A funny and sweet look at some people who aren't really sure of what to do about a nagging sensation at the back of their minds making them think that they need to do something pretty crazy to somehow make up for the potential missed opportunities and compromises that have led them to their current circumstances.
Sadly embarrassing, is it a comedy or a catalogue of things not to do in sexual relationships. I would find it funny if it was not so representative of the reality of the experimentally non monogamous who come and trash it for the considerate ethically non monogamous. The little meta bit at the end somewhat saves the thing.
This is a snooze-fest around the too-familiar indy theme of an unconventional bearded brother turning up unannounced to stay with clean-shaven conventional married sibling and causing furrowed brows all round. The duet conversations are simply interminable. Longing to hear someone shout "Grow up!" A filmic concept as subtle as the title.
the acting and cinematography in this film were firmly indie. the two protagonist were equally charming and sexy, and the wife was well cast too. i would have liked there to be some kind of reveal at the end that who have told exposed a greater truth of one of the characters.
Cool concept. I love this film's ability to see grey areas and portray friendship. The husband/wife relationship, however, lacked some chemistry for me. The very opening scene between the husband and wife was so intimate and so real but that energy between them wasn't achieved over the course of the film. At times when stakes were high, the lead actor seemed irreverent and distant. It was OK!
I saw this at Sundance with a first audience. The straight men were squirming. The gays were thinking "what's the problem exactly?" The women were saying, "you guys are so f**ked up." As a satire of middle class men, marriage, liberal ideals, and even artistic pretense, it is perversely inspired but sweet. Duplass and Leonard are great for this improv acting style. (Shelton's Your Sister's Sister is also very good)
More than anything, I think Humpday is a truly contemporary coming-of-age film. One friend contemplates the shallowness of his artist-traveler-sexual adventurer-existence; the other wants to experience something outside of his 'normal' adult life. The voyeuristic, sexual foil to these contemplations of self is an amateur porn/art--conflagrating self, sex, art, and the masses.
Two heterosexual friends decide to take bromance to new levels…all in the name of art porno. Besides the fact they both seem to be fans of the ladies, there is another problem...one of them is married (D’oh). Awkwardness ensues, but an interesting take on sexual identities and hidden feelings.