is endearing, kind and, in many ways, Noah Baumbach
’s best movie to date. One could trace his films, from his debut (Kicking and Screaming
) to his most recent (Greenberg
) and see a slow but steady focus on the individual, as well as his abandonment of an ironic, sometimes caustic stance against the very characters he writes. It is as if Baumbach could only write a certain type of person—the privileged, socially crippled intellectual with either too much self-awareness or none at all—and for a while it seemed like even the writer himself couldn’t stand to be in the...