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  • Summary: The story of three very different people and a giant purple puffy chair in a too-small van. -- and one of them has to go before the trip's end. (Roadside Attraction)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Ripe with characters and events reflecting the psychic travails of today's young adults.
  2. 90
    The Puffy Chair is the funniest, saddest and most emotionally honest "romantic comedy" to come along in years, even if I've yet to encounter many over the age of about 35 who like the film, or even get it.
  3. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    80
    The scenes feel real and both Duplass and Aselton do a great job duking it out. The Puffy Chair combines great original comedy and solid acting to make a fun movie.
  4. 75
    Combines a wise script with funky performances, especially by Aselton, who could give Jennifer Aniston a run for her money.
  5. The movie may not amount to much, but the genial tone and exceptionally good performances from the three leads make for a winning debut by the Duplass brothers.
  6. 70
    While it would be accurate to call the film a comedy, the Duplasses are trying to wrestle something closer to Chekhov than to farce out of the lives of these semi-likable, highly recognizable people.
  7. It's a slacker flick, it's a relationship pic, it's a road movie all under the same hood.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. TracyB.
    Jul 9, 2006
    9
    Great film- the story was told in manner that I have never seen on film, but many of us know. It is amazing what can be created on such a Great film- the story was told in manner that I have never seen on film, but many of us know. It is amazing what can be created on such a small budget- bravo! The cast was very believable. I look forward to their next film. Expand
  2. NealM.
    Jul 22, 2006
    9
    Real characters, real humor, and real emotion, regardless how trivial or silly it may seem. I liked watching these people. Good stuff.
  3. DannyG.
    Jun 17, 2007
    9
    For two brothers to create a movie on a shoestring budget that is this entertaining...they have succeeded in every way. This movie has more For two brothers to create a movie on a shoestring budget that is this entertaining...they have succeeded in every way. This movie has more life and emotion than most of the sh!t that is churned out on a weekly basis in the mainstream theaters. We can relate to these characters and their struggles, both with each other and with themselves. The soundtrack is interesting and complements the movie well. Overall a standout in a sea of films that attempt to speak the struggles of 20 something in the 2000s. Expand
  4. WalterS.
    Oct 18, 2006
    6
    There are some wonderful sequences here - particularly the scene at the motel and the travesty of the wedding. The acting is superb. There are some wonderful sequences here - particularly the scene at the motel and the travesty of the wedding. The acting is superb. You'll see more life in these characters than in 95% of the movies coming out of Hollywood. Kathryn Aselton's first-rate performance is the stand-out. The movie was incomplete though. Was it heavily edited? Too rushed and ultimately left me unsatisfied. Certainly worth seeing if you are a fan of this "genre" (if you can call it that). Expand
  5. NedJ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    3
    I'm with The Conundrum 100%. Let's hope this isn't what's in store for us as the millions of talentless wanna-bees pour I'm with The Conundrum 100%. Let's hope this isn't what's in store for us as the millions of talentless wanna-bees pour out of the "film schools" springing up in every corner of the land. Collapse
  6. TheConundrum
    Jul 10, 2006
    3
    Although this film showed some potential talent, it suffered from two problems. First, the camera work is so god-awful that it made me Although this film showed some potential talent, it suffered from two problems. First, the camera work is so god-awful that it made me physically ill. It's not just the usual shaky hand-held camera that we've come to expect lately -- oh no, much worse. Whoever was operating the camera had a compulsive need to zoom in and out every 20 seconds, and jerkily zoom in, too. There was no reason for it, and it was a major distraction. Worse, they would very visibly refocus the picture just as often, which left me with a pounding headache and faint nausea by the end of the movie. This would have ruined the movie for me regardless of the content. Second, the movie just dragged in many places. Instead of a plot, it had a series of loosely connected vignettes. It was not, as some reviewers claim, hilariously funny, it was only occasionally mildly funny. On the positive side, the characters were clever, and well acted. But they were ultimately unlikable people, and the plot was pointless. The premise of the movie could have been funny, but in the end you are stuck with sleazy people in a deadend situation. I'll give the filmmakers a second chance, but I'd skip this in the meantime. You want to support budding auteurs? Go see "Brick". Expand
  7. JohnC.
    Aug 26, 2006
    0
    The worst movie I have seen this year. The characters are totally unlikeable miscreants. The movie is neither romantic nor a comedy. It is The worst movie I have seen this year. The characters are totally unlikeable miscreants. The movie is neither romantic nor a comedy. It is boring and generally unappealing. Expand

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