It’s been a decade since Ben (Duplass) and Andrew (Leonard) were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up unannounced on Ben’s doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of macho one-upmanship. Late into the night at a wild party, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest together. But what kind of boundary-breaking, envelope pushing porn can two straight dudes make? After the booze and “big talk” run out, only one idea remains - they will have sex together…on camera. It’s not gay; it’s beyond gay. It’s not porn; it’s art. But how exactly will it work? And more importantly, who will tell Anna (Delmore), Ben’s wife?
Writer/director Lynn Shelton, director of My Effortless Brilliance and recipient of the “Someone to Watch Award” at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards, expertly mines the biggest ironies of the male ego to hilarious effect.
HUMPDAY is a buddy movie gone wild.
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We got it from Netflix and watched it this past weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Deeper and more complex than one would think, reading the synopsis. Interesting that Lynn Shelton had the cast improvise most of the dialogue...and they did a great job of it. The ending left an interesting impression as to how much denial there might have been on the part of both guys about the true depth of their feelings for one another (at least for one of them.)
I recommend it.
I recommend it.
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