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  3. Negative: 9 out of 20

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  1. Dec 1, 2011
    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. Collapse

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 70
    Like a lot of scenes in Funny Ha Ha, the commonplace somehow seems invigoratingly original.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz.
  3. 70
    Bujalski has a knack for the genuine moment.