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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

Directed By: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Written By: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Starring: Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, Rhett Wilkins, Bari Hyman, Gerald Finnegan, Julie Fischer

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The Puffy Chair belongs to 13 collections
1. Brothers (public: moderated by djross - 3 stars)
2. Mumblecore (public: moderated by Moribunny - 3 stars)
3. Budget of less than $50,000 (your public collection - 3 stars) | remove from collection
4. us-tv McD 101 from the 2000s (private: timxyz)
5. Ignored Films (your private collection) | remove from collection
6. Ignored Films (your private collection) | remove from collection
7. AA: Independent Cinema (private: KasperL)


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imdb imdb
63T5
frnk23 frnk23
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robixsmash
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batui
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Exidor
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evanfrrll evanfrrll
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LEAVES
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Moribunny Moribunny
70T8
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.
amerigo amerigo
94T10
vsls vsls
50T3
jzelasko
82T4
abesempire
90T7
paulstomb
70T4
JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
73T8
pzingg
83T4
gtsnuggler
3T6
kastenm kastenm
40T1
DesertPunk DesertPunk
83T9
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.
rettelo rettelo
78T6
CMQuinn CMQuinn
8T8
teckgecko teckgecko
62T3
Allynhi
65T7
Merc Merc
30T1
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30T1
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68T5
stbattle
77T5
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71T6
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55T5
nlrsox
80T4
dooooooley
95T10
mrturk182
56T4
hypnotoad1
70T3
spins
70T3
bob thrillin
5T1
This is an amalgam of every quirky, post-Wes Anderson indie dramedy cliche imaginable.
ECSR
9T9
nateamill
90T8
AAAutin AAAutin
61T9
jeffv jeff_v
45T1
Pyromancer
73T5
monomania
100T8
spamminator
70T7
drummerx357
86T6
mimurph1 mimurph1
57T5
timxyz timxyz
6T5
bookhouseboy bookhouseboy
65T9
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.
Westbrook0
88T8
goldsoundz
81T8
WillsW0rld WillsW0rld
73T3
I love the Duplass style, but the plot of the film just wasn't cutting it for me.
blucthulhu
70T6
ewdewald ewdewald
85T9
gargantua gargantua
43T3
Suda_Balk Suda Balık
50T3
dmk dmk
85T9
smackpooky
67T7
schizotoast schizotoast
90T9
Riptide0 Riptide0
81T7
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.
pinkyxox
85T6
fullmetal
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LadyBird LadyBird
100T6
chaw
63T6
moviefreak moviefreak
88T8
SlantMag SlantMag
25T7
"The film never quite strikes a comfortable or graceful balance between silliness and solemnity." - Nick Schager
writerish
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climber202
80T6
spants
75T2
ScrumYummy
70T6
souljadler
55T1
joshpatton joshpatton
77T3
Slvbarek Actionberg
80T8
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.
RetinaScan RetinaScan
70T4
DrinkMilk
68T7
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40T3
Yeboah
71T7
Szeretlek
90T6
Meta_Critic Meta Critic
73T9
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65T4
Baby Sloth
65T5
symatak symatak
80T6
ramshackled
80T5
Drumpie Drumpie
55T5
dsims3
65T4
theScud
54T1
Piglet Piglet
72T7
Matthew Matthew
60T6
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68T4
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64T4
lotr23 lotr23
90T10
jack_parsons jack parsons
9T8
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!
Pyrohemian
68T4
Guernica Guernica
36T3
moodeuce
70T6
green_man Edson Abas
39T3
OhYes OhYes
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dezzic10
70T3
forehead1
40T3
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.
lumpnboy lumpnboy
45T5
micmac micmac•
47T3
JGH JGH
25T1
NRM01
66T8
closedmouth closedmouth
90T9
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.
Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
62T4
Adam_P_D Adam P-D
30T3
SirStuckey SirStuckey
75T7
"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
kxlly kxlly
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nrm4
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abouthil
80T3
Pickpocket Pickpocket
7T7
twhitcomb91 twhitcomb91
89T8
psim psim
80T8
JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
75T8
I liked it. The hippie brother character and the actor playing him was quite annoying. Other than that, yeah, pretty good.
chrisssslim chrisssslim
71T6
Vmfs
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filmaffinity filmaffinity
66T7
Ssuzanne Ayizan
40T1
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67T5
benifex
55T3
Learntoread
80T3
zweird
58T3
mattorama12 mattorama12
62T5
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.
chbbread
60T3
jsn7821
70T2
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85T8
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40T4
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79T9
Deaths
0T1
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80T7
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60T6
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60T6
SirRobbie SirRobbie
70T6
Mohko Mohko
75T8
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.
Cherish Cherish
65T7
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57T3
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75T5
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58T6
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65T5
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71T5
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60T6
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76T7
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73T8
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54T4
TVFilm_Hub TV+Film-Hub
1T2
sebby sebby
65T5
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."
freeipods freeipods
72T7
orcun21
77T7
highvalley high_valley
85T9
Paracosm Paracosm
3T2
mallamp
70T6
drone drone
88T10
pascally
76T9
kalbgb
39T2
phoBos42
86T6
spookyjon
93T10
jakartan jakartan
51T1
ari
45T4
Kauf
83T5
filmcricket
66T7
sellis
88T9
dyslxichrt dyslxichrt
81T6
Jazzaloha
69T7
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.
TraverseTown TraverseTown
85T9
feelthefeeva
52T8
Who8muhrice
81T5
tinysausage tinysausage
67T4
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.
ThirdAct
60T8
Tester Tester
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RavynLoony
57T6
TJ Ximenez
65T5
10kfilms
57T6
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65T6
Good Movie
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79T8
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50T4
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
55T4
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58T3
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70T9
Ytadel Ytadel
70T8
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.
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