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The Puffy Chair -- Romantically challenged New York indie-rocker Josh (Mark Duplass) can't figure out why his career and love life seem to be spinning out of control. Hoping some time on the road will clear things up, he plans a trip to visit his father with an unusual gift


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27 April 2007 (UK) See more »
Josh Sagers drives cross-country on a mission to deliver his father's birthday gift - a giant purple LazyBoy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mark Duplass ... Josh

Katie Aselton ... Emily (as Kathryn Aselton)

Rhett Wilkins ... Rhett

Julie Fischer ... Amber
Larry Duplass ... Josh's Dad

Bari Hyman ... 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

Directed by
Jay Duplass 
Mark Duplass (uncredited)
Writing credits
Mark Duplass (written by) &
Jay Duplass (written by)

Produced by
Katie Aselton .... co-producer (as Kathryn Aselton)
Cindy Duplass .... executive producer
Larry Duplass .... executive producer
Mark Duplass .... producer
Jen Tracy .... co-producer (as Jen Tracy Duplass)
Jay Duplass .... producer (uncredited)
Julie Fischer .... senior post-production producer (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Jay Deuby 
Sound Department
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
John E. Bryant .... boom operator (as John Bryant)
Matt Coby .... sound editor
Jay Gallagher .... sound editor
Patricia Gorman .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
John E. Bryant .... gaffer (as John Bryant)
Other crew
Mark David .... film clips: "Sweet Thing" courtesy of
Jeffrey Abramson .... thanks (as Jeff Abramson)
Carl Aselton .... special thanks
Ora Aselton .... special thanks
Stefanie Azpiazu .... thanks (as Stephanie Azpiazu)
Brad Barnes .... thanks
Todd Barnes .... thanks
Eric Besner .... thanks
Will Blake .... thanks
Anna Boden .... thanks
Charles Budd .... thanks
Mary Budd .... thanks
Andrew Bujalski .... thanks
Charles Burmeister .... thanks
Ray Carney .... thanks
Howard Cohen .... thanks
Ozzie Coombs .... thanks
Sharon Coombs .... thanks
Liesl Copland .... special thanks
Michael Costigan .... thanks
Eric d'Arbeloff .... thanks
Mark David .... thanks
Craig A. Emanuel .... thanks (as Craig Emanuel)
Eric Escobar .... thanks
Warren Etheredge .... thanks (as Warren Etheridge)
Ryan Fleck .... thanks
Andy Gershenzon .... thanks
Robert Hawk .... thanks (as Bob Hawk)
Erin Heidenreich .... thanks
Chris Henderson .... thanks
Eugene Hernandez .... thanks
Julie Howard .... thanks
Amy Hubbard .... thanks (as Amy MacLean)
Marc Isaacman .... thanks (as Mark Isaacman)
Elisabeth Jamison .... thanks
Dana Johnson .... thanks
Chris Kannen .... thanks
Douglas Katz .... thanks
Willard Kelley .... thanks
Geoff Kleinman .... thanks
Shauna Larussa .... thanks
Tamara Lecker .... thanks
Ryan Long .... thanks
Doug March .... thanks
Anne McCabe .... thanks
Megan O'Neill .... thanks
Marguerite Phillips .... thanks
Suzannah Phillips .... thanks
Bryan Poyser .... thanks
Frank Reynolds .... thanks
James Rocchi .... thanks
David Rubin .... thanks
Ted Sarandos .... thanks
Garret Savage .... thanks
Peter Sawyer .... thanks
John Schlegel .... thanks
Lee-Lee Schlegel .... thanks
Maya Singer .... thanks
Dustin Smith .... thanks (as Dusty Smith)
Ellen Strout .... thanks
Joe Swanberg .... thanks
Jake Vaughan .... thanks
Amber Lea Voiles .... thanks (as Amber Voiles)
Ryan Werner .... thanks
Byron Westbrook .... thanks
Joanne Wiles .... thanks
Caveh Zahedi .... thanks
David Zellner .... thanks
Steve Zissis .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language
USA:85 min

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Just Puffy Enough, 1 February 2010
Author: Arthol Gibson from Bahamas

The setup of this movie is pretty straight forward and it delivers a few jabs more than you would expect. What I like about this movie is how it elevated itself from a presumably mundane flick to a decent watch that will have you nodding at the craftsmanship of the script and the evolution of the characters.

Shot in the renegade fashion of hand-held camera – the TV show, The Office would probably be the most accessible example – this film feels like what you'd probably imagine seeing if the story was relayed to you by one of the characters. This adds to the mood of the movie as well, wherein it doesn't feel serious and allows the viewer to relax and take it as it comes. The movie follows Josh, a booking agent for unknown bands, who wants to do something for his father's birthday in the vein of getting him a piece of childhood nostalgia- a puffy red chair. After igniting some angst, Josh decides to take his girlfriend, Emily along for the road trip. More characters join in and we get introduced to Rhett, the very 'dudeish' and oddly existential younger brother of Josh as he becomes the inevitable third wheel on the trip.

The chair was to be picked up from a furniture store owner and ultimately throws a wrench in Josh's plans as the guy fails to deliver, imposing an unplanned stay in the surrounding town and a bit of tyranny on Josh's behalf. This kicks off a bit of character development as we see tension tighten with Josh and Emily, as far as their relationship goes, and we see just how free-willed Rhett is as he hooks up with a girl, Amber (Julie Fischer) from the town. The lighting on Josh places him as an average guy, I guess, finding himself in a relationship that he only seems to take seriously when pressed with, 'the talk'. Likewise, Emily seems to be at that point in her life where she wants to take more steps as opposed to the flippant, casual ideal that Josh appears to have. Rhett, on the other hand is impulsive and unattached, seeming to just want to experience life rather than adhere to a schedule, much like a light version of his brother. I enjoyed how the relationships panned themselves out as it gave you both the fishbowl perspective from both sides of the glass, be it a personal experience or one you just know about.

It's not really an essential film to watch but it does have its unique qualities and offers a quaint take on how people handle pressure and life variables. I give Josh Duplass credit for the way the movie unraveled and the way it held both predictability and that little nudge to want to see it to the end.

Standout Line: "What you're probably doing is waiting for something real good or real bad to happen to make the decision for you and you're not gonna get that break, it never happens"

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