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The Comedy (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 21 January 2012 (USA)
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Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

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Rick Alverson
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Heidecker ... Swanson
Eric Wareheim ... Van Arman
Jeffrey Jensen Jeffrey Jensen ... Cargill
James Murphy ... Ben
Gregg Turkington ... Bobby
Kate Lyn Sheil ... Waitress
Alexia Rasmussen ... Young woman
Liza Kate ... Sister-in-Law
Adam Scarimbolo ... Brent
Seth Koen Seth Koen ... Male nurse
Will Sheff Will Sheff ... Will
Richard Swift ... Richard
Angus Hepburn Angus Hepburn ... Wealthy Man
Grace Kiley ... Wealthy Woman
Grace Rex ... Hospital Nurse
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Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Komedia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,000, 9 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$41,113, 4 January 2013
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The black males Swanson (Tim Heidecker) encounters at a Brooklyn bar were not actors but participants. Their reactions from Heidecker stereotyping them were genuine. See more »

Quotes

Swanson: [affecting a demonic voice, in a church] You are the de-you are in the demon's house.
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Referenced in Inside Amy Schumer: Tyler Perry's Episode (2014) See more »

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The characters are certainly unlikable, but the film is still interesting
21 April 2013 | by zetesSee all my reviews

35 year-old hipster Tim Heidecker faces his father's impending death with the same attitude he faces the rest of his life: with ironic detachment. Heidecker, along with his buddies (who include Heidecker's comic partner Eric Wareheim as well as LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy) spend their days sitting around cracking jokes, getting wasted on PBR and screwing around with other people they meet. They are, to be short, completely insufferable and most people will want to slap them in mere seconds. I think, though, that this is a good snapshot of the times, and it's surprisingly poignant (the maudlin score perhaps underlines that too much). Heidecker gives a fantastic performance, doing a lot of acting with his face. It can be funny, but it's not really a comedy, per se. "The Comedy" in Heidecker's mind is life itself, and, frankly, that's just no way to go through life.


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