The Puffy Chair
(R, 1:24:37, Released 2005)
|Genres:||Drama, Art House & International, Comedy|
|Release Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
|DVD Release Date:||Jan 23, 2007|
|Starring:||Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, Rhett Wilkins, Juliet Fischer, Bari Hyman, Gerald Finnegan, Kathryn Aselton, Julie Fischer|
|Directed by:||Jay Duplass|
|Synopsis:||After finding a vintage Lazy Boy recliner online just like the one that used to grace his childhood living room, Josh decides to purchase the purple relic and deliver it to his father as a surprise birthday gift. Josh's simple plan is suddenly complicated when his emotionally demanding girlfriend, Emily, and his granola-munching brother, Rhett join him on the trip. During the road trip and mission, Josh learns a thing or two about himself and his relationships in the process.|
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March 18, 2013
The mid 2000's was awash with these 'real life' American indie drama/comedies and most of them annoyed me immensely. This was one of them. The premise was fine, yes not all your dreams come true and reality can hit quite hard sometimes but this attempt at explaining this, with a 'Fuffy chair' being a central prop, does not make it any better or tell us anything we don't already know or help in any kind of way. Exploration of the painfully obvious and dreadfully dull, watch only if you have all the time in the world at your disposal.
November 23, 2012
An emotionally unavailable man and his wife take a road trip to visit his father, along the way picking up his hippie emotionally unavailable brother.
Guess what this film is about. You got it: emotional unavailability. Normally I have a high tolerance for douchey characters as long as they're interesting. Josh and Rhett are douchey and uninteresting. Throughout the film it's hard to sympathize with them, and in the third act argument between Josh and Emily, the film is unfair to her: it's clear that she meant that she deserved better than the way he was treating her, not that she deserved better than him. It's bad writing.
The performances are mostly good; I don't think Mark Duplass could have done more with the character he wrote for himself.
Overall, this isn't a very complex or intelligently written film.
October 12, 2010
Cast: Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Julie Fischer, Rhett Wilkins
Director: Jay Duplass
Summary: When Josh (Mark Duplass, whose brother Jay directs) finds the perfect birthday present for his father, he decides to deliver it in person. But with his high-maintenance girlfriend (Kathryn Aselton) and granola brother (Rhett Wilkins) along for the ride, Josh's road trip turns into a bigger journey than anyone anticipated. This indie romantic dramedy was an audience favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
My Thoughts: "I enjoyed watching it. I found the two bothers to be interesting characters, and I found the girlfriend to be just annoying. I can't stand girls who are that needy, whinny, and that need a lot of attention. She is quite negative throughout. He made the mistake of inviting her along. It's not a film that is going to wow you and it's not your typical hollywood formula film. Which I think is the reason I liked it more then I thought I would. It's funny, quirky, and has a well enough story-line. Totally worth the watch."
August 23, 2009
Weirdest freakin' movie I have seen in a while, but it was worth the watch.
September 19, 2008
Inconsequential but well acted yarn with a believable central relationship 'on the rocks' but an unconvincing stoner brother character. Oh and enough with the 'dude' and 'man' tags on every utterance.
fb721890245February 24, 2012
The Duplass' get better as the years go by but this early piece seemed overly trite to me. It really took them three years to get what makes a good picture. This one is a miss.
July 17, 2010
Hollywood concentrates too much on comparison. Tom Hanks is the new Jimmy Stewart, et cetera and ad nauseum. This said, this reviewer has officially enlisted in the hypocrisy, trumpeting the arrival of the Duplass Brothers as the new Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused). Far from a put-down, this comparison smacks of greatness as this is the man who gave moviegoers the brilliantly astute bookend valentines Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. As adept a character study as it is for its funny and thought-provoking exchanges, The Puffy Chair is simple filmmaking that elicits winningly complex results.
In this R-rated dramedy: After a potentially devastating fight, Josh (Duplass) invites girlfriend Emily (Aselton) on a road-trip to pick up a beat-up old recliner for his father's birthday. Along the way, his brother Rhett (Rhett Wilkins) thumbs a ride, beginning a hilarious and telling journey of discovery.
Taking dead aim with biting dialogue, pitch-perfect performances, and an appropriate hand-held style, Jay Duplass fires off a rewardingly offbeat realistic story much like Linklater did with Slacker 15 years ago. It hits home--from the confines of a crowded Cineplex or a beat-up old rocker.
Bottom line: Three Chairs, uh, Cheers for this flick.
July 27, 2007
What a shitty movie!!
Independent films tend to please me with their brilliant and original filmwork, but this one started licking gopher cock from the very beginning.
The dialogue seemed poorly-improvised, without any more than 3 semi-interesting scenes.
The only pleasant part about this film is its length - very short.
November 20, 2009
Every single character is grating and unlikable. So way to go with realism, Duplass Brothers! This is decent mumblecore (my favorite scene was the drunken midnight wedding), but for the real stuff skip to Andrew Bujalski.
August 23, 2007
The nutsack reference was pretty funny but after that it was just an OK movie. I didn't like the ending either.
March 15, 2007
A movie oozing verisimilitude about two twenty-somethings who are at a precipice in their relationship, on whether it should move forward or end.
February 21, 2007
the only thing more painful than watching this movie would be knowing the characters. man, were they obnoxious and pretentious. with that said, the actors were fabulous. so good that they were unbearable to watch!