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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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

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Ivan
David Benger ...
Carl
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Molly Barton ...
Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Simon Kaplan ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kirsch ...
Graduate Student
Daniella Markowicz ...
Graduate Student
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Graduate Student
Ben Schrank ...
Graduate Student
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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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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic dialogue and language | See all certifications »

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16 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Historias de familia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,362,100 (USA) (19 March 2006)
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Trivia

Although the movie is heavily autobiographical, director and writer Noah Baumbach said he never pretended to have written "Hey You" by Pink Floyd for a school contest. In reality, a friend of his did it with a Who song, and Baumbach borrowed the story because it felt so much like something that could've come from his childhood. See more »

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The police officer who issues Bernard a ticket for double parking is wearing a post-1994 Navy blue uniform. The uniforms in 1986 were sky blue. See more »

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[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 '72: Episode dated 27 March 2006 (2006) See more »

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Street Hassle
Written and Performed by Lou Reed
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Licensing
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"Superficial and Detached"
7 October 2011 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

When I saw that this film was directed by the brilliant writer/director Noah Baumbach, I was excited. However, when I bought this film without seeing it beforehand...I immediately regretted it. "The Squid and the Whale" is an extremely pretentious film with a very stilted script and a very disappointing performance from all of the cast except for Owen Kline. The overall feel of the film was scripted, stilted, and superficial; and I was hoping that the acting would save this awful film but it didn't. I even thought that Anna Paquin's acting was sub-par, given her small yet important role in the film. I wanted to like this movie...I did...but I just couldn't in the end. So I give this film 1 of 10 stars. And I wouldn't recommend this film to anyone...except for insomniacs. Actually...not even them.


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