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      The Puffy Chair

      2005, Comedy, 1h 25m

      52 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      First-timer Duplass offers a realistic and thoughtful romantic comedy. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Josh (Mark Duplass), a struggling musician, wins a vintage recliner in an eBay auction. Since he lives in New York and the chair is in Atlanta, this poses a bit of a problem. He asks his girlfriend, Emily (Kathryn Aselton), to accompany him on the trip, and his hippie brother Rhett (Rhett Wilkins) joins the pair along the way.

      • Rating: R (Language)

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jay Duplass

      • Producer: Mark Duplass

      • Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $192.5K

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      • Production Co: Duplass Brothers

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SR

      • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

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      • Nov 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.

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      • Feb 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.

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      • Jul 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.

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      • Oct 22, 2009

        Waaaaaay better then what I was expecting.Great movie

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