Humpday (2009)

[Humpday will be shown today at the Framing Reality film festival in Vienna: 20.30, Filmcasino. They have a focus on Lynn Shelton and Barbara Kopple.]

Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore
Part of: Framing Reality

Ben (Mark Duplass) is happily married with Anna (Alycia Delmore) but their harmonious existence is shaken up by the surprising arrival of Ben’s old friend Andrew (Joshua Leonard). Andrew is an artist and what you’d call a free spirit. And then in drunken night, Ben and Andrew hatch the plan to do an art project together for Humpfest – a porn film festival. But doing porn isn’t easy.

Humpday has got to be one of the most charming films I’ve ever seen. It left me with a huge grin on my face and a spring in my step for the entire day.


Humpday is rougher than Touchy Feely. The dialogues aren’t that polished, the camerawork isn’t quite there yet, the character development a little too on the nose.

But it didn’t really matter because Ben, Andrew and Anna were amazing characters that I loved and that I was rooting for, the entire film has an amazing sense of humor and I was just caught up in everything.

humpday1The entire film felt just amazingly true to life. From the situation and set-up to the talks they had (maybe especially because the dialogues were a little rough), I can totally see it happening in real life. But more importantly, it was the relationships that rang absolutely true. Ben and Andrew, Ben and Anna and even Anna and Andrew. Those relationships carry the entire film.

I loved how the story was resolved, too, though I was torn about how I wanted it to end. I think another ending would have probably pushed the film away from the realism and I can always imagine the fantasy version. Or just watch the film again.

humpday2Summarizing: Wonderful.

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