Via /Film, we have the debuting teaser trailer for Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, a disconcerting portrait of white male privilege that reportedly challenged the Sundance walkout record when it bowed at the festival earlier this year. The teaser doesn’t try to hide its reputation – the first featured quote is from a perplexed Huffington Post critic who characterized the film as “the worst I’ve ever seen” and “on second thought, kind of brilliant.”
The Comedy stars Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job fame) as Swanson, a disaffected Williamsburg hipster about to inherit his dying father’s estate, tooling around New York City with his equally immature buddies (played by Awesome Show comrade Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy) and engaging in all kinds of offensive, antisocial behavior. The teaser’s image of a pudgy, laconic Heidecker watching a friend knock golf balls into the Hudson River is a long way from the conniving, charismatic figure of this year’s Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (which we loved).
lverson’s ironically-titled drama sounds an aggressive rebuke to men behaving badly films like The Hangover that celebrate an emotionally-arrested definition of masculinity. In that light, it’s not so different Heidecker and Wareheim’s Awesome Show shtick that puts an absurdist bent on the most vapid aspects of mass culture. Check out the teaser below and tell us if you agree:
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What do you think of this approach to marketing a “difficult” movie? And more importantly, where’s my chippy?
The Comedy hits VOD on October 24 and gets a limited theatrical release on November 16.