Mumblecore

by frida-brude | created - 31 Aug 2013 | updated - 31 Aug 2013 | Public

<"Mumblecore" is a name used to describe extremely low-budget comedy-drama films, usually shot on digital video and set in the United States, that feature largely improvisational acting and often cast "non-actors." These movies generally utilize hand-held shots. A majority of these flicks focus on the romantic entanglements of white, heterosexual middle- to upper-middle-class twenty- and thirty-somethings, often with artistic sensibilities, from urban areas. Andrew Bujalski's 2002 film Funny Ha Ha is often considered the first film in this increasing pool of movies. The directors and actors most associated with the movement include Bujalski, Jay and Mark Duplass (The Duplass Brothers), Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, Katie Aselton, Azazel Jacobs, Aaron Katz, Lena Dunham, Alex Karpovsky, and Ronald Bronstein. Following the relative success of the Duplass Brothers' Cyrus in 2010, along with attention paid to Hollywood films that were seemingly influenced by the mumblecore aesthetic (such as Noah Baumbach's Greenberg [2010] and Sofia Coppola's Somewhere [2010]), some critics have declared mumblecore "dead," or have referred to the post-2010 films in this milieu as "post-mumblecore." These films must also be thought of in the terms of an artistic community rather than as a "movement," as many of stars and directors of these films will appear in each other's work, collaborate with them, and promote each others' works.> -yerblues http://rateyourmusic.com/list/yerblues/a_guide_to_mumblecore_cinema__2002_2012/

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1. The GoodTimesKid (2005)

77 min | Action, Comedy

73 Metascore

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Director: Azazel Jacobs | Stars: Azazel Jacobs, Gerardo Naranjo, Sara Diaz, Lucy Dodd

Votes: 256

2. The Puffy Chair (2005)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

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, Julie Fischer

Votes: 4,486 | Gross: $0.19M

3. Alexander the Last (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Romance

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, Amy Seimetz

Votes: 590

4. Cyrus (I) (2010)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

John and Molly, a divorced middle aged man and a single mother meet at a friends party and start up a small relationship, all John has to do now is meet Molly's son... Cyrus

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener

Votes: 31,825 | Gross: $7.46M

5. Uncle Kent (2011)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

A pothead kid's show cartoonist in Los Angeles spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest - a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Kevin Bewersdorf, Megan Daalder, Jennifer Daley, Josephine Decker

Votes: 471

6. Funny Ha Ha (2002)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

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, Jennifer L. Schaper

Votes: 2,092 | Gross: $0.08M

7. Frownland (2007)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

About a door-to-door coupon salesman who eats popcorn & eggs off the folded-out-door of his kitchen oven.

Director: Ronald Bronstein | Stars: Dore Mann, Paul Grimstad, David Sandholm, Carmine Marino

Votes: 360

8. Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Twenty-four hours in the tentative relationship of two young San Franciscans also dealing with the conundrum of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying city.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins, Elizabeth Acker, Melissa Bisagni

Votes: 1,692 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Momma's Man (2008)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A man who has avoided his wife and child at home has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents' loft.

Director: Azazel Jacobs | Stars: Matt Boren, Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Dana Varon

Votes: 567

10. Nights and Weekends (2008)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A man and woman must face the tension that builds between them during a long-distance relationship.

Directors: Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Joe Swanberg, Alison Bagnall, Elizabeth Donius

Votes: 1,066 | Gross: $0.00M

11. Yeast (2008)

Unrated | 78 min | Drama

A maddeningly oblivious, tyrannical and emotionally stunted young woman tries her best to negotiate two toxic friendships.

Director: Mary Bronstein | Stars: Mary Bronstein, Ignacio Carballo, Greta Gerwig, Amy Judd Lieberman

Votes: 125

12. Go Get Some Rosemary (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

A father juggling his kids with the rest of his responsibilities is ultimately faced with the choice of being their father or their friend.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Ronald Bronstein, Alex Greenblatt, Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo

Votes: 932 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Humpday (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton

Votes: 5,024 | Gross: $0.41M

14. Bass Ackwards (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A man coming off a disastrous affair with a married woman has a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus.

Director: Linas Phillips | Stars: Linas Phillips, Davie-Blue, Sebastien Scandiuzzi, Jim Fletcher

Votes: 311

15. Everyone Says I Look Just Like Her (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

During the anniversary of a family tragedy, two sisters, one white, one black, spend the week at their famous father's summer home.

