The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »
Raymond De Felitta
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
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.
Nic and Jules are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. During their relationship, Jules has floundered in her "nine to five" life, sometimes trying to start a business - always unsuccessfully - or being the stay at home mom. She is currently trying to start a landscape design business. They have two teen-aged children, Joni and Laser, Nic who is Joni's biological mother, and Jules who is Laser's biological mother. Although not exact replicas, each offspring does more closely resemble his/her biological mother in temperament. Joni and Laser are also half-siblings, having the same unknown sperm donor father. Shortly after Joni's eighteenth birthday and shortly before she plans to leave the house and head off to college, Laser, only fifteen and underage to do so, pleads with her to try and contact their sperm donor father. Somewhat ... Written by
When Jules and Paul are in Paul's garden for the first time, crew members and equipment are reflected in their sunglasses. See more »
I need to say something. It's no big secret your mom and I are in hell right now, and... Bottom line is, marriage is hard. Its really fucking hard. Just two people slogging through the shit, year after year, getting older, changing. Its a fucking marathon, okay? So, sometimes, you know, you're together so long, that you just... You stop seeing the other person. You just see weird projections of your own junk. Instead of talking to each other, you go off the rails and act grubby and make stupid ...
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Funny the cover of the DVD shows everyone smiling and laughing, because that rarely happens in the film. The acting is good, but the story is depressing. Nic & Jules (2 women) have a strained marriage. They have 2 teenage children (from using a sperm-donor) Nic is the bread-winner, taking stay-at-home, artist, Jules, for granted and being the overbearing, perfectionist mom, that makes everyone want to avoid her,especially after her 3rd huge glass of wine. She's the head of the family, a doctor, critical and hard on the kids and her significant other, which makes her character very unlikable. Jules has her own problems, especially low self worth, which causes poor decision making of her own. The kids decide to find their "father", which adds another layer of dysfunction to this already emotionally overwrought family. The sperm-donor seems nice, but he has never married or purposefully had kids of his own, so he lives a very self-centered bachelor life. There are several unnecessary sex scenes and plenty of fowl language, and after watching this family make one mistake after another, it was just not an enjoyable movie, with no redeeming qualities. Depressing and frustrating, in my Humble Opinion. 5/2011
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