Swanson's father is dying a slow death but you would never know based off of Swanson's attitude as he spends his days aimlessly screwing around with his like-minded friends. His father is an incredibly wealthy man, and while Swanson certainly doesn't lavishly spend his fathers' money, he's essentially a grown man-child whose never had to deal with any real responsibility. Extremely crude, and unapologetic in its approach, Rick Alverson's The Comedy is a film that is bound to be incredibly divisive. While watching The Comedy I wondered if this was a film which set out to depict a generation of privileged children, or maybe a cautionary tale for the successful on how to raise their children but ultimately I think The Comedy is simply a detailed character study of a man-child, that successfully captures the nuances and subtleties of the character. Some won't find the movie funny, as the humor is very vulgar and abrasive, but the film understands the character of Swanson and completely fits this man-child. Most of the film we simply follow Swanson throughout his various antics which make up his day. There are a few scenes throughout the film that are meant to evoke an emotional response, and they do, for the viewer, but not from Swanson, a man who appears to not have a compassionate bone in his body. The last scene is the perfect conclusion for The Comedy, showing Swanson playing on the beach with a 5 year old boy, someone who he can relate too. Rick Alverson's The Comedy is the type of film which most people will proclaim "is about nothing", and it's certainly an acquired taste, but I found it to be a comical, interesting character piece.
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