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Humpday (2009)


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 131
Fresh: 104
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: Observant and insightful, this indie comedy takes a different tack on the "bromance" but still makes a point without sermonizing.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: Observant and insightful, this indie comedy takes a different tack on the "bromance" but still makes a point without sermonizing.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 18,606


Movie Info

It's been a decade since Ben and Andrew were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up unannounced on Ben's doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of macho one-upmanship. Late into the night at a wild party, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest together. But what kind … More

R (for some strong sexual content, pervasive language and a scene of drug use)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Lynn Shelton
In Theaters:
Nov 17, 2009
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Humpday

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (27) | DVD (4)

What finally lifts 'Humpday' above macho junk like 'The Hangover' is its all-inclusive warmth: for all their adolescent self-delusion, Shelton truly loves these characters. And after 90 minutes, so will you.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

What's intriguing in this set-up is what the dare might teach the guys about the nature of sexuality.

Full Review… | September 2, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Getting to the showdown is a fine and funny journey.

Full Review… | August 28, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Humpday is something surprising: a sharply observed slice of life, an entertaining example of the microbudget genre called mumblecore.

Full Review… | August 6, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Writer/director Lynn Shelton's sexual sitcom is a lighthearted satire of machismo and insecurity where the laughs emerge from restless, uncomfortable silences.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Humpday succeeds by grounding its risqué premise in the awkwardness and humor of real people trying their damnedest to communicate. A lot.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic us a real feel for a friendship, its insecurities and the competition that results (especially in one of cinema's most amusingly pathetic games of pickup basketball).

Full Review… | June 13, 2012

So what is Humpday really about? If anything, the power of women

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
East Bay Express

While the dare itself seems almost contrived to make the movie happen, what transpires afterward is a very universal experience for people who take stock of their lives for the first time after college.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011

Some nice performances highlight a strangely-paced exploration of the male identity and its inability to cope with unique situations.

Full Review… | July 18, 2010
Cinema Sight

It's attractively performed, fairly amusing and worked out in a convincing if predictable way.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Observer [UK]

The sort of film that Kevin Smith must dream of making. It's sweet, piquant, bold and intelligent, balancing its outrageous concept with relationships and conversations that are all too believable.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
Independent on Sunday

One could only feel sorry for Alycia Delmore as the pliant wife of the silly husband, who goes along with his irritatingly neurotic friend's idea.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010
This is London

...a compelling and thoroughly original modern comedy.

Full Review… | January 4, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Lynn Shelton's film%u2014a promising premise in search of a payoff with more nourishment than room-service steak and milkshakes%u2014frequently dazzles and delights, but once the look-alike boxers come into frame, the only verb left is disappoints.

Full Review… | December 31, 2009

What could have ended up as crass, cringy and possibly offensive actually results in a very funny and realistic treatment of the premise.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Empire Magazine

Immensely enjoyable, an insightful and humorous depiction of complicated, yet ultimately simple, male drives.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009

Humpday is a high-concept comedy made for low-budget money that might just be one of the funniest films of the year.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Times [UK]

The ending of the movie is an awful let-down, which is a shame: the film had been weirdly involving and Alycia Delmore is good as Ben's outraged wife.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009

The film does a fair amount of squirming itself, but not before giving honest and hilarious thought to the carnal intricacies of the whole project.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Daily Telegraph

Shelton has been tagged as an extremely adept chronicler of the associations between men. It's fair to say that the director is good on relationships, period.

December 18, 2009
Little White Lies

Writer-director Lynn Shelton has crafted a richly rewarding script that enables the viewer - with a minimum of effort - to buy into an idea which in lesser hands would flail impotently. As the guys say "it's beyond gay."

