Goodbye Cruel Releasing | Release Date: September 1, 2006
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ChadS.Apr 5, 2007
"Mutual Appreciation" never overstays its welcome, not when the writer/director has the uncanny knack of replicating how people really communicate with each other. They talk talk, not movie talk; the seemingly artless banter in "Mutual "Mutual Appreciation" never overstays its welcome, not when the writer/director has the uncanny knack of replicating how people really communicate with each other. They talk talk, not movie talk; the seemingly artless banter in "Mutual Appreciation" makes this no budget-film feel revolutionary, and its author, a maverick. These indie rock-informed post-grads have nothing in common with those nihilisitic tweens from Larry Clarke's "Kids", but both films convince you that the actors aren't reciting dialogue from a carefully worded script. Justin Rice, who plays Alan, the struggling artist(a Jonathan Richman-type informed by, perhaps, The Buzzcocks), and Rachel Clift, who plays Ellie(a plain Jane who grows more pulchritudinous before your very eyes with each passing scene) generate effortless good-will and exude more chemistry than any of those million-dollar actors that the studio-execs throw together in some banal romantic comedy. If Ellie followed her heart, she'd be with Alan, and not with his best friend, Lawrence(Andrew Bujalski, the New York-based writer/director who's more like Richard Linklater than Woody Allen), an equally nice guy with better career prospects, and most importantly, a job. Since "Mutual Appreciation" is about living in the moment, we never learn if Alan's music career will pan out, but if his knock-'em-dead, albeit poorly attended gig is any indication, Ellie should join The Bumblebees as a musician(she's already Alan's manager), and be a Claudia Gonson to his Stephin Merritt. Rice rocks with an indefatigable DIY spirit. "Mutual Appreciation" is a two-fisted, one-finger salute to both, corporate rock and Hollywood. Expand
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PhilipD.Nov 21, 2006
This is a brilliant film.
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TedMOct 17, 2006
Greg is an angry boy. NO talent so all he can do is be critical of those who take a risk.
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LukeJ.Sep 16, 2006
Very fresh, very funny, one of the best of the year. It's the sort of experience you just inhale and then it stays with you afterward. The music is good, the acting is fine, but it's really the dialogue and story that stick. Great Very fresh, very funny, one of the best of the year. It's the sort of experience you just inhale and then it stays with you afterward. The music is good, the acting is fine, but it's really the dialogue and story that stick. Great storytelling, one of the realest feeling films I've ever seen. Bujalski is a rising star, and it's clear the critics agree. Expand
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MarcH.Sep 1, 2006
The filmmakers took a risk and again it proves that only when you take risks as a filmmaker you can create something outstanding.
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