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Mutual Appreciation (2005)

R | | Comedy | 4 May 2007 (UK)
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Alan is a musician who leaves a busted-up band for New York, and a new musical voyage. He tries to stay focused and fends off all manner of distractions, including the attraction to his good friend's girlfriend.

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Andrew Bujalski

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Andrew Bujalski
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Cast

Cast overview:
Justin Rice ... Alan
Rachel Clift Rachel Clift ... Ellie
Andrew Bujalski ... Lawrence
Seung-Min Lee Seung-Min Lee ... Sara
Pamela Corkey ... Patricia
Kevin Micka Kevin Micka ... Dennis
Ralph Tyler Ralph Tyler ... Jerry
Peter Pentz Peter Pentz ... Scotty
Bill Morrison ... Walter
Tamara Luzeckyj Tamara Luzeckyj ... Esther
Mary Varn Mary Varn ... Rebecca
Kate Dollenmayer Kate Dollenmayer ... Hildy
Keith Gessen Keith Gessen ... Julian
Salvatore Botti Salvatore Botti ... Ron
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Adults in their 20s circle each other, their bodies in motion, with occasional attractions and lots of talk. Alan is a musician, just down to New York from Boston, hanging out with his friend Lawrence and Lawrence's girlfriend Ellie. Alan and Ellie are on a bed talking: is this prelude or possibility? Sara, who has interviewed Alan for the radio, seems attracted to Alan, but Alan may not be so sure. They, too, sit on the edge of a bed. He has a gig; it goes well. How should he handle Sara? Has the moment with Ellie passed? Do things play out or does time merely pass as bodies move through space? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Admiração Mútua See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,141, 3 September 2006

Gross USA:

$103,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,292
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1.66 : 1
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Connections

Spin-off Peoples House (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Coupla Easy Things
Written by Justin Rice and Christian Rudder
Performed by Bishop Allen
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An offbeat comedy about a young musician and his new life in New York
24 April 2005 | by VolcomAvengerSee all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday at the Independent Film Festival of Boston and was pleasantly surprised. I just randomly picked it because i wanted to see something at the IFFB, and i loved the movie. Andrew Bujalski did a great job writing this conversion driven movie. The conversation felt so natural that I thought most of it was ad-libbed, but after the film he told us that while parts of the script were somewhat left open for ad-libbing, it was mostly written dialog. The main character, Alan (Justin Rice) has this wonderfully unique charisma, which really pulled me into the movie. Mr. Bujalski told us that much of that character was based on real life Justin Rice, and it came across well. I would definitely recommend checking out this movie if you can, especially for fans of Woody Allen, and it reminded me of Wes Anderson's work in some ways, probably just because of the characters.


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