Down 221 this week

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

 |  Drama, Musical  |  July 2010 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 349 users   Metascore: 84/100
Reviews: 9 user | 31 critic | 10 from

After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 56 titles
created 10 Apr 2013
a list of 47 titles
created 08 Oct 2013
a list of 22 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 201 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 31 titles
created 4 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) on IMDb 6.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Stars: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark
Grand Piano (2013)
Music | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During his comeback performance, a pianist who suffers from stage fright finds a note "play one note wrong, and you die".

Director: Eugenio Mira
Stars: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé
Maria My Love (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young woman named Ana is struggling to deal with her mother's death and her father's mistakes. In an effort to feel better, she reconnects with her half-sister Grace, (Lauren Fales) and, ... See full summary »

Director: Jasmine McGlade
Stars: Judy Marte, Karen Black, Brian Rieger
Whiplash (2014)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist
Whiplash (2013)
Short | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Paul Dietz, John Greer, Ellee Jane Hounsell
Comedy | Horror
Directors: Dennis Widmyer, Anthony Scott Burns, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Kevin Smith, Matt Johnson, Savannah Kennick

The logline is being kept under wraps.

Director: Damien Chazelle
La La Land I (2016)
Comedy | Drama | Musical

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

Director: Damien Chazelle
Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling

A single dad searches for his kidnapped daughter.

Day and Night (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jasmine McGlade
Stars: Eli Dagostino, Sheryl Dagostino, Blake Habermann
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A scene taken from the film Whiplash (2014). Its an adaptation of the break up scene. Andrew and Nicole are sitting in a diner where Andrew tries to explain to Nicole why they should break up.

Director: John Mejia
Stars: Alexandra Bartley, Trayvon Williams


Credited cast:
Jason Palmer ...
Desiree Garcia ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Adelman ...
Suzanne Bouffard ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
Kelly Burk ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
Bernard Chazelle ...
Gonzalo Digenio ...
Frank Garvin ...
Eli Gerstenlauer ...
Carolyn Glicklich ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
Greg ...
Greg Duncan
Keith Gross-Hill ...
Kevin Harris ...


After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Musical



Official Sites:




Release Date:

July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guy y Madeline en un banco del parque  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,233 (USA) (5 November 2010)


$33,793 (USA) (27 May 2011)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »


Je Savais Pas
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An exercise in style first and foremost
13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who would've thought director Damien Chazelle, following his low-key, festival-success with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, would go on to be something of a hot commodity in the film world just five years later with the release of his sophomore effort Whiplash, meriting several Oscar nominations and wins and a whirlwind of positive buzz? To say Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is a different film from Whiplash is an understatement. While I obviously did not go into this film expecting to see a film similar in style or quality to Whiplash, judging simply by the plot and the poster, I think it's worth noting that I'm not particularly sure both of these films exist in the same universe together. I highly doubt there's anything resembling a Terence Fletcher in the whimsical world of Guy and Madeline.

The film takes place in Boston, centering on the titular characters (Jason Palmer and Desiree Garcia, respectively), who've been dating for about three months. Guy is a jazz trumpeter, obtaining whatever work he can get in jazz clubs or underground subways, just to make end's meet, and Madeline is an introverted soul who can't seem to find any kind of work. The immediate shock of meeting one another and falling in love has faded for both of them, to say the least, as Guy is now pursuing the likes of Elena (Sandha Khin), a more adventurous soul with a more outgoing personality. This leaves Madeline out tremendously, to which she responds by trying to get her own life on track with a new boyfriend whilst Guy continues to play his nightclubs and make a living as a jazz musician.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench is like a cross between contemporary mumblecore filmmaking and the classic, Hollywood musicals of the 1950's, which featured enough whimsy and warmth for an entire franchise. Chazelle employs the directorial style of shooting close to the subjects, using extreme close ups or traditional close ups in order to presumably conjure intimacy within its subjects. Combine this with the grainy black and white cinematography and method of shooting and you have a film that's more enjoyable as an exercise in style than anything else. The aforementioned qualities that seem to be extracted from 1950's Hollywood musicals, however, poses a nice change in pace for the mumblecore style, rather than the traditional band of twentysomethings talking and rambling about their existence and their lives in closed, tight-knit settings like lofts and apartments.

It seems whenever the genre of mumblecore - and by "mumblecore," I mean the cinematic subgenre/style of shooting with lower budgets, low-quality cameras, amateur actors, and an emphasis on naturalistic writing and acting, traditionally by way of improvisation - decides to increase its playing field by pursuing genres such as musicals and horror films that they're mostly enjoyable as stylistic exercises and little else. Mumblecore is such a difficult subject to explain, and, more often, recommend, because its ability to be likable starts and ends with the focus it puts on its characters and the qualities of their personalities. If you have a film of the genre with lackluster characters that don't do much else other than lackadaisically converse and don't exchange anything of noteworthy insight or ideas, than you have a film that's fairly stagnant in its likability.

That's more or less what happens with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench; the actors here are uniformly capable and Chazelle's close ups along with self-executed cinematography make for a film that takes on a new life all its own in terms of look, feel, and mood. However, in the process, there's little to no character or philosophical development for the film's titular characters, leaving them lost in the shuffle while the environment and the film's own atmosphere engulf them entirely. What we have here, again, is another mumblecore film that is much more intriguing to speak about and discuss rather than actually view.

Starring: Jordan Palmer, Desiree Garcia, and Sandha Khin. Directed by: Damien Chazelle.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Do NOT even waste your money!!! tudazwoman-3
Looks amazing... Melvin_Butler
Best part about this movie ghtx
Very Cool princethomas
Discuss Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: