Mutual Appreciation (2006)

Mutual Appreciation (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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
R (for language)
Comedy , Drama
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Andrew Bujalski
as Lawrence
Pamela Corkey
as Patricia
Kevin Micka
as Dennis
Ralph Tyler
as Jerry
Peter Pentz
as Scotty
Bill Morrison
as Walter
Mary Varn
as Rebecca
Keith Gessen
as Julian
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
Jack Woodhull
as Background Action
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Critic Reviews for Mutual Appreciation

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

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 2, 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
Top Critic

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.

November 9, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mutual Appreciation

i'm definitely getting quite the man crush on bujalski's work. This is the third film i've seen by him and once again thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jay Armstrong
Jay Armstrong

I love mumblecore but couldn't get into Andrew Bujalski's sophomore film. Will watch it again eventually to see if I missed anything.

Kevin Huynh
Kevin Huynh

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

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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