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The Puffy Chair (2005)
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Summary: The story of three very different people and a giant purple puffy chair in a too-small van. -- and one of them has to go before the trip's end. (Roadside Attraction)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
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na mightysparks
70
T9
na Zeno
75
T7
na bob thrillin
5
T1
This is an amalgam of every quirky, post-Wes Anderson indie dramedy cliche imaginable.
na abouthil
80
T3
na filmcricket
66
T7
na bookhouseboy
65
T9
Duplass-Brothers feature debut is a road trip on a shoestring budget, and we're following two brothers and a girl on a funny,charming and emotional journey; a slice of life that's realistic and relatable thanks to the screenplay and good performances from the lead trio, especially Katie.A is impressive. *Preview*: #12#, exp-3*, story, reviews, writers-directors Duplass'/1, Katie.A/6, M.Duplass/4, R4.
na OhYes
65
T7
na twhitcomb91
89
T8
na kxlly
81
T9
na pascally
76
T9
na jeff_v
45
T1
na tinysausage
67
T4
A pretty good script - some of the relationship dynamics really rang true. But come on Duplass Bros. - you're filmmakers, learn how to focus a camera already.
na sandri
80
T5
na RetinaScan
70
T4
na imdb
63
T5
na Drumpie
55
T5
na Jazzaloha
69
T7
Mark Duplass' film persona is not necessarily likable, but I can't deny that he is funny. Rhett Atkins is also pretty funny in this. The story is not so great, but there some good comedic moments.
na blucthulhu
70
T6
na nateamill
90
T8
na closedmouth
90
T9
Maybe it's because I've been watching The League lately and consequently find Mark and Katie immediately likeable, but I thought this was a compelling, beautiful, complex depiction of a real, messy relationship, and relationships in general. Far from being plotless, it uses the MacGuffins of the road trip and the titular chair to tell a series of short stories illustrating the fascinating flaws of these complex characters. Even the lame ending with all its false catharsis seems appropriate.
na writerish
100
T10
na donquixotic
0
T6
na drone
88
T10
na bobdigi
76
T7
na spins
70
T3
na fullmetal
70
T6
na Bacchanalian
62
T4
na sebby
65
T5
The hippie brother is such a dipshit. Damn it, I hate hippies so much. Duplass is such a dude, wants his cake and to eat it, too (his g/f, she sucks ass, is the cake in this metaphor, by the way), and goes Rambo on two different dudes for fucking with his chair. Really great stuff. Man, the g/f sucks so much. Total nightmare witch, inviting herself onto the man-trip and then stirring up crazy shit. Witch Brew. But Duplass is such a dude he's like, "You can come and we'll fuck, but that's that."
na moviefreak
88
T8
na Cherish
65
T7
na Who8muhrice
81
T5
na theScud
54
T1
na sellis
88
T9
na Alan_Laidlaw
71
T4
na IMDb-byvotes
64
T4
na mattorama12
62
T5
Shows a mastery of tone that's rare among first time filmmakers. The characters are all interesting and well-layered. The horribly annoying camera (evoking The Office) and lackadaisical plot really keep this from being something I could really into though.
na PJH
50
T2
na Pyrohemian
68
T4
na ewdewald
85
T9
na onetwothree
30
T1
na stillfuchsia
75
T5
na micmac•
47
T2
na chaw
63
T6
na nrm4
64
T6
na freeipods
72
T7
na DrinkMilk
68
T7
na Meta Critic
73
T9
na CMQuinn
8
T8
na avgcrtckr
58
T6
na JakeAesthete
73
T8
na pvalois
20
T1
na frnk23
70
T8
na evanfrrll
78
T4
na vsls
50
T3
na gargantua
43
T1
na TJ Ximenez
65
T5
na schnofel
79
T9
na heapshake
55
T5
na TraverseTown
85
T8
na kangadoodoo
60
T6
na paulstomb
70
T4
na salty dog
71
T6
na chknpk
60
T6
na Moribunny
70
T8
One of the more effective "mumblecore" films, The Puffy Chair is a no-budget independent effort that relies on genuinely interesting characters in realistic and interesting situations. Co-director Mark Duplass plays the lead, a conniving douchebag who is somehow sympathetic.
na jsn7821
70
T2
na SlantMag
25
T7
"The film never quite strikes a comfortable or graceful balance between silliness and solemnity." - Nick Schager
na jack parsons
9
T8
It is really inspiring seeing a movie that doesn't rely on cinematography, especially for guys trying to create no budget films. This was just fantastic writing and GREAT performances. The Duplass brothers know how to write, direct, and act. An incredibly talented duo!
