MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 8,470 this week

Mutual Appreciation (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  4 May 2007 (UK)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 1,523 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 23 user | 52 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

Alan is a musician who leaves a busted-up band for New York, and a new musical voyage. He tries to stay focused and fends off all manner of distractions, including the attraction to his good friend's girlfriend.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 04 Jul 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mutual Appreciation (2005)

Mutual Appreciation (2005) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mutual Appreciation.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Hannah is a recent college graduate interning at a Chicago production company. She is crushing on two writers at work, Matt and Paul, who share an office and keep her entertained. Will a ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Greta Gerwig, Kent Osborne, Andrew Bujalski
Funny Ha Ha (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Marnie just graduated from college, drinks likes she's still in school, and is looking for a temporary job but a permanent boyfriend. She loves a guy who doesn't love her (?), ping-pongs ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Stars: Kate Dollenmayer, Mark Herlehy, Christian Rudder
Quiet City (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jamie is 21. She's from Atlanta. She's come to Brooklyn to visit her friend Samantha, but she can't find her. Jamie meets a stranger named Charlie on the subway and spends 24 hours hanging out with him.

Director: Aaron Katz
Stars: Erin Fisher, Cris Lankenau, Sarah Hellman
Sorry, Thanks (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Reeling from a brutal break-up, Kira sleeps with Max, a charming but disheveled wreck already committed to long-term girlfriend Sara. Max (no emotional sophisticate) becomes obsessed, ... See full summary »

Director: Dia Sokol Savage
Stars: Wiley Wiggins, Kenya Miles, Andrew Bujalski
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Jessica and Gus, two apathetic teenagers, drift aimlessly from one day to the next until they meet each other. They make a tenuous and fleeting connection when Gus confides in Jessica about his dark past.

Director: Aaron Katz
Stars: Cole Pensinger, Anna Kavan, Ryan White
Beeswax (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pair of identical twin sisters -- one, who has been paraplegic since youth and gets around in a wheelchair, and the other -- 'same face, different bodies.'

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Stars: Tilly Hatcher, Maggie Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky
Results (2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two mismatched personal trainers' lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Stars: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An ensemble drama about a married actress, her sister and their myriad sexual and creative temptations.

Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Jess Weixler, Justin Rice, Barlow Jacobs
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A physical comedy about yearning

Director: Bob Byington
Stars: Justin Rice, Kevin Corrigan, Pat Healy
LOL (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The relationships of three men are examined through their use of technology.

Director: Joe Swanberg
Stars: Joe Swanberg, C. Mason Wells, Kevin Bewersdorf
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Stars: Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, Rhett Wilkins
Analog Goose (2013)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Alan
Rachel Clift ...
Ellie
...
Lawrence
Seung-Min Lee ...
Sara
Pamela Corkey ...
Patricia
Kevin Micka ...
Dennis
Ralph Tyler ...
Peter Pentz ...
Scotty
...
Tamara Luzeckyj ...
Esther
Mary Varn ...
Rebecca
Kate Dollenmayer ...
Hildy
Keith Gessen ...
Julian
Salvatore Botti ...
Ron
Edit

Storyline

Adults in their 20s circle each other, their bodies in motion, with occasional attractions and lots of talk. Alan is a musician, just down to New York from Boston, hanging out with his friend Lawrence and Lawrence's girlfriend Ellie. Alan and Ellie are on a bed talking: is this prelude or possibility? Sara, who has interviewed Alan for the radio, seems attracted to Alan, but Alan may not be so sure. They, too, sit on the edge of a bed. He has a gig; it goes well. How should he handle Sara? Has the moment with Ellie passed? Do things play out or does time merely pass as bodies move through space? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 May 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Admiração Mútua  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Spin-off Peoples House (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A nuanced shyness
30 September 2006 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this director's first film, the 2002 Funny Ha Ha, but I'm already a fan, if a mild one, from this second effort. It's enjoyable to watch the quiet textures of ordinary young adult American life that Andrew Bujalski weaves, because his people talk in ways that are both witty and remarkably believable, even if the rhythms are mostly lackadaisical.

