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Funny Ha Ha
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2007
Thank you for finally releasing this in the UK! I saw both of Bujalski's films in New York an age ago and have been telling everyone over here to see them, without realising they weren't available. Anyway, see this one first and see what the hype is about.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2007
Really does remind me of Cassavetes (I know other reviewers have said this already) but when you see written-by-committee films week in, week out it is great to see a film like this get a cinema release. Mutual Appreciation, his second, is more accomplished but this one has more heart.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2007
I bought this on the basis of the strong reviews it got when it released in cinemas earlier this year. Not what I was expecting (it is very low-fi) but strangely engaging and by the end I could sort of see why Bujalksi has been so praised. Mutual Appreciation is in the same vein and probably a stronger film. Let's hope he keeps making intelligent films like this.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2007
Bujalski's debut reveals him as a beacon of hope for the low-budget film industry. His understanding of the rhythms of conversation and understated humour make him stand out from the overcrowded indie field.

Mutual Appreciation, his hipper follow-up, confirms this promise. One to keep watching.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2007
Not sure why it took so long for this to be released in the UK - seems that too many smaller films never get into cinemas over here, unlike the US. Had read so many great reviews from US sites and now it seems everyone loves it over here too. You have to get into the pace of the film but once you do it's so much more intelligent and insightful than 'similar' indie fare. Marnie is a brilliant and engaging character - shame that the actress doesn't seem to have been in anything else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2007
This is the film for anyone who is bored of watching studio 'indie' films (hello Little Miss Sunshine) with their plot-by-numbers and script that ticks off all the supposed essential indie elements. Bujalski has a total empathy with his characters and doesn't force them into situations just to tick an indie box. And unsurprisingly therefore you see warmth for the people in the film and their, perhaps, unspectacular lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
Though not quite as polished or impressive as Bujaski's follow-up, 'Mutual Appreciation', 'Funny Ha Ha' is nevertheless a hugely enjoyable, affecting and realistic portrait of twentysomething American life. The film follows Marnie, a Boston slacker, as she deals with temp jobs, the search for employment, her feelings for her best friend Alex, and the affections of awkward, but kindly colleague Mitchell (a superb turn from Bujaski himself). The film has been rightly praised for its authentic and heartfelt depiction of both the major characters, and the lives they inhabit - a mixture of quiet gatherings, mediocre to okay employment, and drunken parties. 'Funny Ha Ha''s exploration of Marnie's personal relationships, especially that between her and Mitchell, is, however, the film's strongest facet - and their mixture of genuine connection and frustrated silences is both a deeply personal and a universal one. These positives are made possible, though, by Kate Dollenmayer's excellent portrayal as the engaging, and often charming, but flawed Marnie; who works well with an admittedly promising script.

There are a few drawbacks to 'Funny Ha Ha'. Without giving too much away, the film's final scene felt rather hollow; and Alex, the object of Marnie's desires during the film, seems a rather vapid character, who never seems particularly pleasant, or easy to engage with. Still, though these things serve to stop 'Funny Ha Ha' quite reaching its potential brilliance, it is nevertheless an excellent film; and one boosted by a superb soundtrack, the highlight provided by Bishop Allen's superb song 'Bishop Allen Drive'; the band having long-term links with Bujaski. For those looking for an engaging and relatable indie flick, or just 90 minutes of low-key but engrossing filmmaking, I would highly recommend 'Funny Ha Ha'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2006
I saw this last year in the US - I'm not sure when it is coming out here but I heard it might be later this year. Its rare for a low-budget film like this to be so intelligent and well acted. I haven't seen the director's second film, Mutual Appreciation, which has just come out in the US but it is supposed to be even better. Why aren't there any young British directors making films like this..?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2007
A low-budget movie actually worth watching! Beautifully presented along with it's companion film, Mutual Appreciation, by new distributor Diffusion Pictures. Glad to hear that Bujalski is sticking to his low-budget aesthetic for his third film, despite all the hype and attention of his first two films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2007
Andrew Bujalski has been hugely hyped as the next American indie king and I can see why from this film with its understated humour and accurate but warm observations. His second film, Mutual Appreciation, is just as good and confirms him as a definite talent to watch.
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