Mutual Appreciation

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Mutual Appreciation
Mutual appreciation.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Andrew Bujalski
Produced by Ethan Vogt
Morgan Faust
Dia Sokol
Written by Andrew Bujalski
Starring Justin Rice
Rachel Clift
Seung-Min Lee
Andrew Bujalski
Music by Justin Rice
Kevin Micka
Bishop Allen
Matt & Mossy
The Common Cold
Brandon Patton
Cinematography Matthias Grunsky
Edited by Andrew Bujalski
Distributed by Goodbye Cruel Releasing
Release date
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mutual Appreciation is a 2005 independent film by Andrew Bujalski who previously directed Funny Ha Ha (2002). The script is primarily dialogue between a group of young people as they try to determine where they fit in the world. It is considered part of the mumblecore movement.


The principal characters are Lawrence, Ellie, Alan and Sara. Lawrence, a teaching assistant, and Ellie have been together for about a year. Lawrence loves Ellie, and she outwardly reciprocates while masking her doubts about their relationship. Sara is a radio disc jockey. She meets Alan, a former member of a band called The Bumblebees, at the radio station and invites him to her apartment.



Shot in black-and-white, the film stars Justin Rice of the indie rock band Bishop Allen and features music from the band's debut album Charm School. Andrew Bujalski's previous film Funny Ha Ha starred Christian Rudder, also of Bishop Allen.

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