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Mutual Appreciation (2005)

R | | Comedy | 4 May 2007 (UK)
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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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Andrew Bujalski

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Andrew Bujalski
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Admiração Mútua See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,141, 3 September 2006

Gross USA:

$103,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,292
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1.66 : 1
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Connections

Spin-off Peoples House (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Missalu Aduna
Written by Omar Cisse, Ben Herson, and Dan Cantor
Performed by Omzo
Courtesy of Nomadic Wax
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The New Voice of His Generation
1 August 2006 | by joecooldoggSee all my reviews

I bet Andrew Bujalski is sick of reading that he's the voice of his generation, when most of that neo-slacker demographic has never had the opportunity to see his films. Like Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation is hardly your standard Amerindie … It's shot on 16mm black-and-white, thus confirming Bujalski's allegiance to a strain of maverick films—Shadows, Stranger than Paradise, Clerks—that bring poignantly accurate renditions of subcultures of which their directors have intimate knowledge to otherwise homogenized screens. While Cassavetes is the most obvious influence, one might also regard Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciationas Rohmer without subtitles. Both films are "moral tales" whose characters leap to language as offense and defense.—Amy Taubin


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