Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The Puffy Chair

Mitch came back from Sundance in 2005 raving about this film. It took awhile for it to get released but it finally came out in June of 2006. I can see why he liked it so much even if it didn't blow me away or anything. It seems like the kind of movie that would be a breath of fresh air after sitting through two other movies earlier in the day.

It is pleasant, quite funny at times, and well-acted. Mitch ranked it at his tenth favorite film of 2005. He wrote:
Very well-crafted
Authentic relationship
It felt real throughout
I'd like to add that it felt like the films of Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation) but without all the stilted nature of those two. Bujalski's movies thrive on the akward nature of how people interact with each other. This film deals with some of the same issues but in a more likable and less stylized way.

I agree with Mitch in that the girlfriend is ridiculously cute. But he likened the main character to Nick from Freaks and Geeks. I see more of a Jim from The Office kind of vibe. The brother reminded SHR (she kind of watched the movie as she worked on other things at the computer) and me of Sam Beam from Iron and Wine.

The film is about a struggling indie rocker who buys a chair on eBay for his father's birthday and decides to head to Atlanta to pick it up. His girlfriend and brother end up for the ride.

The film would hook you if you just happened to stumble upon it on cable. It is definitely quite likable. And the scene where the three try to trick a motel owner that they are only one person rather than three to save ten bucks is one of the funniest scenes of any movie from 2006.

Finally, I'd also say that the movie has one of the more ballsy endings for such a small kind of movie.

Directed by Jay Duplass
Showtime Showcase


youthlarge said...

i think the lead guy in this looks like jeff gramm.

mas said...

I didn't like this as much the second time, so you may be right about enjoying it in context - but it's still pretty good for what it is, which is a simple three-character road trip with some funny moments and realistic dialogue.

And your look-alike comparisons are also on the money - I probably would have gone with Jim from "The Office" if the show had been on when I saw the movie.

weasel said...

Dude, of course the girlfriend was ridiculously cute, she's from Millbridge, Maine.

Fresh sea air, lobster, and blueberries. Keeps yer young.