Alan, a musician whose band has just broken up, moves to New York hoping to put together a new version of the group. He searches for a drummer for a show he’s already lined up and otherwise goes about the mechanics of self-promotion. In down time he drinks and strategizes with his old friend Lawrence, a grad student, and Lawrence’s girlfriend Ellie, a journalist. Alan endeavors to keep his shoulder to the wheel and fends off distractions of both romantic and decidedly unromantic natures, while Ellie meanwhile grows anxious and finds herself compelled by Alan ... Long nights and mixed emotions ensue. MUTUAL APPRECIATION continues in the same methodological vein that director Andrew Bujalski and much of the crew developed on their previous film, FUNNY HA HA - minimal equipment, lightweight crew, non-professional actors, room for "happy accidents"- but the filmmakers have stumbled upon a stranger, darker, funnier tone with MUTUAL APPRECIATION.
Cast: Justin Rice, Rachel Clift, Andrew Bujalski, Seung-Min Lee, Pamela Corkey
Director: Andrew Bujalski