Realistic Portrayal of a Slackers Without Backers
I found this movie entertaining in the sense that the story and action
moved along at a fairly even and comedic pace. There were a few pretty
funny moments: Plates being thrown on the floor, The lady entering the
motel room demanding them to leave and when he confronts the seller of
the puffy chair. I think the performances were all believable. The
story, especially the ending, was one that Hollywood would not embrace
and that is primarily the reason that films like these have to be
independent and low budge. I think it's OK that I didn't really love
this movie, because I the story is not a lovable one. It's about an
arguing couple and buying a chair. Need I say more? The appeal is more
about holding up a mirror to the world and showing us what is there. We
can talk about it, we can dismiss it or we can just use it as
information in our own relationships. Stanley Kubrick used to say to
his actors, when they would like to make the scene more real, sometimes
reality is not the most entertaining way to tell a story. I think
that's where most movies use poetic license to bend and sculpt reality
into a pill that is easy for the audience to swallow. I'm all for that,
but I also think it's nice to see a film like the Puffy Chair that
reminds us of the dysfunction that exists in all of our relationships.
This is no Little Miss Sunshine. But how this film differs from Little
Miss Sunshine is how Independent Film is supposed to differ from the
mainstream. People and ideas outside of the mainstream studio product.
There are no stars in this movie and there is no happy ending. Little
Miss Sunshine had stars and you could argue about the ending being
happy. I think it's important for films like the Puffy Chair to exist
and get entry into major film festivals because it allows new talent to
continue to be nurtured. If you look at Sundance this year, it is very
star and proved director driven. I think that is a bad thing. Let's
embrace these types of movies, whether or not they are perfect. Because
practice makes perfect. If you don't allow Independent filmmakers to
work on their craft in front of an audience, their work will die and we
will be subjected to the same old studio formulas that will numb us to
I saw this film at the 2005 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
This film had been compared in the EIFF program to Sideways - which I
liked - so I was quite looking forward to this movie. I also liked
Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite etc... so I have had good recent
experiences with slightly weird American indy films.
Unfortunately, I found that Puffy Chair does not compare favourably
with any of these movies.
I was sitting for 35 minutes waiting for something amusing, witty,
insightful or even mildly interesting to happen. It didn't - and the
shaky video cam was making me sick - so I left.
This is only the second film I have ever walked out from (the first was
"Showgirls") which is slightly disappointing. I probably could have
lasted the duration had it not been for the nauseating effects of the
wobbly picture - but nothing within the first 35 minutes gave me the
impression that I would be missing anything.