Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Mark Duplass

The star of Your Sister's Sister and Safety Not Guaranteed on his five favorite sibling movies.

by | June 12, 2012 | Comments

One of the breakout stars of the “mumblecore” movement that evolved during the mid-2000s, Mark Duplass has gone from writing, directing and starring in no-budget independent films to successfully adapting his brand of comedy-drama for a (relatively more) mainstream audience. Duplass and his brother/collaborator Jay scored indie hits with 2010’s Cyrus and this year’s Jeff, Who Lives At Home, while as an actor he’s currently starring as a self-styled time traveler in the critical fave Safety Not Guaranteed.

This week, Duplass looks to continue his fertile run with Your Sister’s Sister, Humpday director Lynne Shelton’s well-reviewed comedy which finds him caught in a love triangle with two sisters — played by Emily Blunt and Rosemary DeWitt. To mark the movie’s opening, Duplass shared his Five Favorite “sibling” Films with us — which is both fitting and revealing, considering his working dynamic with his brother and how much of their stuff revolves around the strains of family.

You Can Count On Me (Kenneth Lonergan, 2000; 97% Tomatometer)



“Terry, I f–ked my boss.” That line defines this relationship. She’s supposed to be the “together” one. Maybe she’s not. This movie was a huge influence on me. The inherent sadness and comedy of two siblings forced together to get their crappy lives on track. So good.

Say Anything… (Cameron Crowe, 1989; 98% Tomatometer)



Here you have John and Joan Cusack playing on-screen siblings. It’s a smaller relationship in the film, but the authenticity of their dynamic always stuck with me. Watch this one again just to see these two at their best.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Lasse Hallström, 1993; 89% Tomatometer)



The way that Gilbert loves Arnie in this film is so sweet and sad to me. The guilt, the exhaustion, even the jealousy. It’s a fantastic relationship and two of our best actors are
in their prime here.

Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002; 79% Tomatometer)


Adam Sandler and his gaggle of bitter, hateful, horrible sisters provide some of the most uncomfortable on-screen comedy in cinematic history. In one scene with his sisters, P.T. Anderson justifies all of his main character’s odd behavior for the entire film.

Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002; 91% Tomatometer)



These are my favorites. Donald and Charlie Kaufman. Both played by Nicholas Cage to perfection. I could go for days on this one. But the journey from Donald’s insufferable buffoonery to where they end up is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Funny, sad, beautiful stuff.


Your Sister’s Sister is in theaters this week.

Tag Cloud

TruTV Crackle ESPN Masterpiece political drama ABC TIFF Hulu NBC TCA 2017 TCA Musical Rocky BBC Oscars Video Games Podcast based on movie Showtime Awards Reality Competition The Arrangement Fox News History Polls and Games Trivia MTV Pirates Comic Book cops transformers Toys Comedy Central IFC Rock social media Warner Bros. Super Bowl Lifetime adventure travel Summer biography Countdown Star Trek E3 Country war Certified Fresh YA Adult Swim American Society of Cinematographers El Rey Cartoon Network Best and Worst crime Bravo serial killer 2016 SundanceTV 007 Red Carpet APB Interview DirecTV TNT Fall TV Paramount Set visit 2015 Marathons Mystery ITV technology 24 frames FXX Infographic vampires Grammys Starz Food Network Horror CNN GIFs Reality Dark Horse Comics zombie Character Guide supernatural Disney Channel 45 Marvel VH1 Mindy Kaling Drama BET TCM 2017 Kids & Family ABC Family Pop OWN The CW Premiere Dates First Look police drama Calendar singing competition DC Comics Nat Geo TLC cats Tomatazos PBS Election Mary Tyler Moore X-Men VICE Extras USA Superheroes Sneak Peek Martial Arts Box Office Watching Series LGBTQ composers diversity Cosplay SDCC TV Land Nominations Winter TV A&E DC Universe Thanksgiving MSNBC cooking Syfy Logo Musicals Music Winners Fantasy GoT Rom-Com Holidays Lionsgate Ghostbusters Sci-Fi E! crime drama Star Wars period drama thriller Year in Review science fiction docudrama sports Nickelodeon Disney Freeform Emmys WGN PaleyFest Sundance politics BBC America Opinion Photos Animation discovery Ellie Kemper Valentine's Day CMT Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt NYCC Amazon Netflix Schedule Trailer FX TV CBS All Access Writers Guild of America TBS Spring TV crime thriller psycho GLAAD Tumblr CBS boxoffice Biopics RT History comiccon FOX Teen President Comedy dramedy Esquire aliens HBO sitcom historical drama talk show Action AMC harry potter cinemax Universal