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were college bad boys. Ben is living contently with a good job and a great wife, until his old buddy Andrew shows up on his doorstep late one night. Andrew, who lives as a vagabond artist, invites Ben out to a wild party. Excessive drinking
combined with the irrational need to oneup each other, leads to a mutual dare that locks them into entering an
amateur porn contest together.
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From the trailer and description, I thought this was going to be a movie about two guys trying to make a pornographic film. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this was wrong, in fact there isn't any nudity, and the film is not at all about pornography.
Ben is a seemingly normal nice guy newly married to the lovely Anna. One normal middle class night, they are awoken by Ben's college friend, the Bohemian Andrew. Andrew represents the life that Ben secretly still wants no responsibilities; do whatever he wants with whoever he wants whenever he wants. The first half of the film was all about tempting Ben away from a normal middle class married life.
This film is full of surprises and discovery. The first half was nicely paced and I could see the conflict Ben was feeling. Andrew was light and breezy; he was a crazy fun mad man from college. As the second act played out, Ben became annoying, overanalyzing everything; and Andrew slipped into a more normal melodramatic character. Anna rose up as a very strong wonderful character, who changed as a result of the dramatic conflict she felt as she uncovered Ben's lies.
The part that I find amazing about this film is that there was virtually no script. According to the making of featurette, the actors improvised the entire film. The fact that the film was coherent and played so well dramatically is a big credit to the director and actors. The annoying part of the film was the whole question of will they or won't they? In the very last act, that question was asked way too many times.Read more ›
Also this art-producer had got some same-gender experience already, not much happened further besides wasting money for renting a hotel room to discuss opportunities possible in-between them,
If this work was about fashionably broadening the boundaries of sexuality, there is a really strong need for a couple of extra one-and-a-half-hour-parts to rich this goal.
After first seeing Duplass in "The Puffy Chair," a film that he and his brother wrote, produced, and in which they starred, I was certain that the entertainment world would be saving a seat for this talented, new actor. Turns out I was right as Mark Duplass has been in numerous movies since then, as well as starring in an FX series, "The League."
Mark Duplass scores again, this time in "Humpday," a type of film project (similar to "The Puffy Chair") that employs improvisational, or naturalistic, dialogue. Films in this genre, sometimes referred to as "mumblecore," are aptly named, since the actors who appear in them often seem incapable of engaging in audible, intelligible dialogue, resorting, instead, to a sort of mumblespeak.
Fortunately, no mumble-speak messiness emerges in this film. Besides possessing the ability to communicate effectively, Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard make improv seem effortless -- almost as though they are acting; paradoxical, isn't it?
Despite the implausible premise of the film, it has its genuinely hilarious, as well as dramatic, moments as the two friends (Duplass' and Leonard's characters) try to bring their idea of an unconventional art project to life. Their objective? To enter their "art" in the Humpday Festival, an annual event that attracts "Adult" content.
If the film has one flaw, it is the provocative plot and the turn of events that leads to a rather shallow resolution. This denouement, so to speak, may leave some viewers feeling dissatisfied or let down. Nonetheless, it's an entertaining ride watching Duplass and his co-stars adroitly circumvent any humps and bumps along the way in favor of delivering original, largely ad-libbed humor, convincing conversational scenes, and adept acting, minus the script.
I have rarely watched a movie without finding something redeeming. This is one of those times.
Though we never really know why the two male leads care about each other, it becomes obvious when they reunite at the beginning of the movie that the husband has far more interest in his friend than his wife. It could be because the husband feels trapped in his mapped-out life, or that he has stronger emotional/sexual feelings for his friend (but let society walk him down his expected path), or maybe because his wife seems such a tight-ass.
When the movie gets the opportunity to explore this, it DOES go to a promised extreme conclusion that the two men will have sex. The movie leaves it tantalizingly ambiguous WHY this is going to happen (the wife thinks her husband just has to get the gay thing out of him!), but truly falters at this point.
The husband appears to want to go further; his friend cannot seem to. Their idea of using this project to further "express their love" loses it way, and they slip back behind societal boundaries of what is proper, correct, and masculine.
To me, there is nothing learned here than that straight men still don't have it together enough to be in love. In fact, the movie ends on the saddest note...that the friends will likely never be able to face each other again after...daring...to cross an emotional line.
So...not much of a comedy to me. A somewhat well-made study in homosexual panic taken to the edge...with the characters falling from the cliff.
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Totally stupid movie...wish I hadn't wasted time watching.Published 5 months ago by gigi-from Mich.
interesting. Not what I expected. Not bad and I do like Mark Duplass. It is an independent (low budget) flick, which I do like to support.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting premise that gets bogged down in cheap photography and long boring talks.Published 6 months ago by E Wayne Miller
After 15 minutes I stopped watching. Terrible - I suppose that if you are 18 and finishing off a six-pack of beer you might find it funny.Published 8 months ago by Opsdoc