Director: Ryan Balas | Stars: Dee Herlihy, Jacinda Williams, Joe Swanberg, Ryan Balas

Votes: 12

16. Art History (2011)

74 min | Drama

36 Metascore

Sam (Joe Swanberg) has feelings for Juliette (Josephine Decker), the lead actress in a sexually explicit drama centered on a couple's one night stand. He must maintain a professional ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Josephine Decker, Kent Osborne, Joe Swanberg, Kris Swanberg

Votes: 125

17. No Matter What (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

When Joey's mom suddenly vanishes; he and his best friend Nick hit the road to find her. The teenage boys from poor; rural Florida embark on a life-changing quest.

Director: Cherie Saulter | Stars: Steve Cox, Waylan Gross, Travis Herndon, Stan Houston

Votes: 37

18. Silver Bullets (2011)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror

59 Metascore

A young actress is cast as the lead in a werewolf film which leads to many unexpected consequences in her life.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Kate Lyn Sheil, Ti West, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg

Votes: 240

19. Sun Don't Shine (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

70 Metascore

A couple takes a tense and mysterious road trip through the desolate yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of central Florida.

Director: Amy Seimetz | Stars: Kate Lyn Sheil, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Kit Gwin

Votes: 451

20. Tiger Tail in Blue (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

Tiger Tail in Blue is about a young married couple, Christopher and Melody, that work opposite schedules to remain financially afloat as Chris bangs out his first novel while working nights... See full summary »

Director: Frank V. Ross | Stars: Robert Airdo, Anthony J. Baker, Allison Latta, Megan Mercier

Votes: 35

21. Dance Party, USA (2006)

65 min | Drama

54 Metascore

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, Sarah Bing

Votes: 560

22. Hamilton (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Chronicles two summer days in the life of a young recent family: Lena, 17, and Joe, 20, two recent and accidental parents residing in a diverse suburban neighborhood in northeast Baltimore City.

Director: Matthew Porterfield | Stars: Christopher H. Myers, Stephanie Vizzi, Sarah Seipp-Williams, Gina Christine Mooers

Votes: 114

23. The Hole Story (2005)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

An aspiring television producer cashes in his life savings to produce the pilot to a documentary television series, only to find himself in a battle with nature, reality, and his own internal demons. Hilarious and moving in equal measure.

Director: Alex Karpovsky | Star: Alex Karpovsky

Votes: 156

24. Hannah Takes the Stairs (2007)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

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, Ry Russo-Young

Votes: 1,478 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Quiet City (2007)

Unrated | 78 min | Drama

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, Joe Swanberg

Votes: 1,336 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Baghead (2008)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

62 Metascore

Four struggling actors retreat to a cabin in Big Bear, California in order to write a screenplay that will make them all stars. Problem is: What happens when their story idea -- a horror ... See full summary »

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Greta Gerwig, Elise Muller

Votes: 3,878 | Gross: $0.14M

27. Luke and Brie Are on a First Date (2008)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Luke and Brie are on a first date, but the hazards of this term, and the incessant need for casualness keep their evening ebbing and flowing between flirtations and misunderstandings.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: George Ducker, Meghan Webster, Leix CedeƱo, Aaron Katz

Votes: 97

28. My Effortless Brilliance (2008)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

An unfit urbanite author must confront nature & friendship when he travels to the Washington backwoods to restore the tattered remains of a broken friendship.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Basil Harris, Jeanette Maus, Sean Nelson, Calvin Reeder

Votes: 284

29. Present Company (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

Leading very separate lives, Christy and her boyfriend Buddy live together in her parent's basement with their baby Mikey. As Christy, a waitress and aspiring writer, and Buddy, a plumber's... See full summary »

Director: Frank V. Ross | Stars: Anthony J. Baker, Tamara Fana, Sasha Gioppo, Allison Latta

Votes: 28

30. RSO [Registered Sex Offender] (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

There may be one thing worse than being a sex offender sent to prison: Being a sex offender released from prison. RSO tells the story of one offender's unlikely rehabilitation.

