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Overall Rating
4.17

Awesome42.55%
Worth A Look42.55%
Average: 8.51%
Pretty Bad: 2.13%
Total Crap: 4.26%

4 reviews, 23 user ratings


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"A funny and refreshingly honest film about relationships"
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2005: A great little indie comedy about young adults forced to rethink their priorities in life. It’s funny, moving and sad, pretty much like life itself.

Josh and Emily have been a couple forever. When Josh decides he wants some “solo time” to go on a short road trip, in order to pick up a purple armchair he has bought as a birthday present for his dad, Emily has a bit of a problem understanding why she cannot come on the trip. After a big argument, Josh decides to let her come along and when they start off it seems even to him like he has made the right decision. Then, his hippie brother decides that he needs to join them on the trip as well. The three of them hit the road and embarks on journey where they all learn things about themselves they never knew and are forced to re-evaluate their relationships.

Even if their relationship is far from perfect there’s great chemistry between the two leads. They are extremely believable as a couple, playing off each other perfectly. Even the dialogue feels realistic, something that is quite unusual in films about young adults in relationships. There are no long, pretentious monologues about existentialist problems and no overly cheesy displays of affection, apart from Josh and Emily’s slightly annoying habit of speaking “baby talk” to each other.

As the trip goes along it becomes clear that there are problems in Josh and Emily’s relationship, problems that are going to be very hard to solve. Emily is by no means perfect, but she’s not to blame here. Josh really is the “emotional retard” he says he is and is completely incapable of showing the affection and commitment she so desperately needs. It doesn’t exactly help that Josh’s brother Rhett manages to make a mockery of what Emily thinks is the most romantic evening of her life. “What is wrong with you guys?” is the ancient question that Emily and many other girls are so desperate to find the answer to. What this film shows is that there isn't necessarily an answer to that question, it’s just the way things are. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.

The shaky DV camera work doesn’t really do the film any aesthetic favours, but it doesn't matter. The film's charm lies in the performances and in the well-written script and it all works very well. It's a pleasure to watch from beginning to end and I'm quite excited to see what's next for the Duplass brothers.

With excellent performances from the three leads, the script comes to life in a way most relationship comedies can only dream of. If only all indie comedies were this well-executed.

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User Comments

6/01/10 User Name Moderatly entertaining indy made on less than a shoestring budget. 3 stars
7/29/07 adrian It had its ups and downs it really depicts how much relationship can hurt it was great. 5 stars
2/26/07 Ronnie Its boring, random and realistic 3 stars
2/24/07 Adam this movie very subtly exploded my head. 5 stars
2/13/07 Holger Hansen bad acting, painfully slow, story goes nowhere, 2 stars
10/15/06 William Goss Rather slight, and slightly overrated, relationship dramedy is decent enough to enjoy. 3 stars
6/15/06 Anthony this movie sucked 1 stars
6/06/06 CB younger brother Rhett stole the show in my opinion 5 stars
7/21/05 Therese Fitzpatrick a good movie: i esp. loved all the casual profanity, which is how peops in my world talk 4 stars
6/29/05 Susan Buice My favorite film of the year. 5 stars
6/22/05 Film lover Sweet, honest, endearing... I loved this film. 5 stars
4/07/05 Elizabeth Ricker Hilarious 5 stars
3/18/05 bp Hilarious, painful, inventive - the Duplass Bros are a force! 5 stars
3/17/05 Steve K Very well acted 5 stars
2/24/05 Fat Jack Hits too close to home for Vivki W. See it anyway. 4 stars
2/04/05 Sasha rockin!!! 5 stars
2/02/05 Jack Nasch Very very entertaining 5 stars
2/01/05 todd barnes amazing performances and directing!! 5 stars
1/30/05 Justin Great movie, fantastic performances. 5 stars
1/29/05 Annie so so 3 stars
1/29/05 wanda hey, it's reality behind closed doors 5 stars
1/28/05 vicki w ughhhh 1 stars
12/18/04 Rhett Wilkins This is a wonderfully delightful film and the performances are absolutely phenomenal :) 5 stars
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  02-Jun-2006 (R)
  DVD: 29-Sep-2009

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Directed by
  Jay Duplass

Written by
  Mark Duplass

Cast
  Mark Duplass
  Kathryn Aselton
  Rhett Wilkins
  Baru Dahan
  Gerald Finnegan
  Julie Fischer



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