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Funny Ha Ha

Funny Ha Ha (2003)

tomatometer

87

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 5

This modest, unpretentious character study astutely captures the emotional states of the 20-something slacker.

94

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

This modest, unpretentious character study astutely captures the emotional states of the 20-something slacker.

audience

63

liked it
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 3,105

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Movie Info

American independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski makes his feature debut as a writer/director with the microbudgeted Funny Ha Ha. Shot on-location in Boston on 16 mm film, the movie is predominately cast with unprofessional actors engaging in realistic discourse. Main character Marnie is played by first-time actress Kate Dollenmayer, a student at CalArts who previously worked on Richard Linklater's Waking Life. Marnie goes about her everyday life with a conflicted love for her friend Alex

Unrated,

Comedy

Andrew Bujalski

Aug 16, 2005

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (5) | DVD (3)

This is an undoubtedly modest yet wholly pleasurable tale about the difficulties that come with letting go of youth.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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With Marnie, Dollenmayer has managed to transform a sad sack into an indie screen goddess.

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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While the film has a true lived-in feel, and demonstrates a burgeoning talent on the part of its young auteur, its portrait of young slackers lacks the freshness to overcome its all too vivid malaise.

June 3, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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By simply re-creating what he has observed, Bujalski has created a tender, funny and stealthily affecting portrait of youthful powerlessness and frustration.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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This isn't improvisation, but rather an adroitly achieved randomness -- the perfect syntax for a generation-defining work about a generation marked by its very lack of definition.

June 2, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Smart, subtle and excruciatingly honest.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Refreshingly unpolished, the film uses pained silences like punctuation.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Not actually that funny ha ha, but a sensitive and unforced little film about the aimlessness of post-graduate life.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Low budget and intimate, perhaps to the point of belonging on the small screen rather than the cinema, its still an intelligent and unpretentious slice of life true American life.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Isn't much more than a promising calling card that should take director, cast and crew to the next level.

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

One of the most accurate portrayals of post-collegiate disillusionment

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinematic Reflections

Bujalski's subtly well-constructed film reveals a charmingly idiosyncratic sincerity.

February 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

If Bujalski's goal was to create a "you are there (and eavesdropping)" sort of narrative, he's done a fine job of it.

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

(Bujalski's) easy naturalism creates an unexpected comic lightness for something so laced with ambiguity.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film's acutely composed dialogue is at once disturbingly empty and brutally poignant.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Funny Ha Ha is a jagged bite of real life, shambling about with humor, sadness, boredom, excitement.

July 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Bujalski has a knack for letting scenes build and then cutting out abruptly, duplicating the flow of a life in flux.

July 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Made on so frayed a shoestring that it looks like a Dogma project minus the glitz and about as vacuous as its array of clueless twenty-something characters.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The tagline says, 'This would be sad if it weren't so funny', well guess what, it's not that funny, so it must be sad.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

An honest portrait of twentysomething dating -- and one with lots of heart.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Dollenmayer's low-key naturalism is a perfect compliment to the camera's hand-held gaze, presenting a touching combination of amiable nonchalance and emotional yearning.

June 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

Audience Reviews for Funny Ha Ha

This has been on my to-watch list for a while. Even considered buying it as it has been hard to find as a rental. Have to say, glad I didn't buy it now, but still glad to have seen it.
It is quite a nice little story, but kind of pointless. I think a lot of people would feel very bored with it's pace and lack of plot. The main actress is likeable and I could relate to her, but definitely could have been a little stronger on story.
Worth a rental, but not one to keep.
November 20, 2010
romy861

Super Reviewer

Unconventional low-budget offering that goes for reality. The reality is though that this film is just too preoccupied with its realism leaving for a bland and pointless film. It fearlessly represents the awkwardness of that time in ones life where jobs and relationships are hard to come by. The dialogue is real and often engaging, but the funniest thing of Funny Ha Ha is that it certainly isn't chuckle worthy. It's more like a documentary of someones life, but with no interesting hook, just one person and what they do.
August 8, 2008
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

One thing to know about me, I am NO fan of the summer blockbuster film. Garish special effects, unrelatably attractive movie stars and inauthentic dialogue finds no favor here. Undoubtedly there are others who share those same feelings since a film like "Funny Ha Ha" exists; a work so far removed from those excesses that the two styles may as well be alien languages. I enjoyed a film like "My Dinner With Andre" because, although similarly sparse, it joyfully reveled in the unique space of it's own hyper-intellectual avant-gardism but "Funny Ha Ha" doesn't seem focused on any real purpose. Kate Dollenmayer nails the cute, approachable girl-next-door appeal on screen but everything about the film is too absurdly realistic to be entertaining. Dull characters and poor acting abound in a movie that could be most graciously described as ardent amateurism.
November 17, 2013
Brandon R.
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