The Puffy Chair

2005

The Puffy Chair

Critics Consensus

First-timer Duplass offers a realistic and thoughtful romantic comedy.

77%

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Total Count: 52

62%

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User Ratings: 5,094
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Movie Info

After finding a vintage Lazy Boy recliner online just like the one that used to grace his childhood living room, Josh decides to purchase the purple relic and deliver it to his father as a surprise birthday gift. Josh's simple plan is suddenly complicated when his emotionally demanding girlfriend, Emily, and his granola-munching brother, Rhett join him on the trip. During the road trip and mission, Josh learns a thing or two about himself and his relationships in the process.

Cast

Gerald Finnegan
as Puffy Chair Salesman
Bari Hyman
as Motel Manager
Larry Duplass
as Josh and Rhett's Dad
Cindy Duplass
as Josh and Rhett's Mom
Henry Barendse
as Upholsterer
David Parsons
as Theater Owner
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Audience Reviews for The Puffy Chair

  • Nov 23, 2012
    An emotionally unavailable man and his wife take a road trip to visit his father, along the way picking up his hippie emotionally unavailable brother. Guess what this film is about. You got it: emotional unavailability. Normally I have a high tolerance for douchey characters as long as they're interesting. Josh and Rhett are douchey and uninteresting. Throughout the film it's hard to sympathize with them, and in the third act argument between Josh and Emily, the film is unfair to her: it's clear that she meant that she deserved better than the way he was treating her, not that she deserved better than him. It's bad writing. The performances are mostly good; I don't think Mark Duplass could have done more with the character he wrote for himself. Overall, this isn't a very complex or intelligently written film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2012
    The Duplass' get better as the years go by but this early piece seemed overly trite to me. It really took them three years to get what makes a good picture. This one is a miss.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2010
    Hollywood concentrates too much on comparison. Tom Hanks is the new Jimmy Stewart, et cetera and ad nauseum. This said, this reviewer has officially enlisted in the hypocrisy, trumpeting the arrival of the Duplass Brothers as the new Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused). Far from a put-down, this comparison smacks of greatness as this is the man who gave moviegoers the brilliantly astute bookend valentines Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. As adept a character study as it is for its funny and thought-provoking exchanges, The Puffy Chair is simple filmmaking that elicits winningly complex results. In this R-rated dramedy: After a potentially devastating fight, Josh (Duplass) invites girlfriend Emily (Aselton) on a road-trip to pick up a beat-up old recliner for his father's birthday. Along the way, his brother Rhett (Rhett Wilkins) thumbs a ride, beginning a hilarious and telling journey of discovery. Taking dead aim with biting dialogue, pitch-perfect performances, and an appropriate hand-held style, Jay Duplass fires off a rewardingly offbeat realistic story much like Linklater did with Slacker 15 years ago. It hits home--from the confines of a crowded Cineplex or a beat-up old rocker. Bottom line: Three Chairs, uh, Cheers for this flick.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    Waaaaaay better then what I was expecting.Great movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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