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The Puffy Chair (2005)

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

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Cast

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Josh
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Emily (as Kathryn Aselton)
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Rhett
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Amber
Larry Duplass ...
Josh's Dad
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Motel Manager
Gerald Finnegan ...
Furniture Salesman
Henry Barendse ...
Upholsterer
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 ...
Doctor
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$192,467 (USA) (8 September 2006)
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Film critic Ray Carney called The Puffy Chair "one of the best American films of the past ten years." See more »

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Features Sweet Thing (1999) See more »

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Blanket of Love
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Surprisingly Excellent
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Basically, I saw this movie for no good reason. I was at the Nantucket Film Festival (June 2005) with some friends and we only had a few days to see the films. Unfortunately, most of the films I wanted to see were on the last two days, which were after we were leaving. But I bought a ticket for this little film with a funny name and we went to see it on the second day of the festival.

Needless to say, one friend and I were completely blown away. For a movie we just saw because I liked the name of it, "The Puffy Chair" was a very fortunate random purchase, indeed.

The simple yet strangely elegant story of a man trying to get his father the perfect birthday gift and the strange events that he, his girlfriend and his tag-along brother encounter makes for an exceptional viewing experience.

Very realistic, and the pseudo-documentary-style camera work adds to the excellent script. Superb acting, especially Mark Duplass and Kathryn Aselton. In a side note - we met them at the festival and they are really nice people. Which is completely irrelevant but I just thought I'd mention that.

Anyway, "The Puffy Chair" is an extremely good film, and I highly recommend it.


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