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Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Fest
"A dark, determinedly abrasive study" -Variety
"Transgressively brilliant" -Village Voice
"[Tim] Heidecker brings a startling depth to his performance" -Los Angeles Times
½ -Slant Magazine
"Few films have better articulated the limits of irony as a force field against the world" -Onion AV Club
Provocative -Chicago Reader
Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) stars as Swanson, an aging hipster in Brooklyn who hangs out daily with his similarly-minded friends, (Tim & Eric co-star Eric Wareheim, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and comedian Gregg Turkington, a.k.a. "Neil Hamburger") in games of comic irreverence and mock sincerity. As Swanson indifferently awaits a large inheritance from his father's estate, he grows restless of the safety a sheltered life offers, and begins to test the limits of acceptable behavior by pushing the envelope in every way he can. His acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom cleverly masks a deep desire for a personal connection in our digital world.
Desensitized and disenchanted, he strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution. As taboos are broken, audience members are forced to question their boundaries and wonder if they should be laughing with it, at it, or not at all. The Comedy is a compulsively fascinating as well as a scathing look at the male psyche on the verge of collapse.
Filmmaker Rick Alverson (The Builder, New Jerusalem) has made a carefully observed portrait of our American culture which both provokes and disorients our expectations, in this affecting satire of our current anestheticized generation.