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Sky Movies

Fresh, funny and subtly insightful, this daring little indie bromance feels like the movie Hollywood wouldn't have the balls to make.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Total Film

The farce that follows is both ridiculous and surprisingly real, mining a very rich seam of comedy while also making some very sharp points about male friendships and the often very blurred line between straight and gay.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Shelton's wry script, together with a troika of perfectly judged performances, transforms a set-up that has the potential to be endlessly distasteful into a wry, engaging version of the "will-they-won't-they?" movie.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Humpday

After a drunken dare two male friends, one of whom is married, agree to shoot a sex scene together.
The first scene with Ben and Anna lying in bed is almost perfect exposition. In fact, the entire first act is well-written and strongly acted. The characters' relationships are clearly set up, and the plot unfolds organically.
Humpday feels like an improvised film, and though there's a certain verisimilitude to this style, I longed for a control over the language. Also, the plot between Ben and his wife never reaches a real finish. Her third act decision is not the end of the conflict, and I think the film should have found a way to resolve her storyline.
Overall, there's a lot of good work in Humpday, a strong but flawed film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Andrew: That's the tricky thing. It's the difference between this and bungee jumping, is that bungee jumping, you just walk to the edge and jump... 

"Some loves are meant to be. This one, not so much."

I really enjoyed Humpday a lot. I should say I love these indie comedies and the mumblecore genre in particular. Humpday is one of the best you could hope to see. The clear improvisation is highly impressive. I sensed times when Alycia Delmore didn't quite know what do to, but other than that, the conversation scenes are incredibly well done. Another thing I have to say is that about 80% of the laughs that come out with this film are the result of awkwardness. If awkward humor isn' your thing; I wouldn't suggest watching this one. A lot of the humor is in moments when we sense the awkwardness between characters. I absolutely love awkwardness in comedies, so that just helped me enjoy the film all the more. I can understand Humpday not being for everyone. It could be considered to talky, but that's all mumblecore really is. It could also be viewed from the heavily conservative side as racy stuff. There's a lot of elements that could detour your enjoyment of the film, but if you can take satisfaction out of everything the movie employs, you will not be disappointed.

Now to the plot. Ben is married man, who is also trying to conceive a child. His longtime friend, Andrew walks into his life after not seeing him for years. After a night of drinking with some highly "hippish" people who were constantly talking about Humpfeast, which is a big porn festival; Andrew and Ben come up with the great idea to do a sex scene together. As the time gets closer, it obviously gets more awkward. The awkwarder the better in my opinion. This is a movie that could be viewed as trash by anyone who just looks at the surface story. From that view, all it is is an experimentation by two men, that has no real value. But if you look to the inner messages and it's views on friendship; you'll be able to get a lot more out of it. This isn't a film I would necessarily recommend to people I know. There are some people that just wouldn't give a movie with a plot like this even a chance. If you can put the plot synopsis behind you, I think you would really be surprised by the outcome. Maybe you'd even like if, as I did.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Okay, if you're like a friend of mine, who finds scenes of extreme awkwardness so uncomfortable that you're not even willing to sit through them (squirming), then stay well away from this film. If however, you're like me, and willing to laugh at the holes that machismo can sometimes dig for itself, you'll laugh your ass off. Which is what I did. I guess I see something of myself in the speech patterns, vocabulary and points of views of these characters, and I can completely root for these two confused jackasses. While they're drunk at a party, they decide to enter an amateur porn competition, and they hang onto the idea once they sober up the next day. Their pact to screw each other on camera becomes a dumbass game of pseudo-intellectual sexual chicken. They end up investing way too much of their identities in their pact, despite the fact that they both have real, actual and valid reasons to go through with it. Ben wants to prove to himself that he's not the button-down domestic prude that he looks like, and Andrew wants to prove to himself that he's the Bohemian artist that he believes himself to be. But despite their platonic closeness and their obvious brotherly love for each other, they have to struggle to find some way to overcome their biggest hurdle: namely, neither of them are the slightest bit gay. This movie is such a scream. It's not often that a pair has to have impossible sex to save the friendship, but here we are. Man, I love this movie so much.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

Worthy if minor indie love-in which runs out of steam when you realise where its going and I never really bought the contrived set up.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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