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Baghead

Director: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Screenwriters: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Directors Mark and Jay Duplass return to the Festival (their film The Puffy Chair played in 2005) with a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, genre-twisting comedy that explores the minutiae of relationship dynamics among a group of desperate actor friends and roasts a gamut of indie films in the process.

After attending the Los Angeles Underground Film Festival premiere of the lauded indie film We Are Naked, Chad, Katherine, Matt, and Michelle are desperate to launch their flailing careers by writing their own script, casting themselves in juicy star roles. That night they impulsively drive up to Matt’s uncle’s cabin in Big Bear, but horny ulterior motives upstage the boozy brainstorming session of good ideas for their unborn hit film. The foursome do get something out of their mumbling weekend in the woods, and it’s something that far exceeds their expectations.

Earnest performances from the talented ensemble cast seamlessly bring to life the Duplass brothers' unique brand of dim-witted comedy. There is a deep, engaged brilliance to Baghead—that is, if you can call a film brilliant when it is basically about a group of dumb actors, a bag . . . and a head.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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