Andrew Bujalski's acclaimed debut follows Marnie, a young Boston slacker, as she drifts through post-collegiate life searching for romance and employment. She is forced to endure the awkwardness of an unrequited crush on her friend, Alex, the unwanted attentions of a work colleague, Mitchell, and a string of boring temp jobs but manages to move through her brief, painful summer with humour and dignity.
Off beat, low key, post college comedy
- Funny Ha Ha review by Tim from London
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You rated this film: 4
This reminded me an Eric Rohmer film - lots of talk, focused on character and little narrative - but transported into Boston and film in US indie style. The film looks like it was made on a shoe-string (which adds to it authenticity) and follows a woman working in of dead end jobs, hanging out with friends and attracting attention from several unsuitable men. Two in particular attract her attention - a passive aggressive former work colleague (brilliantly played by the director)and a now married old friend - both of whom are equally unsuitable in different ways. All the characters are wonderfully inarticulate - who repeatedly use terms like 'sort of', 'kind of' and 'it's like um' - which wonderfully reinforces the nervousness and uncertainty of leaving college and tying to move on to the next stage of life. Some great performances especially by Kate Dollenmayer in the central role. A wonderful small film - in the best sense of the word.
A fairly decent mumblecore movie.
- Funny Ha Ha review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Within the mumblecore genre this isn't the best film out there, though of Andrew Bujalski's three films currently available on DVD 'Funny Ha Ha' is easily the best of the bunch. Kate Dollenmayer as Marnie is quite good and the film pretty much relies on the likeability of her character. If you’re looking for decent films within the mumblecore genre check out ‘The Puffy Chair’, ‘Old Joy’, ‘Wendy and Lucy’, The Guatemalan Handshake’ and ‘Cocaine Angel’, and if they ever get a DVD release Aaron Katz’s superb 'Quiet City' and 'Dance Party USA', Kentucker Audley’s ‘Team Picture’, Ry Russo-Young’s ‘Orphans’ and the Duplass Brothers ‘Baghead’.