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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Netflix Rating: 2.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 76%
Critics' score: 76   Audience score: 60   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The irony is, it's a journey with no escape. full review

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

Too soon, the stuff that seemed charmingly idiosyncratic turns annoyingly odd and then just plain annoying. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Built on beats of deadpan timing and splendidly understated reaction shots. full review

Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

An enjoyable road movie that feels both comfortable and completely fresh. full review

Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune

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. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

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. full review

Melissa Levine, Village Voice

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. full review

Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader

What feels like meandering in the moment builds to a genuine emotional attachment to the characters. full review

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times

The characters here exist in a real, real world, very authentic and realistic. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

The sly ultra-low-budget film The Puffy Chair fits right in with recent news reports about college graduates refusing to grow up already. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

A charming, if limited, romantic comedy that examines post-collegiate angst with easy, unself-conscious humor. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

For the Duplass brothers and Aselton, The Puffy Chair looks like the beginning of fine careers. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

[A] smart and painfully funny debut feature by filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. full review

Scott Foundas, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2005
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Available From: Dec 20, 2008
  • Queued by: 565 people
Directed By
Jay Duplass
Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Julie Fischer, Rhett Wilkins

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