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5 times Jason Schwartzman played a pretentious hipster

After seeing the charmingly hilarious film The Overnight, it struck me that it is not often that I’ve seen Jason Schwartzman not play a pretentious hipster douchebag—right from his early role as the precocious teenager Max in Rushmore. Not that I mind; he does it so well. Then, of course, this could be his personality in real life, which is a possibility, growing up in a famous family and playing in various indie rock bands. I am sure there is some self-awareness that is involved, or else you can imagine he’s be insulted with the roles given to him.

In homage, here are some of his best douchebag performances.

The Overnight (2015)

I can’t reccommend The Overnight enough. Schwartzman plays a new friend made by the film’s seemingly normal couple (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling). They meet in a park after he scolds them for feeding sugar to his child—while wearing a suit in a park, mind you. Come to find out that Schwartman has a trendy house, is a world traveler, has a hobby in water filtration, and possesses a penchant for painting a certain part of the body. I don’t want to spoil much more of the film, but the characters descend into a realm of ridiculousness that keeps topping itself.

Listen Up, Phillip! (2014)

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Listen Up, Phillip! is a little-known independent film from last year where Schwartman plays the titular Phillip, a young author who has found early success with a first novel. He doesn’t spare anyone from hearing about his greatness, including his agent, fellow authors, and his patient girlfriend (Elizabeth Moss at her best). Phillip eventually gets a position teaching writing at a small, secluded liberal arts school with his writing idol. There’s every chance in the world for Phillip to change and grow, but his narcissism remains strong. Phillip is likely one of the hardest protagonists to get behind, but there’s something fascinating about waiting to see who he will insult and alienate next.

Funny People (2009)

In Judd Apatow’s navel-gazey film about standup comedy, Schwartzman plays Mark, one of Seth Rogen’s roommates, all of whom are in Los Angeles to seek fame. Mark landed his own sitcom, a Dangerous Minds–meets–Welcome Back, Kotter show called Yo, Teach!. It’s a terrible show, but in the world of the wannabe famous, Rogen’s character can’t help but feel like a failure—especially when Mark also purposefully flirts with the girls he is also interested in. Mark is the type of Hollywood douchebag that you know Hollywood is teeming with.

Several web videos of Yo, Teach were actually produced in conjunction with the film. These hidden gems were glossed over when the film received less than the expected turnout.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

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Throughout the film, we hear about the infamous Gideon Graves for a while before we see him. We learn that he is a hipster record producer, is the most powerful of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends, and is the one that has the most hold over her. How fast could they get Schwartzman on the phone for this one? He’s about as douchey as you’d expect, and takes pleasure in demeaning Scott (Michael Cera): “Well, if my cathedral of cutting-edge taste holds no interest for your tragically Canadian sensibilities, then I shall be forced to grant you a swift exit from the premises … and a fast entrance into hell! “

Parks and Recreation (2013)

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In “Bailout,” a season five episode of Parks and Recreation, Leslie tries to save a struggling video-rental store by declaring it a historical landmark. Schwartzman plays the owner who insists on only carrying old films and no current blockbusters. When Leslie suggests he may want to play a different film, he suggests Shoah. I wonder if they even considered someone else for the part.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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