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Sundance review: "The Comedy"

Published January 22, 2012 2:56 am

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"The Comedy"

U.S. Dramatic

** (two stars)

You either groove to the desert-dry humor of director Rick Alverson's film – a scathingly ironic study of the overprivileged white hipster class that populates Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood – or you don't. I didn't, as watching one disaffected rich guy (Tim Heidecker, of "Tim & Eric" fame) meander through his life, cracking tasteless jokes about Hitler and playing impromptu pranks on anyone he encounters, was like getting the self-absorbed misanthropy of "Seinfeld" minus the jokes. Heidecker's performance is oddly heroic, as he holds nothing back in depicting his character as an unrecalcitrant jerk.

— Sean P. Means

"The Comedy" screens again:

Monday, Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2:30 p.m., Sundance Screening Room, Sundance resort

Thursday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Eccles Theatre

Friday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m., Salt Lake City Library, Salt Lake City

Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m., Library Center Theatre, Park City