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The Puffy Chair (2005)

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


Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (uncredited)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Mark Duplass ... Josh
Katie Aselton ... Emily (as Kathryn Aselton)
Rhett Wilkins ... Rhett
Julie Fischer ... Amber
Larry Duplass Larry Duplass ... Josh's Dad
Bari Hyman ... Motel Manager
Gerald Finnegan Gerald Finnegan ... Furniture Salesman
Henry Barendse Henry Barendse ... Upholsterer
Cindy Duplass Cindy Duplass ... Josh's Mom
David Parsons David Parsons ... Theater Owner
Jose Manuel Alvarado Jose Manuel Alvarado ... Furniture Employee
Daniel Gonzalez Daniel Gonzalez ... Furniture Employee (as Daniel Gonzales)
Ora Aselton Ora Aselton ... Furniture Customer
Bill Leighton Bill Leighton ... Fire Extinguisher (as Billy Leighton)
Jim Whalen Jim Whalen ... Doctor


Josh and Emily are in a relationship, but he can be inattentive and unromantic and she can shift her focus from small things to emotional issues in a moment. He invites her to drive from New York City to somewhere in Virginia to pick up a chair that he's bought on eBay for his father's birthday. On the way, he stops at his brother Rhett's, outside Philly, and invites him along. Josh tries to save money at a motel, has to negotiate with the seller of the chair and with an upholsterer, and faces tough questions from Emily. He calls her "Dude," he's moody, and it looks as if the relationship will end soon. Is there more than meets the eye here? How do people decide? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Film critic Ray Carney called The Puffy Chair "one of the best American films of the past ten years." See more »


References Say Anything (1989) See more »


Written by Benjamin Gibbard (uncredited) and Chris Walla (uncredited)
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie (as Deathcab for Cutie)
Barsuk Records
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Feels very real
30 January 2017 | by edge547See all my reviews

The Puffy Chair is a simple road movie about two brothers and a girlfriend who take a trip to deliver a chair to their dad on his birthday. The plot is as simple as that. They have a few semi-deep conversations and realizations and random adventures along the way, but it's hard to describe exactly what this film really encompasses.

The synopsis makes it sound like a straightforward road movie, and it actually is, but it is not your typical road movie. It is not like most other road movies, which often rely on ridiculous plots and outrageous scenes for entertainment, such as in Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Due Date. The Puffy Chair feels totally real. Everything that happens feels real and feels as if it could happen. The characters are strange and quirky, but only to the extent of real human beings. But if you don't watch closely, you might miss it, and mistake this for a boring film, which it most certainly is not. Rest assured, the filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing and it was not an accident that this movie came out feeling so very real.

At first when I was watching it I found myself wondering what they heck they were doing. Why were they talking like that? Who the heck were these people on screen? Then I quickly realized that they were real people. They were people just like you and me with their own unique habits and personalities. It felt weird because they were not typical movie characters, but the characters of real life, and for the first time I realized that it felt to see them on screen. They weren't characters like Leonardo DiCaprio or Johnny Depp. They were more like your next door neighbor.

Even the side plots felt strange at first, like they were missing something. The character randomly stopped at a movie theater and met some people and hung out with them. I wondered what that had to do with the movie, but then realized that that was exactly what the movie was about. It was about these characters and what they were doing and it felt so real. And it felt fresh and it made me happy.

If you loved Good Luck Chuck You then you'll probably hate this movie. There are no car chases or farting scenes. There's no grand realization or big conspiracy uncovered in the plot. But that's what is good about it. Although nothing externally exciting happens and there aren't any major twists, so much happens on an emotional level, to the point that when a minor tragedy occurs—which, in many conventional films would be trivial at best—we feel it so much more. We actually care. Nothing outrageous happens in this film, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.

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Release Date:

27 April 2007 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$15,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,029, 4 June 2006

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