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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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After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all... See full summary »

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David Benger ...
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Molly Barton ...
Graduate Student
Bo Berkman ...
Graduate Student
Matthew Kaplan ...
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Graduate Student
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,938, 14 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,362,100, 19 March 2006
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The composers of the film's score, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, can be seen in the audience at the school talent show. See more »

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Bernard misrepresents the end of Breathless: he says that Michel says "You're a bitch!" to Patricia at the end; actually, Michel says "It's disgusting," then Patricia asks Detective Vital what Michel said, and Vital misreports it as "You're disgusting." It's unlikely that someone with such a deep interest in art house film would get it so wrong. See more »

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Frank Berkman: Mom and me versus you and Dad.
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The end credits include this dedication: "For Mannie". See more »

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Referenced in The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) See more »

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Let's Go
Written by Glenn Mercer (as Glenn K. Sybesma) & Bill Million (as William J. Clayton)
Performed by The Feelies
Courtesy of Pravda Records, Inc.
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Great script and a cast of champions
19 September 2005 | by 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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