Mutual Appreciation

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Mutual Appreciation
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Promotional poster
Directed byAndrew Bujalski
Produced byEthan Vogt
Morgan Faust
Dia Sokol
Written byAndrew Bujalski
StarringJustin Rice
Rachel Clift
Seung-Min Lee
Andrew Bujalski
Music byJustin Rice
Kevin Micka
Bishop Allen
Matt & Mossy
The Common Cold
Brandon Patton
CinematographyMatthias Grunsky
Edited byAndrew Bujalski
Distributed byGoodbye Cruel Releasing
Release date
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 87% based on 54 reviews, and an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Director Bujalski continues to give cinematic voice to awkward, literate twentysomethings with noteworthy smarts and tenderness."[1] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 84 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[2]


  1. ^ "Mutual Appreciation (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mutual Appreciation Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 20, 2018.

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