American independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski makes his feature debut as a writer/director with the microbudgeted Funny Ha Ha. Shot on-location in Boston on 16 mm film, the movie is predominately cast with unprofessional actors engaging in realistic discourse. Main character Marnie is played by first-time actress Kate Dollenmayer, a student at CalArts who previously worked on Richard Linklater's Waking Life. Marnie goes about her everyday life with a conflicted love for her friend Alex (Christian Rudder) and a dispassionate attitude toward her job as a temp office worker. While at work she meets the nervous Mitchell, played by the director. Funny Ha Ha was shown at the 2003 IFP Los Angeles Film Festival.
Commentary with Russian scholar ; Radio play; Portrait gallery; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery; Stereo; 4x3 full frame
Side #1 -- Play Feature Scene Selection Trailer Special Features An Outside Perspective From a Russian Scholar On Off Portrait Gallery by Lissa Patton Rudder A Radio Play Trailer Gallery Play All Palindromes In the Realms of the Unreal Nina's Tragedies Tarnation Strings Coming Attractions Kings & Queen Dear Wendy The Beat That My Heart Skipped Play All
This horrifying spectacle received the outlandish praise of being akin to Cassavetes. Granted, some of Cassavetes' movies are less good than his others, but not even 'Husbands' deserves comparison to this mindless gibberish. If you can tell the difference between 'realistic dialog' and 'unwritten dialog,' please stay far far away from this one. If you like movies about characters who only say 'like but so yeah and uh-huh and I'm like oh yeah' for 2 hours, buy it now.
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Funny Ha Ha" is a smartly observed, unpretentious, and unconventional comedy of manners