• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lynn Shelton
    In Theaters:
    Jul 10, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 17, 2009
  • Magnolia Pictures

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Humpday Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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What's intriguing in this set-up is what the dare might teach the guys about the nature of sexuality.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Getting to the showdown is a fine and funny journey.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 28, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Humpday is something surprising: a sharply observed slice of life, an entertaining example of the microbudget genre called mumblecore.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Humpday succeeds by grounding its risqué premise in the awkwardness and humor of real people trying their damnedest to communicate. A lot.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

July 31, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While at times the improvisational dialogue sounds like audio filler, the three leads are poignant and perceptive. Likewise Shelton's film, considerably more complex than those 'bros will be bros' comedies of male bonding.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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Those conversations were really memorable and really well executed.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

July 27, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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It kind of runs out of steam.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

July 27, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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With astute and subtle precision, [director] Shelton burrows deeply inside the psyches of her characters who do not want to admit that they've changed considerably since they last saw each other a decade before.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 24, 2009
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Unlike a lot of institutional raunch in today's comedy, Humpday finds laughs out of what is rarely made explicit between buddies.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Shelton never follows up on the film's satirical possibilities.

July 24, 2009
Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
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Even if the movie doesn't completely work, it's apt to leave you talking about it for days.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

July 24, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The scenes between husband and wife are spectacularly awkward and arresting, though the movie grows more dubious the nearer the guys get to their shooting session in a local hotel room.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 24, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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[A] startlingly good comedy that makes Brüno seem barely daring.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 24, 2009
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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Evolves so naturally it never feels outrageous.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 24, 2009
Jan Stuart
Washington Post
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Humpday radiates with the sheen of a film that has been thought out within an inch of its witty and insightful life.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 23, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Humpday just wrings every uncomfortable laugh from its premise then shudders to a halt: cut, end credits.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Humpday is funny, yes, but also observant and thought-provoking.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 23, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Humpday may not be the single best movie I've seen so far this year -- though it's certainly a contender for the title -- but it's without doubt the most surprising.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 17, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Shelton shows great insight into the contradictory mind of the modern man.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

July 16, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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One of the best indie films of the year, Humpday is a lighter descendant of 'sex lies and videotape,' yet burrows just as deep into the male psyche and the human capacity for self-deceit.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Few kinds of art are more boring than the insistently transgressive, and few movies are more boring than Humpday.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

July 10, 2009
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Lynn Shelton's breakthrough bromance comedy is funny, sharp and true -- with no preachy sexual politics.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 10, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Humpday surprises us from beginning to end. It's a fresh take on the familiar topic of friendship -- and a wise one.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2009
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Humpday makes you squirm and think, in the best possible way.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 10, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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The film ends up being about not just a really idiotic dare, but about the bounds of friendship and the bonds of marriage — and about much more besides.

Full Review Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 8/10

July 10, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The movie's unblinking observation of a friendship put to the test is amused, queasy making, kindhearted and unfailingly truthful.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 10, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Writer-director Lynn Shelton sweetly, mischievously tracks Ben and Andrew as they jaw, shoot hoops, roughhouse, and hug it out.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

July 9, 2009
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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In scene after scene, Humpday carefully raises the stakes until it hits a finale loaded with humor, tenderness, and delicious ambiguity.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

July 9, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Lynn Shelton, the movie's writer and director (and an onscreen libertine), has more in mind than simply making bros squirm.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2009
Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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It's interesting that Humpday, a movie as sneakily taboo-nudging and subversive in a lot of the same ways as Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno, opens on the same weekend but with a lot less fuss.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 8, 2009
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Lynn Shelton's marvelous chamber comedy Humpday butts up against the same sort of taboos as Brüno, and in its fumbling, semi-improvised way, it's equally hilarious and even more subversive.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 6, 2009
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Hilariously perceptive.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 12, 2009
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