There has been a lot of talk lately in the film world about the Mumblecore movement. Most critics are claiming that the movement is over and some that it never even existed to begin with. I for one adore these indie films because I find them completely relatable.
For those less familiar with the term Mumblecore, it’s used to characterize low budget indie films about 20 and 30- somethings that usually feature nonprofessional actors (but not always, see Jeff, Who Lives at Home). The films are coming of age stories, about growing up and figuring out your life, but they’re not typical coming of age films because the characters are older rather than in their teens. They’re simple and thought-provoking and there’s not much “happening.” The dialogue and relationships are what’s important. They’re often improvised.
If you’re in your 20s or 30s and you haven’t quite figured your life out yet, or if you feel like it’s all falling apart, you can probably relate to Mumblecore films. If you like movies with action and explosions and a really busy and cluttered plot, then Mumblecore probably isn’t for you. If you like indie romance or road trip films and shaky cams, you’ll probably like Mumblecore. They’re messy and real and are appealing to the kinds of people they’re about. Mumblecore is not for everyone. I tried to get one of my friends to watch THE PUFFY CHAIR and he didn’t make it 15 minutes before he had to quit.
Here are some must-see Mumblecore films (and some that may not completely fall into the Mumblecore category but are similar):
The Puffy Chair
Funny Ha Ha
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Wah Do Dem
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Safety Not Guaranteed