Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author ... See full summary »
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Lester is an occasional substitute teacher and he's very jealous. He is jealous about the last boyfriend of Lester's slightly wacky current partner Ramona - arrogant best-selling author Dashiell. Lester joins Dashiell's therapy group under an alias to find out if Dashiell still has any feelings for her. Written by
On The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance marquee that appears in the film, a quote ("a classic") is attributed to G Brown. The critic in question is Georgia Brown, famed Village Voice film critic and mother of writer/director Noah Baumbach. See more »
Numerous occurrences. At one point, not only is the mike visible, the *boom* is visible. See more »
After the final credits Lester, Vince and Lint are shown in an additional scene in the diner. They apparently have been playing dominos and Lint is somehow offended and is packing up his set while accusing Vince of still having a 20-sided die from their D&D days. See more »
Mr. Jealousy while not everyman, is certainly a typical kind of man, especially in today's world of endlessly mixed sexual signals. So convincingly, poignantly, and sympathetically portrayed here by Eric Stoltz, Mr Jealousy hardly allows us to ignore our own (mister's) part in his makeup. We love his humor and sense his pain too.
I think it is the wonderful restraint and a great complementary cast that helps bring this home to us. One can fully relax (no squirming, trust me) with the manner and content of this comedy, which makes this film a kind of gem, I think. And the therapy scenes deserve special notice. The opening may be a bit thin, and the ending both thin and forced, but the body is of a different terrain, a bittersweet movie unto itself. (someone think of a better ending!)
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