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The Puffy Chair (2004)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 12

First-timer Duplass offers a realistic and thoughtful romantic comedy.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 3

First-timer Duplass offers a realistic and thoughtful romantic comedy.



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Dejected by his failure to achieve fame as a New York City indie-rocker and unable to figure out just when it was that his life took a sharp turn for the worse, a small-town boy who had once harbored big dreams for the future sets out on a cross-country adventure to give his father a birthday the old man will never forget in director Jay Duplass' nostalgic road trip comedy. Josh (Mark Duplass) may not have found the success he was hoping for in the big city, but he's determined not to go back


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Jan 23, 2007


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All Critics (55) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

When everyone finally shuts up, the silence is startling.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The irony is, it's a journey with no escape.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Too soon, the stuff that seemed charmingly idiosyncratic turns annoyingly odd and then just plain annoying.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Built on beats of deadpan timing and splendidly understated reaction shots.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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An enjoyable road movie that feels both comfortable and completely fresh.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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... despite plenty of bumps, this road comedy gets to its destination just fine.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It's amazing how it nails the mealy-mouthed way we have of saying what we mean by dressing the same words, over and over again, in different kinds of inflection.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

It's crisp and engaging, and bodes well for all involved.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue captures the awkwardness and frustration of young adulthood with loving accuracy.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

There is very little of real substance in there.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A higher 'dude' count than an Ashton Kutcher film.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Some cherishable comic moments.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

A witty, entertaining road trip comedy that doesn't shy away from ambiguity or discomfort.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Actually has a light tone and a few fine comedic moments.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

characters simply don't have anything particularly interesting to say to each other or do together

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinemania

rare is the film where a cut scene will make you like it even more.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source:

Jay Duplass' "The Puffy Chair" is proof that you don't need a lot of money to make a good film, just as long as you have an intelligent and sharp script combined with some convincing performances.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source:

The whole enterprise feels empty, if inoffensive.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

An aching, understated treasure that vividly captures two people who just aren't clicking anymore. The movie is so small you could fit it in your pocket, and so real it hurts.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source:

Puffy Chair has real-sounding dialogue and a shaggy quality that works in its favor because it makes the outcome unexpected.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for The Puffy Chair

The mid 2000's was awash with these 'real life' American indie drama/comedies and most of them annoyed me immensely. This was one of them. The premise was fine, yes not all your dreams come true and reality can hit quite hard sometimes but this attempt at explaining this, with a 'Fuffy chair' being a central prop, does not make it any better or tell us anything we don't already know or help in any kind of way. Exploration of the painfully obvious and dreadfully dull, watch only if you have all the time in the world at your disposal.
March 18, 2013

Super Reviewer

An emotionally unavailable man and his wife take a road trip to visit his father, along the way picking up his hippie emotionally unavailable brother.
Guess what this film is about. You got it: emotional unavailability. Normally I have a high tolerance for douchey characters as long as they're interesting. Josh and Rhett are douchey and uninteresting. Throughout the film it's hard to sympathize with them, and in the third act argument between Josh and Emily, the film is unfair to her: it's clear that she meant that she deserved better than the way he was treating her, not that she deserved better than him. It's bad writing.
The performances are mostly good; I don't think Mark Duplass could have done more with the character he wrote for himself.
Overall, this isn't a very complex or intelligently written film.
November 23, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Cast: Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Julie Fischer, Rhett Wilkins

Director: Jay Duplass

Summary: When Josh (Mark Duplass, whose brother Jay directs) finds the perfect birthday present for his father, he decides to deliver it in person. But with his high-maintenance girlfriend (Kathryn Aselton) and granola brother (Rhett Wilkins) along for the ride, Josh's road trip turns into a bigger journey than anyone anticipated. This indie romantic dramedy was an audience favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

My Thoughts: "I enjoyed watching it. I found the two bothers to be interesting characters, and I found the girlfriend to be just annoying. I can't stand girls who are that needy, whinny, and that need a lot of attention. She is quite negative throughout. He made the mistake of inviting her along. It's not a film that is going to wow you and it's not your typical hollywood formula film. Which I think is the reason I liked it more then I thought I would. It's funny, quirky, and has a well enough story-line. Totally worth the watch."
October 12, 2010

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