Humpday

"Excellent"

Humpday Review


Shot in a disarmingly improvises style, it's not clear whether this is a dramatic comedy or a very funny drama. Whatever it is, it boldy faces one of the biggest taboos of American society: male intimacy.

Ben and Anna (Duplass and Demore) are a happy couple trying to get pregnant when Ben's globe-hopping university buddy Andrew (Leonard) turns up for a visit. The two guys go to a raucous dinner party where they drunkenly decide to make a porn film for an upcoming festival. The hitch is that they will star in it as straight best friends having sex in the name of art. The next morning they begin to realise how stupid this is, but neither of them is willing to back down. And then Anna finds out.

Within this ridiculous premise, there's a ring of truth that keeps us watching.

Filmmaker Shelton is provocatively exploring cultural barriers, and she pushes her cast to engage in some strikingly honest (and nervous) dialog. The film is essentially a series of conversations between these central three characters, with only two side roles for the filmmaker and Willard as a couple who tests another male limitation.

Perfectly cast as average Joes, Duplass and Leonard are natural as two guys awkwardly avoiding the elephant in the room and then making sure that, when they talk about it, they remain as ludicrously macho as they can be. And both have terrific scenes with Delmore too. All of the dialog is both hilarious and squirm-inducing. In some ways, this is more a razor-sharp look at interpersonal communication than an examination of masculinity.

And it's very funny to watch these guys' egos kick in. Neither wants to be the one who chickens out, so they waffle on about creating art that pushes boundaries while ignoring their own mid-30s crises. Along the way, the film knowingly explores how relationships require outside interests to survive, and how a truly loving partner is willing to talk and listen without judgement. And by the time we get to the fateful night, both men realise that they might be confronting the thing that scares them more than anything else. Which is a shocking revelation if you think about it.



Humpday

Facts and Figures

Run time: 94 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 16th September 2009

Box Office USA: $0.3M

Distributed by: Magnolia Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Fresh: 105 Rotten: 27

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Ben, as Andrew, as Anna, as Monica, Trina Willard as Lily

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Advertisement
Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Movie Review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Movie Review

It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off...

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

This may not be the cheeriest movie of the season, but it's so skilfully written,...

Live By Night Movie Review

Live By Night Movie Review

Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.