Funny Ha Ha

Screening on Film
Directed by Andrew Bujalski.
With Kate Dollenmayer, Christian Rudder, Andrew Bujalski.
US, 2002, 35mm, color, 85 min.

Featuring a cast and crew of Harvard grads, Andrew Bujalski’s debut feature provides an insightful look at contemporary relationships that falls outside the sugary optimism of Hollywood romance. Marnie is a 23-year-old office temp struggling to maintain her dignity and sense of humor—amidst mundane tasks at work for which she is clearly overqualified—and several ill-advised romantic situations. Bujalski moves his cadre of characters beyond the guarded wisecracking of so many young indies and pushes them toward a more vulnerable, and sometimes painful, truthfulness. Filmed in 2002 but released theatrically last year, Bujalski’s work was selected by New York Times critic A.O. Scott as one of the ten best films of 2005.

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