Mutual Appreciation (2006)

Mutual Appreciation

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Critic Consensus: Director Bujalski continues to give cinematic voice to awkward, literate twentysomethings with noteworthy smarts and tenderness.


Movie Info

Alan's (Justin Rice) band, the Bumblebees, has recently broken up after releasing an EP that got some attention. Alan has moved to Brooklyn, where he is trying to get solo gigs, and spending a lot of time with his old friend Lawrence (Andrew Bujalski, the film's writer/director) and Lawrence's girlfriend, Ellie (Rachel Clift). Alan quickly books a gig at hip Brooklyn club Northsix, and does a radio interview with Sara (Seung-Min Lee), during which he mentions that he doesn't even have a drummer. … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Bujalski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2007
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Mutual Appreciation

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (23)

Despite their lackadaisical impression, the pictures are quite tightly structured: each scene covers emotional and narrative distance. Funny, forgiving, credible and deft, they offer much to appreciate.

Full Review… | May 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Just because it's like real life doesn't mean it's inherently interesting.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Alan, Lawrence and Ellie, intersecting here and there with a circle of acquaintances and strangers, insinuate themselves into the viewer's heart like good friends.

November 24, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Shooting in black-and-white 16mm, Bujalski nods to the pre-Sundance personal cinema of the '50s and '60s. His little circle of pals, though, offers little to outsiders looking in.

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film's mood and style are pitched somewhere between '60s American indie and French New Wave and, as you watch these people, they seem painfully, amusingly on-target.

Full Review… | November 9, 2006
Chicago Tribune
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Mutual Appreciation appropriates a seemingly improvised vérité style that's ideal for a cast of characters of no tremendous ambition.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Mutual Appreciation

½

Painfully film school project about narcissistic artists dong nothing in particular.

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Gordon A

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½

[font=Century Gothic]In "Mutual Appreciation," Alan(Justin Rice) has just moved to New York from Boston after the breakup of his band, the Bumblebees. Once there, he looks up an old friend, Lawrence(Andrew Bujalski, who also wrote, directed and edited), who lives with his girlfriend, Ellie(Rachel Clift). Needing a guitarist for an upcoming gig, Alan finds one through a frisky DJ, Sara(Seung-Min Lee).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Mutual Appreciation" is about the awkwardness of youth where anything is possible and full responsibility has not yet kicked in. The movie is slightly agreeable before falling into a familiar trap late. And while I encourage low budget independent filmmaking, there should still be a certain level of storytelling skills and convincing performances which are not the case here.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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