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Mutual Appreciation -- Alan's quest for success in music and love is hampered by one thing-- himself. Centering on Alan's half-hearted romancing of radio DJ Sara and promoting his fledgling band, Mutual Appreciation is less a love story than an insightful and hilarious portrayal of the art of awkwardness. Andrew Bujalski, voted "Someone to Watch" at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards and writer-director of critically acclaimed Funny Ha Ha, slinks through New York City bars, clubs and teeny apartments in this exploration of the gray areas between expectation, disappointment and desire that accompany adulthood. An indie festival favorite, Mutual Appreciation is a cleverly written, utterly timeless snapshot of post-college angst.
Mutual Appreciation -- 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.


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4 May 2007 (UK) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Justin Rice ... Alan
Rachel Clift ... Ellie

Andrew Bujalski ... Lawrence
Seung-Min Lee ... Sara
Pamela Corkey ... Patricia
Kevin Micka ... Dennis
Ralph Tyler ... Jerry
Peter Pentz ... Scotty

Bill Morrison ... Walter
Tamara Luzeckyj ... Esther
Mary Varn ... Rebecca
Kate Dollenmayer ... Hildy
Keith Gessen ... Julian
Salvatore Botti ... Ron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damian Hess ... Clay Loudermilk (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Bujalski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Bujalski  written by

Produced by
Jeff Caldwell .... associate producer
Morgan Faust .... producer
Mynette Louie .... co-producer
Dia Sokol Savage .... producer (as Dia Sokol)
Ethan Vogt .... producer
Cinematography by
Matthias Grunsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Bujalski 
Sound Department
Eugene Cho .... post-production sound supervisor
Randall Good .... sound mixer
John Koczera .... post-production sound supervisor
Eric Masunaga .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Boese .... grip
Sara Johnson Loveaux .... grip
Ken ReCorr .... grip
Other crew
Houston King .... producer's representative
Lauren Mechling .... additional monologue
Brian Tran .... assistant sales representative
Michael Bowes .... thanks
Ben Caro .... thanks
Tze Chun .... special thanks
Marshall Lewy .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
great., 23 May 2007
Author: paigemc11 from Australia

I saw Mutual Appreciation on the bottom row of a 'new release' section of a movie shop and it caught my eye. I usually am a sucker for movies that are deeper than the average celluloid we are bombarded with. I didn't have a great expectation for the movie, which turned out to be great. The dialog isn't deep. And it isn't meant to be. It's very real to life. The colours and positioning really captured the essence of the movie: bleak and monotonous. I did like it for the fact I felt that I could relate to more than one character, and the characters were realistic and likable. I've read previous remarks, and I suppose the only advice I can give is to watch the movie without expectations and with a open mind. On reflection, try and see if you can relate some of the central themes to your life and you will be pleasantly surprised. As a 16 year old that is trying to find movies that break the conventional mould, I found this refreshing and it made me hopeful for some reason. I will definitely be checking out Funny Ha Ha.

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