Sundance review: "The Comedy"
Published: January 22, 2012 02:56AM
Updated: January 22, 2012 07:33AM
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Tim Heidecker plays a hipster who finds it easy to be cynical, in "The Comedy." Courtesy Sundance Institute

“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

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