Funny Ha Ha
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American independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski makes his feature debut as a writer/director with the microbudgeted Funny Ha Ha. Shot on-location in Boston on 16 mm film, the movie is predominately cast with unprofessional actors engaging in realistic discourse. Main character Marnie is played by first-time actress Kate Dollenmayer, a student at CalArts who previously worked on Richard Linklater's Waking Life. Marnie goes about her everyday life with a conflicted love for her friend Alex (Christian Rudder) and a dispassionate attitude toward her job as a temp office worker. While at work… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is an undoubtedly modest yet wholly pleasurable tale about the difficulties that come with letting go of youth."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"By simply re-creating what he has observed, Bujalski has created a tender, funny and stealthily affecting portrait of youthful powerlessness and frustration."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Smart, subtle and excruciatingly honest."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"Low budget and intimate, perhaps to the point of belonging on the small screen rather than the cinema, its still an intelligent and unpretentious slice of life true American life."
‑ Laura Bushell, BBC
"Bujalski's subtly well-constructed film reveals a charmingly idiosyncratic sincerity."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"With Marnie, Dollenmayer has managed to transform a sad sack into an indie screen goddess."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"This isn't improvisation, but rather an adroitly achieved randomness -- the perfect syntax for a generation-defining work about a generation marked by its very lack of definition."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Refreshingly unpolished, the film uses pained silences like punctuation."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Isn't much more than a promising calling card that should take director, cast and crew to the next level."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"If Bujalski's goal was to create a "you are there (and eavesdropping)" sort of narrative, he's done a fine job of it."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"While the film has a true lived-in feel, and demonstrates a burgeoning talent on the part of its young auteur, its portrait of young slackers lacks the freshness to overcome its all too vivid malaise."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Not actually that funny ha ha, but a sensitive and unforced little film about the aimlessness of post-graduate life."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"One of the most accurate portrayals of post-collegiate disillusionment"
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"(Bujalski's) easy naturalism creates an unexpected comic lightness for something so laced with ambiguity."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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