" is not a comedy (even though it does contain laughs) nor is it necessarily about comedians. Spearheaded by a shockingly… More
Reid Volk
While I may regret saying this at some future point in my life, I saw a lot of myself in Swanson, the protagonist of this film who, day by day, is trudging… More
Sam Barnett
An accurate depiction of a very specific type of person, but its not exactly a probing character study. Which would be fine, if it didn't set itself up to… More
Chris Miele
Didn't know I would like this movie as much as I did. It shows something you don't usually see in movies. The main character pushes as many boundaries… More
Kevin Cookman
It could have been a striking portrait of deranged, over-privileged Williamsburg inhabitants, but instead opts for a not even quarter-baked character study of… More