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Festival Year

2009 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Dramatic Competition


Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard

Non-Cast Credits

Lynn Shelton, Lynn Shelton, Lynn Shelton, Jennifer Maas, Steven Schardt, Ben Kasulke, Nat Sanders, Jasminka Vukcevic, Vinny Smith


It's been a decade since Ben and Andrew were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up, unannounced, on Ben's doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. After a night of perfunctory carousing, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest. But what kind of boundary-breaking porn can two dudes make? After the booze and big talk run out, only one idea remains they will have sex together on camera. It's not gay; it's beyond gay. It's not porn; it's an art project. But how will it work? And more importantly, who will tell Anna, Ben's wife? Judging by writer and director Lynn Shelton, it takes a talented woman to unearth the biggest ironies in the male ego. Humpday is a buddy movie gone wild. Shelton expertly mines this clever construct for every possible comedic and irreverent moment. The three lead actors deliver fine-tuned performances amidst postmodern patter and tight, crisp storytelling. Shelton's command of her craft shines brightest when our two gentlemen finally get down to the task at hand: creating a classic wriggle in your seat moment of truth.


John Cooper (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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