"If John Cassavetes had directed a script by Eric Rohmer," Variety's Joe Leydon has written, "the result might have looked and sounded like Mutual Appreciation." That indeed does give you a starting point for understanding what Andrew Bujalski (a Harvard film graduate, now thirty-one) is up to, except that these aren't Seventies American actors or later French ones, but mostly twenty-something American non-actors, and the result of the blending of methods and interests of those two older directors is different, of course, from either Rohmer or Cassavetes. Bujalski's film is grainy black and white, the look is rough, the scenes are improvisational and vérité. The topics and the conversations are delicate, however, like Rohmer's; there aren't any long harangues or violent arguments or tortured late-night epiphanies as was Cassavetes' way. Attractions, desires, choices – no huge dramas.

There's really just a triangle, two male friends and the girlfriend of one of them. The boyfriend is Lawrence (Bujalski himself); the girlfriend is Ellie (Rachel Clift). The other guy is Alan (Justin Rice, in real life founder of the indie-rock band Bishop Allen), who's just come to town (NYC, i.e., Brooklyn), whose band has split up, and who wants to get started again. Alan has an interview of radio, and the host, Sara (Seung-Min Lee) later hits on him. During the course of the action, at several times when Lawrence is away, Alan and Ellie acknowledge that they "like" each other. They have a "moment," as they say. But they don't do anything about it, as far as we see (the scenes are chopped off at the ends almost every time; that's the style). They both separately tell Lawrence about their "moment." Some consideration of gender roles comes up when Lawrence agrees -- very half-heartedly -- to participate in a reading of women's experiences with men; and when Alan is talked into putting on a dress. The trio of lovers and friends acknowledge the temptation to infidelity that has happened and end with a group hug. That's all that happens in the 109 minutes.

There's a hand-held camera, the grainy look of 16 mm., but Bujalski doesn't revel in the richness of black and white as Cassavetes' cameramen did. There's nothing particularly cinematic about Bujalski's method, which also has little to do with politics or current events or trends – except for the presence of cell phones. There are hardly any exterior shots. But something magical does happen in the way Bujalski and Rice and the other main characters, who aren't particularly photogenic, to put it mildly, start to look good to us, because the inner beauty of their natures – Alan's openness and positivity; Lawrence's sensitivity and goodness – gradually emerges from the thick grain. Because Bujalski's kitchen-sink use of awkwardness is so adept, it almost disappears. The pace is sometimes excruciating, but in a way this isn't a movie; it doesn't feel like one; and that's not so bad.

What makes the movie a success is the naturalness doesn't seem forced or self-conscious. The people aren't actor-y like Cassavetes and his pals. Their conversations are choppy and awkward sometimes, but alert, even witty. These aren't Actors Studio-style tortured-intensity Stanislawski moments, but remarkably believable recreations of twenty-first-century, twenty-something American conversations. Bujalski's characters, as his Wikipedia bio says, are "well-educated, yet socially inept young white people." The scenes, which include a show at a club that's not very well attended, and a little gathering at an older man's house afterward followed by another dying party of three women in wigs who dress Alan in drag, and phone conversations between Alan, the singer, and his father (one of them to voice mail, while Alan strums his guitar and doesn't answer), have a documentary feel, but it's a documentary that's niftily edited, about people observed so nicely you end by liking them.

In limited release. Seen at Cinema Village NYC September 18, 2006.


15 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Budget? baileys87
Recommendations for similar films ccmullig
The role of the male in Mutual Appreciation worldpoetics
One of the most dull movies I've ever seen. vayacondio
Bishop Allen thephoenix29
How exactly is this film similiar to Cassavetes, Jarmusch, DGD... rapateta-rapateta
Discuss Mutual Appreciation (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?