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.
Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from the abuse of their abusive father, Lenny Savage. Suddenly, a call comes in that his girlfriend has died, he cannot care for himself with his dementia and her family is dumping him on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father now affecting their lives even as they struggle with their own personal demons Lenny helped create. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jon Savage drives his Polish girlfriend to the airport at 6:30 AM, in broad daylight. But in November in Buffalo, it would be pitch dark at this hour (even on November 1, sunrise isn't until 7:46). See more »
I saw an advance screening in Los Angeles. It's not a National Geographic Special as the title might suggest, rather a family drama about the Savage family. I was curious about a project that attracted the talent of Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, even though I knew nothing of the movie. At first, I was turned off by an early scene involving human excrement, which I assumed was included to hook anyone who might think poo is always funny. But I warmed to the movie overall, and it actually left a deep and lasting impression on me. It is mostly dramatic, but there is enough humor for a nice balance. A particular moment I liked was when the sister (Linney) gets a plant for her dad's bedroom, and the supermarket sticker is still visible on the plastic pot. To me it represents good intentions compounded by a lack of time or focus in attention to the details, and this scene has stuck with me for some reason. This is a great movie for anyone who has, or will have, aging parents in their lives. See it.
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