Bromance: it's a trendy topic. Between Brody Jenner's reality show, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel's I Love You, Man, and practically anything Judd Apatow touches, it's clear that platonic man-love on film is here to stay. Sundance darling Humpday takes the notion to an entirely new level, but not in the way you might expect. It's not overtly graphic — Bruno is much, much more in-your-face — but the squirm factor here is just as high. The uncomfortableness comes not from the explicit content (there is only one scene of brief nudity), but more from the raw, emotional dialogue and shockingly realistic acting.
I went into the screening expecting a film similar in tone to John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus — lots of indie actors, a sprinkling of sex scenes, a few off-beat laughs. And, while all of that is true, this movie feels wildly different. In fact, if I had to compare it to one other film it would be, weirdly, The Blair Witch Project. Topically the two couldn't be more different, but from the way each are shot (documentary style) to the way the characters interact, both give you a feeling that you're in on the action. As my friend said, "I feel like I'm living these scenes." I couldn't agree more.
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