Amongst everything that’s been on the festival circuit this year — an (admittedly) small selection of quality material, from what can be gathered — I’ve been keeping an eye on Rick Alverson‘s The Comedy more than almost anything else. The first dramatic turn for Tim and Eric star Tim Heidecker is a reportedly dark, upsetting, and thoughtful examination of comedy-obsessed hipsters and how their lives lack any true direction. It’s probably not going to be a box office smash, no, but some have labeled it one of the year’s best films; we felt a little differently, however.
Now, Deadline reports that Tribeca Films will distribute The Comedy this coming October, with a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release coming our way, the latter of which will take place on most digital formats known to man. (Tribeca Enterprises CEO Geoff Gilmore is hoping to “[spark] conversation and debate” with its release, and this format doesn’t hurt that effort.) Although Danny McBride and David Gordon Green elected to “present” the film by way of their Rough House Pictures label, the specifics of their participation now feel slightly less concrete with this recent acquisition. Even if it’s just a quick title and credit, I’d like to think their efforts were worth some time and money.
And, when we’re talking about a film that features more of what can be seen below, I couldn’t care less who distributes it:
Have you been anticipating The Comedy, and do you plan to see it this October?
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