Office drone Ben (Mark Duplass) is happy with his humdrum existence until he attends a party with long-lost buddy Andrew (Joshua Leonard). Eager to prove he can still cut loose, Ben agrees to take part in an upcoming DIY porn film festival: having sex with Andrew.
Shelton’s sardonic eye for the rituals of masculine bonding is unerring: as the pressure on our heroes builds, the deal develops from a stoned bet into a bizarre test of manhood. The characters are wholly believable: is Andrew, with his globetrotting past and smooth line with the ladies really more ‘manly’ than homebody Ben, with his picket fence and steady income? But what finally lifts ‘Humpday’ above macho junk like ‘The Hangover’ is its all-inclusive warmth: for all their adolescent self-delusion, Shelton truly loves these characters. And after 90 minutes, so will you.
Cast and crew
I thought it was a funny film and the plot sufficiently credible. (Something many scriptwriters, directors, and cast would have a problem pulling off.) Maybe a couple of minutes could have fallen to the cutting room floor, but that applies to most films. There was a good mix of people in the audience when I saw it, with many gasps, and laughs. I thought the subject matter was very well handled, and not offensive in any way. Recommended.