The Puffy Chair

When Josh (Mark Duplass, whose brother Jay directs) finds the perfect birthday present for his father, he decides to deliver it in person. But with his high-maintenance girlfriend (Kathryn Aselton) and granola brother (Rhett Wilkins) along for the ride, Josh's road trip turns into a bigger journey than anyone anticipated. This indie romantic dramedy was an audience favorite at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
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The irony is, it's a journey with no escape.
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star  full review
Too soon, the stuff that seemed charmingly idiosyncratic turns annoyingly odd and then just plain annoying.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
Built on beats of deadpan timing and splendidly understated reaction shots.
Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
An enjoyable road movie that feels both comfortable and completely fresh.
Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune  full review
It captures the nuances and rhythms of messy real-life relationships dead-on.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Duplass brothers have stuffed their first feature with fine details. Not all of them are comfy. But they're well-crafted and hint at funny, ouchy films to come.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
The Puffy Chair is a low-key road movie that, fittingly enough, has knocked around the festival circuit for a while and opened in a few theaters before arriving in New York today. The journey it depicts is similarly unhurried.
A.O. Scott, New York Times
Combines a wise script with funky performances, especially by Aselton, who could give Jennifer Aniston a run for her money.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post
It may not seem like much, but The Puffy Chair works.
Melissa Levine, Village Voice  full review
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.
Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader  full review
What feels like meandering in the moment builds to a genuine emotional attachment to the characters.
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times  full review
The characters here exist in a real, real world, very authentic and realistic.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
The sly ultra-low-budget film The Puffy Chair fits right in with recent news reports about college graduates refusing to grow up already.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
A charming, if limited, romantic comedy that examines post-collegiate angst with easy, unself-conscious humor.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
For the Duplass brothers and Aselton, The Puffy Chair looks like the beginning of fine careers.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
[A] smart and painfully funny debut feature by filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass.
Scott Foundas, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2005
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Available From: Dec 20, 2008
  • Queued by: 583 people
Directed By
Jay Duplass
Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Julie Fischer, Rhett Wilkins

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