Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Humpday

  • Lynn Shelton /
  • USA /
  • 2009 /
  • 94 mins

Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard / Fiction / English

How close would you get to your oldest friend...?

Lynn Shelton's Sundance hit is a wildly funny and daring take on the thirtysomething buddy movie. Ben (Mark Duplass) is just settling into married life with Anna (Alycia Delmore), when he falls back in with old friend Andrew (Joshua Leonard), and Andrew's bohemian, sexually experimental party crowd. Can Anna and Ben's marriage survive the “art project” which Ben and Andrew dream up together – a project that takes male bonding to its ultimate extreme?

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  • #1 David Clarke / Wednesday 24 June, 2009 / 09:28 GMT

    Very disappointing !! In a film, such as this, where the plotline is so weak there is an over reliance on the characters to keep you interested. Unfortunately, the characters felt so contrived (one wore a hat and had a beard which is supposed to prove he has seen the world and is a bit edgy man) that you end up with very little interest in their story. Whilst there were genuinely funny moments some of the dialogue seems to have been straight lifted from a Bill & Ted movie. Maybe, I just didn't get it because I am a bloke and its a film about feelings or maybe it is because the story seemed to be about imposing what the female writer thought men should feel towards long-term mates.
    This film is like totally not awesome dude! Woh!
    Sorry.
  • #2 Amy Shields / Wednesday 24 June, 2009 / 10:18 GMT

    Totally disagree! But then I am a woman?! I really liked it, found characters to be very realistic (even with the contrived arty hat!) and story interesting and certainly held my attention.
  • #3 Nick Prance / Thursday 25 June, 2009 / 22:25 GMT

    Thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the acting first class and the characters very believable. And actually is was at times genuinely laugh out loud funny. THe final scene of the film was full of a weird kind of tension humour and anticipation, and i think they got it just right. I went not knowing anything about the film, or what to expect and i had a great time

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