Blue Jay

Synopsis: The two main characters, Jim and Amanda (Mark and Sarah) were high school sweethearts, but as time has passed they moved on with their lives and they have now become adults who have had their own different experiences along the way and now that they have reunited, we find they still have that chemistry between them. This was great casting, these two actors work really well together, normally I throw 9's and 10's all over the place These characters are so natural, so done with this earth in the sense that they live in our world, they are believable and now need an escape even if it is just for a single day. This movie focuses on just them, these two people for the entire film and I cannot thank Mark Duplass for this (he is the screenwriter) because I have not seen a film where the two main characters are the only characters, I didn't get sick of them, I did not find them boring, ever, they were very fleshed out and they felt like genuine, real people who were put in this situation and n
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Alex Lehmann
Production: Duplass Brothers
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min

[birds chirping]

[clock ticking]

[woman announcing on pa]


Oh, God.


Hi Amanda.


Oh my God.

[Amanda laughs]

How are you?

I am...

I am really good.

How are you?


How are you?

Did I ask that already?

-You did, but I am happy to...


happy to tell you again.

You're good?



So, you...

are you...

are you living

here now? Or you...

Oh, no, I'm...

I'm here to see my sister.


-You remember?


-I'm sure... Yeah.

-It's Elissa.


Getting... cooking...

just some...

Grated ginger

and capers and...

ice cream.

I didn't brush my teeth.

[Amanda laughing]

That's why I'm licking my teeth

a lot right now, I don't know.

So, anyway, I don't want

to hold you...

Obviously if you have...



Yeah. Okay.

-All right.


[Amanda clears throat]

[sighs deeply]



Here's your change.

[birds chirping]


This is my car. Yeah.


-Too weird.


Hey, do you want

to get a coffee?





[Jim] Yeah, good.

It's good.

Good, yeah.

I heard about your Mom.

I was really

sorry to hear it.

Oh yeah, thanks.

You know, she...

she was sick for a little bit,

so it was, you know, we were

prepared for it

-But thanks, you know.



We've been clearing out

her house a little bit

and I think would

have fix it up and...

maybe sell it, so...

Fix it up yourself?

Yeah. That's kind

of what I do.

Work on houses and stuff.



You build them?

You do all the...

I do... I mostly

do the dry wall stuff.

Uncle John runs the business,

so I got caught up with him,


you know, we did

a bunch of work.

in New Orleans

after Katrina and then...

It's boring as sh*t but...

It's not boring.

It's not boring.

I didn't know that's what

you were doing.

Yeah. It's good. It's steady

and it's consistent.

And... Yeah, it's cool.

It's fun.



I don't know.

You seem...

Yeah, yeah.

No, it's good.

It's like...

I end up in Tuscon

and it's great.

Really nice, warm climate

and I dig it.

-It's too hot.

-No, it's good.

It's better, you know,

it's not like here.


That's... that's what

I've been doing.



Tuscon. Warm.

You know,

my parents moved.

to Florida.

To be warm.


They may move back.

They may have to move back.

Yeah. What's going on?

My sister's having a baby.


Yeah. That's the grand

parent pressure.


-You know.

You're not married, huh?

No. Married to the work.

Married to the dry wall?

Married to the work.

You know, I like it.

You know, it's good.

It's really good for me.

I think that's how I...

Yeah, it's good and...

I think it's bright for me.

You know.

[Jim gulps]

You okay?



Trying to get through

this coffee.


This coffee is terrible.

The Blue Jay has gone

down the hill.



Tell me about

your husband.



Oh, God. I don't even know

where to start.

I got really lucky.

He's a really...

incredibly supportive,

very nurturing,

wonderful guy.

His name is Chris.

And when I met him,

he had two small boys.

And so...

Boom! Insta... insta Mom.

And his ex-wife was really

wonderful to me.

Their whole childhood

we had a week with them

and a week off.

And so, you know,

one week, it's just

the two of us. We can do

whatever we want

whenever we want to

and footloose and fancy

free and then next week

it's little league

and soccer games

and then studying

for their SAT's

and college tours

and you know...



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Mark Duplass

Mark David Duplass (born December 7, 1976) is an American film director, film producer, actor, musician, screenwriter, and author. He was a co-star of the FX television series The League. He is the brother of filmmaker Jay Duplass, and together the brothers started the film production company Duplass Brothers Productions, and have directed films such as The Puffy Chair (2005), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011), and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012). Mark and Jay co-created the HBO television series Togetherness in 2015. more…

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