Monday, May 07, 2007

Puffy Chair: three cheers (chairs?)

Here's a review I wrote for the Sunday Times of a funny, moving new movie called The Puffy Chair: it's like Garden State without the pretension or moroseness.

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American indie director Jay Duplass casts his own brother, Mark, as Josh, a twentysomething floundering in his own life. He takes a road trip with his needy girlfriend (Kathryn Aselton) and spaced-out brother (Rhett Wilkins) to visit their father, picking up his birthday gift on the way – the title’s puffy chair. The tensions between the trio are given natural awkwardness, matched by juddery, low-fi camerawork. The plentiful laughs emerge so effortlessly that you could mistake this for a home movie. Though superficially similar to Garden State, this is more realistic and a lot funnier.

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See it on the Sunday Times' website here.

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