Director: Bob Byington | Stars: Gabriel McIver, Kristen Tucker, Kevin Corrigan, Andrew Bujalski

Votes: 417

32. Creative Nonfiction (2009)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

College student Ella is completely focused on her ambiguously romantic relationship with her dorm-mate, Chris. She is so consumed by trying to understand his behavior that she's neglecting ... See full summary »

Director: Lena Dunham | Stars: Richard Brundage, Jeff Cristiani, Grace Dunham, Lena Dunham

Votes: 399

33. The Mountain, the River and the Road (2009)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

Jeff is a failing post-college writer whose parents are finally kicking him out of the house. With this in mind, Jeff starts out on a road trip to Austin, TX with his friend, Tom; a final ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Harring | Stars: Justin Rice, Tipper Newton, Joe Swanberg, Kirsten Barber

Votes: 40

34. Uptown (2009)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama

Ben has been single for a long time. For his part, he is a loner but as well a romantic: he enjoys the solitude of his simple being but appreciates intelligent and witty company just the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Ackley | Stars: Chris Riquinha, Meissa Hampton, Derek M. McAllister, Dee Herlihy

Votes: 32

35. Audrey the Trainwreck (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

The story of two people caught in the routines of work and circles of friends. The days begin with an alarm and ends with the fading sound of a television. Ron Hogan, a 28 year old ATM ... See full summary »

Director: Frank V. Ross | Stars: Nathan Adloff, Anthony J. Baker, Tim Baker, Denise Blank

Votes: 56

36. The Freebie (2010)

R | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A young couple decides to give each other a night off, no questions asked.

Director: Katie Aselton | Stars: Katie Aselton, Dax Shepard, Maggie Phillips, Joshua Leonard

Votes: 1,516 | Gross: $0.00M

37. Gabi on the Roof in July (2010)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

An ambitious painter on the verge of a big break confronts his moral decay when his idealist, hell-raising, younger sister comes to stay with him in New York City for the summer.

Director: Lawrence Michael Levine | Stars: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Brooke Bloom, Louis Cancelmi

Votes: 266

38. Open Five (2010)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance

A blend of reality and fiction, "Open Five" follows the story of Jake, a struggling musician and his sidekick, Kentucker, a maker of "poor" films and what happens when two girls (Lucy and ... See full summary »

Director: Kentucker Audley | Stars: Genevieve Angelson, Amy Seimetz, Shannon Esper, Kentucker Audley

Votes: 71

39. Open Five 2 (2012)

66 min | Drama

A relationship drama set amid a winter van trip from New York to New Orleans. A loose continuation of the 2010 film.

Director: Kentucker Audley | Stars: Kentucker Audley, David Behl, Elizabeth Behl, Walker Behl

Votes: 32

40. Tiny Furniture (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

Director: Lena Dunham | Stars: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe

Votes: 13,022 | Gross: $0.39M

41. Terri (2011)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of a large fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life.

Director: Azazel Jacobs | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton

Votes: 9,011 | Gross: $0.65M

42. Your Sister's Sister (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 24,049 | Gross: $1.57M

43. The Zone (2011)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

A mysterious visitor spends the night at an apartment belonging to a young engaged couple and their friend.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Kentucker Audley, Dustin Guy Defa, Lawrence Michael Levine, Kate Lyn Sheil

Votes: 108

44. The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)

R | 76 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

Two brothers compete in their own private 25-event Olympics.

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: Mark Kelly, Steve Zissis, Jennifer Lafleur, Julie Vorus

Votes: 1,576 | Gross: $0.01M

45. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.

Directors: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass | Stars: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 58,952 | Gross: $4.24M

46. Marriage Material (2012)

55 min | Drama

Emily and Andrew, a young couple living in Memphis, agree to babysit their friend's 7-month-old for a day. The experience causes them to examine their own relationship and their feelings about marriage and children.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Kentucker Audley, Amanda Crawford, Joe Swanberg, Jude Swanberg

Votes: 72

47. Drinking Buddies (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

Votes: 51,612 | Gross: $0.34M

48. Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester

Votes: 3,862 | Gross: $0.10M

49. Breaking Upwards (2009)

TV-MA | 88 min | Romance

56 Metascore

A young New York couple intricately strategize their own break up.

Director: Daryl Wein | Stars: Zoe Lister-Jones, Daryl Wein, Julie White, Andrea Martin

Votes: 1,262 | Gross: $0.08M

50. Red Flag (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance