The Comedy directed by Rick Alverson and starring Tim Heidecker (and Eric Wareheim)
Directed by Rick Alverson, from a script he wrote with Robert Donne and Colm O’Leary, “The Comedy” is, with respect to its main character and principal conceit, an entirely conventional movie. The underachieving, overweight man-child is a stock figure in Hollywood comedies, and making the protagonist a thoroughly unpleasant person has become a staple of independent cinema. Mr. Alverson and Mr. Heidecker should be congratulated, I guess, for rigorously refusing to make Swanson the least bit sympathetic.
“The Comedy” is a case study in hipster obnoxiousness that takes no critical distance from its subject. Swanson’s vocation is trying to see what he can get away with, and of course he gets away with everything. His racist, homophobic and misogynist rants are delivered not with any evident irony, but rather proceed from the sense that he is entitled never to be taken seriously.