How do you sell a movie that’s earned the dubious distinction of having one of the highest walkout rates in recent Sundance memory? Well, if you’re the marketing team behind Rick Alverson‘s The Comedy, by defiantly playing up the horrified reactions in your own trailer.

Starring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Comedy is a super dark, super dry look at the exquisite pain of being a young(ish) wealthy white dude in America. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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For ten years, from 2001 to 2011, producer James Murphy wrote, recorded and performed music as LCD Soundsystem. The band, nearly a one-man show in the studio but fronted by Murphy as a more traditional rock group on stage, played an almost-familiar dance/rock hybrid that could hit euphoric highs even as the lyrics were characterized by a bitter self-awareness. They were pretty big by the time Murphy called it quits last year, capping off his career as a Big Rock Star with a four-hour show at Madison Square Garden that featured a host of indie luminaries as guests.

That final show will soon be released in full on DVD, but there is also a documentary about Murphy, the last days of LCD Soundsystem, and the aftermath of Murphy’s career as a minor rock star. Called Shut Up and Play the Hits, directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film will premiere at Sundance, and the trailer is below. Read More »

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