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Humpday movie poster. Seashel Pictures.
Directed by Lynn Shelton
Produced by Lynn Shelton
Written by Lynn Shelton
Starring Mark Duplass
Joshua Leonard
Alycia Delmore
Lynn Shelton
Trina Willard
Music by Vince Smith
Cinematography Benjamin Kasulke
Editing by Nat Sanders
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date(s) July 10, 2009
Running time 94 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Humpday is a 2009 American comedy film starring Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, and Alycia Delmore; and directed, produced, and written by Lynn Shelton. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance film festival. International distribution rights have been purchased by Magnolia Pictures for a mid-six figure sum.[1][2] The film opened in New York City on a limited released on July 10, 2009.[3]



Two heterosexual male friends Ben (Duplass) and Andrew (Leonard) meet after having not seen each other for 10 years. During a wild party, they find themselves locked in a "mutual dare" situation engaging to make a gay pornography film, including anal sex, as an "art project" between two straight guys and submit it to the HUMP! film festival. They do not decide yet who will penetrate who. Ben tells Andrew that he will tell his wife Anna (Delmore). In fact, when Ben is about to tell Anna, and starts to mention the festival, she reacts so negatively, that Ben lies that he will be an assistant, not a model. In a later conversation between Andrew and Anna, Andrew understands that Anna already knows, and accidentally reveals it to her. Anna is not happy with it, but Ben insists he wants to do it.

Ben and Andrew meet in a hotel, bringing a video camera. First they film themselves kissing each other on the mouth, and hugging each other in underpants. While each is careful not to be the quitter if the other wants to continue, they decide together to call off all further sex, also because each would have trouble to get an erection necessary for penetration.


The film produced by Lynn Shelton was shot in 2008 in Seattle in less than two weeks. Some of the conversation in the movie was improvised.


Reception and Awards

The film received generally positive reviews upon premiering at Sundance (source needed), although some have criticized the film of being ironically homophobic (homosexuality as a trend) and sexist (female rapes a male). It has been categorized by some reviewers as part of the mumblecore movement in indie cinema.[4]

It was an award winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, receiving a "Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Independence".[5] In 2009, The New York Times' Stephen Holden selected the movie as a "NYT Critics' Pick".[6], and New York Magazine also selected it as a "Critics' Pick".[7]

The film currently holds a 78% (positive) on Rotten Tomatoes of 120 reviews.


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hump day

hump days

hump day (plural hump days)

  1. (US) Wednesday. Refers to the idea of Wednesday being the middle of the work-week, meaning it's "over-the-hump" when this day is over.

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