Mutual Appreciation

2006

Mutual Appreciation

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

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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. As luck would have it, Sara's brother, Dennis (Kevin Micka), is a drummer. Sara also makes it clear that she's attracted to Alan, which creates a problem when he decides he doesn't want to get involved with her. On the night of his gig, a friend of Alan's father with purported record-industry connections shows up, and invites Alan, Sara, and Dennis to his well-appointed apartment. Afterward, Alan drunkenly goes to a party where he was supposed to meet Lawrence and Ellie. As it turned out, they didn't make it, but a trio of women there (including one played by Kate Dollenmayer, who starred in Bujalski's debut feature, Funny Ha Ha), also drunk, have their own plans for him. Eventually, the unspoken attraction between Alan and Ellie comes to the fore. Mutual Appreciation was shot in black-and-white, and was a hit on the festival circuit before its theatrical release in September of 2006. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast

Pamela Corkey
as Patricia
Mary Varn
as Rebecca
Ted Bergman
as Radio Chatter
Dr. Gary Alter
as Background Action
Anshul Amar
as Background Action
Alex Cho
as Background Action
Kelli Cho
as Background Action
Su Ciampa
as Background Action
Chris Clinton
as Background Action
Jason Feuerstein
as Background Action
Ben Gauthier
as Background Action
Charlie Grundy
as Background Action
Elizabeth Hart
as Background Action
Andrea Havis
as Background Action
Damian Hess
as Background Action
Dave Kobin
as Background Action
Rita Liefhebber
as Background Action
Adam Mansbach
as Background Action
Jed McCaleb
as Background Action
Anisha Narasimhan
as Background Action
James Ratner
as Background Action
Sand Reardon
as Background Action
Chris Regan
as Background Action
Jack Woodhull
as Background Action
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Critic Reviews for Mutual Appreciation

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (8)

  • Mutual Appreciation is a crappy-looking film in a tame, undistinctive, messy black-and-white way.

    January 28, 2019 | Full Review…

    Eileen Jones

    The eXile
    Top Critic
  • I bet Andrew Bujalski is sick of reading that he's the voice of his generation, when most of that neo-slacker demographic has never had the opportunity to see his films.

    March 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If much of what I dislike in Bujalski's filmmaking must be accounted for by my objection to the milieu his films travel in, this shouldn't suggest that the filmmaking itself is anything close to competent.

    August 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • You'll either be bored or fascinated by the Cassavetes-like reality of it all.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • The grainy, black-and-white look and the characters' ethos dovetail perfectly.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Independent (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The focus is narrow, but its scrutiny is absolutely unerring.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Total Film
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mutual Appreciation

  • Dec 21, 2007
    Painfully film school project about narcissistic artists dong nothing in particular.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2007
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2007
    very low key black and white indie from america, looking at a struggling musician in newyork going about his life, trying to get noticed,hanging around with a couple, he knows while along the way getting involved with a lady, which hes not to sure about, is there someone else in his life. i like the look to this, very naturalistic. reminds me of other low budgets like clerks, where script is everything, great dialogue and a great central performance from justine rice, very naturalistic, the relationships seen here are well developed, and watching them act is a joy, a great look at life for strugglin musicians, a great film to watch and inspire budding directors, as this was very cheap to shoot, another great look at newyork on film, love low budget stuff coming out of america
    scott g Super Reviewer

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