Humpday Movie Review

Shot in a disarmingly improvises style, it's not clear whether this is a dramatic comedy or a very funny drama. Whatever it is, it boldy faces one of the biggest taboos of American society: male intimacy.

Ben and Anna (Duplass and Demore) are a happy couple trying to get pregnant when Ben's globe-hopping university buddy Andrew (Leonard) turns up for a visit. The two guys go to a raucous dinner party where they drunkenly decide to make a porn film for an upcoming festival. The hitch is that they will star in it as straight best friends having sex in the name of art. The next morning they begin to realise how stupid this is, but neither of them is willing to back down. And then Anna finds out.

Within this ridiculous premise, there's a ring of truth that keeps us watching.

Filmmaker Shelton is provocatively exploring cultural barriers, and she pushes her cast to engage in some strikingly honest (and nervous) dialog. The film is essentially a series of conversations between these central three characters, with only two side roles for the filmmaker and Willard as a couple who tests another male limitation.

Perfectly cast as average Joes, Duplass and Leonard are natural as two guys awkwardly avoiding the elephant in the room and then making sure that, when they talk about it, they remain as ludicrously macho as they can be. And both have terrific scenes with Delmore too. All of the dialog is both hilarious and squirm-inducing. In some ways, this is more a razor-sharp look at interpersonal communication than an examination of masculinity.

And it's very funny to watch these guys' egos kick in. Neither wants to be the one who chickens out, so they waffle on about creating art that pushes boundaries while ignoring their own mid-30s crises. Along the way, the film knowingly explores how relationships require outside interests to survive, and how a truly loving partner is willing to talk and listen without judgement. And by the time we get to the fateful night, both men realise that they might be confronting the thing that scares them more than anything else. Which is a shocking revelation if you think about it.

Cast & Crew

Director :

Producer :

Starring : , , , , Trina Willard, Stellan Matheisen, Steven Schardt, J. Martin Dunn

Comments

Humpday Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: 15, 2009

Advertisement

More Mark Duplass

21 Years: Richard Linklater Trailer

Richard Linklater is well known in the film industry as one of the stand out names in indie movie making. Responsible for a wide variety...

Reviews: 'The One I Love' - Moss and Duplass Shine

Starring Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, The One I Love follows Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) attempt to salvage their flagging marriage by taking a...

New York Screening of 'The One I Love' [Pictures]

The stars were out in force at New York screening of 'The One I Love' at the Crosby Street Theater on Tuesday (Aug 5). The...

The One I Love Trailer

Ethan and Sophie are going through some deep struggles in their relationship and decide that it's time to see a marriage counsellor to see if...

Advertisement

Tammy Movie Review

Melissa McCarthy is clearly in a rut: the title character in this film isn't very far removed from her previous roles in The Heat and...

Tammy Trailer

When Tammy is late for work following an unlikely road accident, she is fired from her job at Toppy Jacks fast food restaurant. And that's...

Tammy Trailer

Tammy's life seems to have just become an unfortunate string of events having been dismissed from her job at fast food joint Toppy Jacks and...

Parkland Trailer

On November 22nd 1963 in Dallas, Texas, the hugely adored President John F. Kennedy was shot to death as he arrived in the city with...

Advertisement