Synopsis: Imagine your life is somewhat complete with a house, job, and wife but then your best friend from college comes knocking at your door at 2 AM. During a pot-induced hedonistic party, a plan is hatched between the two friends to create an Art Film of “two really straight men having sex.” If they only knew how much this would affect all of their lives.
Round-up: “Lynn Shelton’s marvelous chamber comedy ‘Humpday’ butts up against the same sort of taboos as ‘Bruno,’ and in its fumbling, semi-improvised way, it’s equally hilarious and even more subversive,” notes David Edelstein for New York M... agazine about the “other gay movie,” about two straight best friends who decide to have sex on a dare. “It’s a dramatic neutron bomb, exploding inner lives while leaving social structures intact… ‘Humpday’ is a bigger threat to homophobes than ‘Brüno’ because there aren’t any flamers on display. Gay, straight, bi—it’s all shades of gray.” J. Hoberman in the Village Voice also compares the two films: “Just as ‘Bruno’ is more of a comment on celebrity culture than the love (or hate) that dare not speak its name, ‘Humpday’ is actually less a queer comedy than a satiric view of macho. Appreciative as Shelton may be of her dudes, she has another agenda. Each in his own way, the guys have been freaked by a manifestation of assertive female sexuality—although the term ‘pussy-whipped’ is never used.” Spout’s Karina Longworth calls it a “whip-smart, uproariously funny comedy which uses a dumb, drunken, ‘bros will be bros’ dare as the in point to talk about, amongst other things, the inevitable loss of self in long term relationships and the ongoing conquest to reconcile who we really are with who we’d like to think we could be… More grown up (and interested in the emotional pitfalls of what it means to grow up) than many recent American DIY films, and far more accessible to a non-film-savvy audience than Duplass’ last Sundance entry ‘Baghead,’ ‘Humpday’ may usher in the moment when some notable tropes of what we once called mumblecore can be successfully applied to more mainstream genre fare without the uinitiated turning off.”