The Puffy Chair

The Puffy Chair is a 2005 road movie mumblecore[3] film written and directed by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. It stars Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton and Rhett Wilkins. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005, and went onto screen at South by Southwest in March 2005, winning the Audience Award. The film was released on June 2, 2006, by Netflix and Roadside Attractions.[4]

The Puffy Chair
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Directed by
  • Jay Duplass
  • Mark Duplass (uncredited)
Produced by
  • Mark Duplass
  • Jay Duplass (uncredited)
Written by
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 18, 2005 (2005-01-18) (Sundance)
  • June 2, 2006 (2006-06-02) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$194,523[2]


The film concerns the relationships between men, women, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends. The protagonist discovers on eBay a replica of a lounge chair that was used by his father long ago. The resulting road trip to pick up and deliver the chair as a birthday present for the father in Atlanta takes interesting twists.


  • Mark Duplass as Josh
  • Katie Aselton as Emily
  • Rhett Wilkins as Rhett
  • Julie Fischer as Amber
  • Larry Duplass as Josh's Dad
  • Cindy Duplass as Josh's Mom
  • Jim Whalen as Doctor


The film was made for $15,000, money borrowed from the Duplass's parents.[5] All of the film's actors were paid $100 a day, with extensive improvisation used.[6][7] It was lensed with Panasonic AG-DVX100.[8]

The scenes set in North Carolina were actually filmed in the small town of Milbridge, Maine, hometown of Katie Aselton; in fact, the filmmakers stayed with Aselton's parents during production.


The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2005.[9] Shortly after, Netflix and Roadside Attractions acquired distribution rights to the film.[10] The film went onto screen at South by Southwest on March 11, 2005.[11] The film won the Audience Award at the festival.[12] The film was released in a limited release on June 2, 2006.[13]

Critical receptionEdit

The Puffy Chair received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 77% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 6.78/10. The critical consensus reads: "First-timer Duplass offers a realistic and thoughtful romantic comedy."[14] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 73 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews.[15]

Scott Founders of Variety gave the film a positive review writing : "The delicate art of reupholstery, as it applies to furniture and human relationships, gives weight to the comic machinations of “The Puffy Chair,” the smart and painfully funny debut feature by filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. [It] is an unusually human comedy of manners that, even when it falters, feels like a breath of fresh air pumped into an asphyxiating genre. Warm Sundance reception suggests dirt-cheap pic could develop a strong word-of-mouth following, particularly among college auds(sic)."[16] Nick Schager of gave the film 2.5/4 writing : "the film never quite strikes a comfortable or graceful balance between silliness and solemnity, so that when the informal story eventually transforms into a sobering portrait of a crumbling relationship, the effect—compounded by the often-unlikable self-involvement of its characters—is more off-putting than appealing."[17]


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  2. ^ "The Puffy Chair". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ Grierson, Tim (March 14, 2012). "Say Goodbye to Mumblecore How The Duplass Brothers Rise Above The Ramble". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  4. ^ Scott, A. O. (August 4, 2006). "'The Puffy Chair' Tells the Story of a Trip to Atlanta (and to Adulthood)". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Herandez, Eugene (July 17, 2006). "indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, Creators of "The Puffy Chair"". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (August 4, 2015). "The Puffy Chair,' 10 Years Later: How a Little Indie Flick Predicted the Future of Film". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Puffy Chair (2005)". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Gvozden, Dan (April 8, 2013). "THE PUFFY CHAIR – STREAM MY REELS". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Otto, M. Rebekah (May 2009). "CREATIVE ACCOUNTING". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  10. ^ B, Brian (January 18, 2006). "Roadside and Netflix Join Forces for 'The Puffy Chair'". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Badgley, Shawn (March 11, 2005). "Uneasy LovinThe Puffy Chair'". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  12. ^ Beale, Lewis (August 2, 2006). "THE PUFFY CHAIR". Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Puffy Chair". Apple Trailers. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  14. ^ "The Puffy Chair (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "The Puffy Chair". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  16. ^ Founders, Scott (February 15, 2005). "Review: 'The Puffy Chair'". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Schager, Nick (July 18, 2006). "The Puffy Chair". Retrieved March 17, 2016.

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