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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.

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Carl
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Molly Barton ...
Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ...
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Simon Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch ...
Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz ...
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Storyline

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Joint Custody Blows.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language | See all certifications »

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16 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Historias de familia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$279,938 (USA) (14 October 2005)

Gross:

$7,362,100 (USA) (17 March 2006)
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Bill Murray was set to star in the main role, but backed out in the last minute because he wanted to take a break after filming Broken Flowers (2005). He was later replaced by Jeff Daniels. See more »

Goofs

The close-up of the letter Frank receives says "Mr Beckman" twice not "Mr Berkman". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Berkman: Mom and me versus you and Dad.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include this dedication: "For Mannie". See more »

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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 27 March 2006 (2006) See more »

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Great script and a cast of champions
19 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Almost a perfect movie. Everyone needs to see this one.

Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney are both extraordinary. Factor in the performances of Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline and this may be the most well-acted movie I've seen in a couple of years.

I've never enjoyed watching Daniels so much. Kline hits a home-run in his first major role. Eisenberg's performance is Oscar-worthy. (Yes, Daniels is great, but Eisenberg earns a Best Supporting Actor nomination in this one!)

What I enjoyed most of all is how some very, VERY delicate humor is brilliantly woven throughout this incredibly sad movie.

Cheers to Noah Baumbach for putting his life on paper and letting these terrific actors tell the tale.

That's it. Thanks for reading.


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