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The Puffy Chair (2005)

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Josh Sagers drives cross-country on a mission to deliver his father's birthday gift - a giant purple LazyBoy.


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Complete credited cast:
Emily (as Kathryn Aselton)
Larry Duplass ...
Josh's Dad
Motel Manager
Gerald Finnegan ...
Furniture Salesman
Henry Barendse ...
Cindy Duplass ...
Josh's Mom
David Parsons ...
Theater Owner
Jose Manuel Alvarado ...
Furniture Employee
Daniel Gonzalez ...
Furniture Employee (as Daniel Gonzales)
Ora Aselton ...
Furniture Customer
Bill Leighton ...
Fire Extinguisher (as Billy Leighton)
Jim Whalen ...


Josh and Emily are in a relationship, but he can be inattentive and unromantic and she can shift her focus from small things to emotional issues in a moment. He invites her to drive from New York City to somewhere in Virginia to pick up a chair that he's bought on eBay for his father's birthday. On the way, he stops at his brother Rhett's, outside Philly, and invites him along. Josh tries to save money at a motel, has to negotiate with the seller of the chair and with an upholsterer, and faces tough questions from Emily. He calls her "Dude," he's moody, and it looks as if the relationship will end soon. Is there more than meets the eye here? How do people decide? Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

27 April 2007 (UK)  »

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$15,000 (estimated)

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$26,029 (USA) (2 June 2006)


$192,467 (USA) (8 September 2006)

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Characters You Want Something Really Bad To Happen To
8 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For anyone who wasn't aware of the Mumblecore movement a few years back, it was basically a group of young, post-college, middle-class, white, awkward kids (nerds if you want to be mean about it), making films about their lives. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on who you ask), The Puffy Chair may have effectively killed the movement all together. What made other mumblecore film's like Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciate stand out was the strikingly honest (if somewhat mundane) behavior displayed by the characters in those films. Swanberg's LOL stood out simply because it had something to say (about our attachment and dependence on technology trumping a more genuine and connected form communication). These films were saying something even if it was simply, "we never see people that look and talk like us on screen." However, this film has none of those qualities. Think of the most annoying, boring, spoiled, whiny, in desperate need of psychotherapy, young couple you can think of, and then imagine having to spend an hour and a half with them. Nothing really happens in this film, and yet the few things that do happen are almost completely implausible. I can't quite remember a more unlikable pair in a film. You keep hoping this solipsistic couple will catch a few minutes of the evening news to realize there's a bigger world out there. For decades, numerous European filmmakers have made films without focusing on that pesky thing called plot, but they will at least usually give the viewer something to look at, or engaging characters to listen to. Don't look for either here. The biggest challenge with this film is having to endure the pointless, grating dialogue of this self- absorbed couple for 90 minutes. The shear honesty of the final scene is the only thing that merits giving it 2 stars as opposed to one. However, as I watched it, I couldn't help but wonder who on Earth would want to be with either of these two people?

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