na WillsW0rld
73
T3
I love the Duplass style, but the plot of the film just wasn't cutting it for me.
na Deaths
0
T1
na pzingg
83
T4
na fuzzleshnops
40
T3
na mimurph1
57
T5
na mundy767
68
T5
na winds
4
T3
na lotr23
90
T10
na rettelo
78
T6
na Mohko
75
T8
Fun little indie drama-comedy. At times the charactes feel a bit too caricature like but the cast has an awesome chemistry between them. Also Mark Duplass is just always a joy to watch.
na Szeretlek
90
T6
na Riptide0
81
T7
This a movie too good for me to have almost forgotten it. Very funny and insightful as three people try to do just one thing together and end up getting in each other's way. Very much worth a watch.
na Tester
54
T6
na benifex
55
T3
na smackpooky
67
T7
na Exidor
60
T3
na joshpatton
77
T3
na forehead1
40
T3
A guy, his girlfriend and his brother drive cross-country to pick up an armchair, running into a couple of bumps along the way. Towards the end there are two or three very good discussions on the subject of marriage/relationships, but too many pointless scenes throughout (mainly involving the hippy brother) add nothing and just take up valuable time in such a short film. Having never seen Duplass acting before, I was impressed by his performance in this.
na dmk
85
T9
na filmaffinity
66
T7
na Pickpocket
7
T7
na DesertPunk
83
T9
There's something about the story of The Puffy Chair that hits a really hard chord in me, and I'm not even sure why. Way more effective than you'd think.
na cory.nowacky
80
T7
na psim
80
T7
na pinkyxox
85
T6
na demirtas
1
T2
na hypnotoad1
70
T3
na ScrumYummy
70
T6
na cdub12
79
T8
na robixsmash
60
T4
na Pyromancer
73
T5
na ECSR
9
T9
na Guernica
36
T3
na kastenm
40
T1
na AAAutin
61
T9
na Phlag
68
T4
na kalbgb
39
T2
na sidehacker
67
T5
na timxyz
6
T5
na high_valley
85
T9
na dezzic10
70
T3
na C12H17N2O4P
65
T4
na chrisssslim
71
T6
na climber202
80
T6
na feelthefeeva
52
T8
na RNG
84
T9
na Ayizan
40
T1
na dooooooley
95
T10
na dyslxichrt
81
T7
na rickyafraid
87
T9
na abesempire
90
T7
na jakartan
51
T1
na JJ1986
60
T6
na schizotoast
90
T9
na chbbread
60
T3
na mrturk182
56
T4
na symatak
80
T6
na Baby Sloth
65
T4
na LEAVES
28
T3
na LadyBird
100
T6
na Vmfs
7
T6
na AEHelmke
55
T4
na nminichino
50
T4
na TV+Film-Hub
1
T2
na mallamp
70
T6
na Actionberg
75
T7
I can't really speak to the film's role in the Mumblecore movement because I still don't get exactly what separates it from a lot of American independent cinema dating back several decades, but overall I thought it was pretty good. It establishes this kind of intimacy with the main relationship that makes it hard to not get emotionally involved. The ending was its most superb moment, one that really rings true to life with its frankness.
na goldsoundz
81
T8
na NRM01
66
T8
na mercer
83
T7
na Piglet
72
T7
na cloak
73
T8
na Vandelay1
65
T6
Good Movie
na Learntoread
80
T3
na nlrsox
80
T4
na SirStuckey
75
T7
"No budget, no problem. Instead we'll create simple stories that border on absurd and yet feel incredibly realistic because we create meaningful characters that everyone can relate to in some way." - The Duplass Brothers to Hollywood
na capodelnulla
57
T3
na JohnSandwich
75
T8
I liked it. The hippie brother character and the actor playing him was quite annoying. Other than that, yeah, pretty good.
na Yeboah
71
T7
na Ytadel
77
T8
The minimal production values are overcome by three really strong leading performances and a tone that hews so closely to real life that I was totally drawn in. The emotional impact of certain scenes was downright visceral.
na ari
45
T4
na Westbrook0
88
T8
na JGH
25
T1
na Edson Abas
50
T4
na gtsnuggler
3
T6
na spookyjon
93
T10
na amerigo
94
T10
na teckgecko
62
T3
na spamminator
70
T7
na Adam P-D
30
T3
na Matthew
60
T6
na wbgoose13
65
T5
na Kauf
83
T5
Average Tier 5.65 from 159 Rankings rss