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  • Summary: When you graduate college you easily sashay into the world of adulthood, start a career, and get serious, right? Wrong. Marnie has left college, but not her drinking habits and her bad taste in bad men. What's more, Marnie can't seem to find a permanent job. It would be sad if it weren't so funny. (Goodbye Cruel Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Bujalski takes a sledgehammer to the carefully ordered surfaces and dramatic conventions of narrative cinema, favoring instead an unpredictability in which the crosscurrents of quotidian life collide on the screen in a series of brilliantly alive patterns.
  2. Bujalski celebrates the awkwardness of twentysomething life, allowing Dollenmayer to create a beautifully authentic portrait.
  3. Andrew Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha, an ebullient sliver of a movie, follows a group of men and women in their early 20s, and for once the un-dialogue dialogue doesn't come off as an affectation.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    The dialogue is so real that it makes you wince, then laugh.
  6. 70
    Like a lot of scenes in Funny Ha Ha, the commonplace somehow seems invigoratingly original.
  7. 60
    The look is rough, but Bujalski's talent is evident.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Dec 1, 2011
    7
    Funny Ha Ha is not just an example of charming and well-performed comedy-drama, but it's important in terms of film history, effectively beginning the mumblecore film movement. It's a micro-budget production with a home-made feel, and relies on its actors naturalistic improvisations. It's about young people drifting through life post-college, and the trials and tribulations of relationships, both romantic and friendship-based. The film's narrative is seen almost entirely from the central character's perspective - Marnie (the effortlessly brilliant Kate Dollenmayer) is uncertain of her future, so takes life as it comes, encountering a number of hurdles along the way. The story itself is simplistic, and perhaps a little too minimal to gain your undivided attention for 90 minutes, and many of the film's events are left unresolved and open to interpretation. This will be a divisive point - you'll likely find it either liberating or immensely irritating (I personally didn't mind the lack of resolution, but did found myself a little disappointed). The actors all do a great job of improvising realistic conversations (talking like real people actually do - a rarity on film) and there's the odd chuckle to be had. The film is admirable for doing something a bit different with the rom-com as a genre, but I'm not certain the rest of it is being quite as original as it clearly wants to be - the low-key aesthetics owe a lot to Dogme 95, and the improvisation and comedy derived from everyday situations sometimes makes the film feel like a Mike Leigh knockoff. Expand

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